National Human Rights Officer - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Moldova
The UN Human Rights Office (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. It has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.
The Human Rights Advisors presence (HRA presence) in Moldova, led by the International Human Rights Advisor, assists the UN RC Office, UN Country Team in Moldova (UNCT), Government and civil society in strengthening human rights and human rights-based approaches, working closely with the UN Country Team on capacity building and mainstreaming human rights in their work, as well as providing support in engagement with national actors on human rights, including advising national authorities upon request. According to the Country Programme for 2018-2021 OHCHR in Moldova is developing its activities based on the following framework pillars: a) Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations; b) Increasing the implementation of the international human rights mechanisms outcomes; c) Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; d) Integrating human rights in sustainable development; e) Enhancing and protecting civic space and people’s participation.
Starting from 2022 the HRA presence in Moldova jointly with UNDP and UNICEF will be implementing the project “Paradigm Shift to Disability Inclusive Services, Accountability and Governance in Moldova” (2022 - 2023), funded by the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD). The project will address three major barriers to inclusion of persons with disabilities in Moldova: (i) predominant medical approach to disability assessment and determination, (ii) limited accountability and governance mechanisms for CRPD implementation and (iii) limited mainstreaming of rights of persons with disabilities in the national programmes, development programmes, budgets and monitoring processes.
The project has three main outcomes:
• Outcome 1 Capacity of national stakeholders, especially of key duty bearers and rights holders, is enhanced, to ensure more effective contributions towards disability inclusive policies, systems and - for the implementation of the CRPD and SDGs;
• Outcome 2. Gaps in achievement of essential building blocks or preconditions to CPRD implementation in development and humanitarian programs are addressed.
• Outcome 3. National development and humanitarian plans, budgets, programs and monitoring processes are disability inclusive.
While OHCHR in Moldova will be engaged in the majority of the outputs of the above mentioned outcomes, OHCHR will have the leading role in following:
Outcome 1: (a) Capacity of UNCT Moldova staff improved on mainstreaming disability in development cooperation frameworks and programs; (b) OPDs and informal groups, including persons from rural areas, women with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, are capacitated and mobilized to participate in the design and piloting of guidelines for the transition from the medical to the human rights-based approach to disability determination in three pilot regions
Outcome 2: Established formal multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral consultative mechanism to support legislative policy and systems changes and engage persons with disabilities, including children and women with disabilities and their representative organizations, in harmonization of implementation framework on disability determination, data collection and access to assistive devices and technologies with CRPD standards.
Outcome 3: (a) Disability is mainstreamed in the UNSDCF 2023-2027 design and implementation; (b) National framework of indicators for SDGs progress monitoring and reporting are disability inclusive and aligned with CRPD standards (with expertise).
For the other components/outputs under each of the outcome, OHCHR in Moldova, will ensure that all the interventions are CRPD compliant. Also, as full and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities is one of the preconditions of advancing the implementation of CRPD, OHCHR will facilitate the engagement of persons with disabilities, families of children with disabilities, OPDs, CSOs in the field, in all processes.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Human Rights Adviser and in close collaboration with a National Human Rights Officer, the incumbent is responsible for the management of OHCHR activities within the mentioned project and for the coordination of all project activities through a range of actions: substantively contribute and ensure effective and efficient implementation of the activities under the OHCHR leadership; contribute to mainstreaming human rights and human rights based approach to disability throughout different activities of the project, including the activities under the leadership of UNDP and UNICEF; apply and promote the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP and OHCHR rules and regulations; ensure the substantive internal coordination, as well as coordination with UNDP and UNICEF; monitoring and evaluation throughout project implementation, ensuring synergies between the components of the project, communicating project objectives and results, reporting and engaging with all stakeholders. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with other members of the Human Rights Advisor team for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex program/project-related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with applicable programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems
Duties and Responsibilities
The National Human Rights Officer, in close cooperation with consultants, under the guidance and supervision of the UN Human Rights Adviser, in close collaboration with OHCHR National Human Rights Officer, and with respective counterparts from UNDP and UNICEF will:
- ensure the provision of expertise and advise based on the human rights based approach, including human rights based approach to disability with highest quality and standards vis-a-vis national counterparts, on the priorities of the project placed under the authority of OHCHR.
- establish and nurture strategic partnerships in the area of human rights based approach to disability in the Republic of Moldova based on the UN strategic goals, the needs of the people from the region and donors’ priorities;
- liaise with UNDP and UNICEF focal points, national counterparts, donor to ensure that the expected Programme results are achieved;
- develop in close collaboration with UN Human Rights Adviser and the National Human Rights Officer the Work Plans of the Project;
- be responsible for the organization, coordination and implementation of the activities under the Project’s Work Plans as well as for the reporting under the Programme overall and other needs for reporting;
- lead, coordinate and provide substantive inputs in the process of implementation of the project’s outputs, including in the process of conducting training needs assessment, review of legal framework and development of policy recommendations, setting-up of consultation mechanism, support in developing advocacy plans and conducting workshops, trainings, meetings, and other related events to take place under the project’s activities;
- ensure the effective management and supervision of the resources spending in his area of responsibility including for consultancy services and other service delivery;
- guide and monitor, in close cooperation with UN Human Rights Adviser and National Human Rights Officer, the activity of consultants involved in the project;
- ensure the overall implementation of the project and achievement of the expected outcome. Effective application of RBM tools and monitoring achievement of results.
- support other activities in the area of disability as required
- other tasks as required
The key results have a direct impact on the overall successful achievement of the project “Paradigm Shift to Disability Inclusive Services, Accountability and Governance in Moldova” (2022 - 2023). Accurate analysis and presentation of information enhances OHCHR’s position as a strong development partner. The information provided facilitates decision-making of the Project Board, the Beneficiary and OHCHR management.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
- People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 4: Models independent thinking and action
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
- Techical competencies:
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in development studies, political science, human rights, international relations, social work, public affairs, public administration, law or related areas. Advanced degree (5 years of studying) in the same fields of study can be considered as corresponding to the requirement.
- Specialized knowledge and minimum 1 year working experience with regard to international human rights standards.
- Excellent knowledge of international human rights standards, rights of persons with disabilities and provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
- A minimum of 4 years of applied professional experience with Master Degree, out of which minimum 2 years of experience on the rights of persons with disabilities or 4 years of applied professional experience with Bachelor’s Degree, at national and/or international level in the field of human rights, and minimum 2 years of experience on the rights of persons with disabilities.
- Experience of working with the United Nations is a strong asset.
- Previous experience in project management (implementation, monitoring and evaluation) is a very strong advantage.
- Experience in conducting policy analysis and advocacy for policy changes.
- Experience in conducting training needs assessments and developing and providing capacity building programs.
- Experience in working with grass-root organizations in developing and implementing advocacy plans.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
- Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian.
- Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language is an asset.
Important applicant information
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This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.
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