HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER (TJO) [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD) within the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section (METS).Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provides expert advice on the Policy on Human Rights Due Diligence on UN Support to Non-UN Security Forces (HRDDP) and implementation modalities to OHCHR staff at Headquarters and in the field, UN entities, UNCTs and peace operations, including on the development of procedures, risk assessments, monitoring frameworks, intervention, mitigatory measures and cases of application; carries out advisory and support missions as required.
• Develops methodological tools, guidelines, procedures and reference materials to support implementation of the HRDDP for use by UN entities at HQ and country level.
• Identifies, documents and validates good practices with regard to implementation of the Policy by UN entities in mission and non-mission settings, integrates them in guidance and training materials and ensures dissemination as appropriate; facilitates lessons learning processes.
• Develops training materials and designs and delivers training on the Policy for OHCHR and other UN staff, regional organizations and other international and national actors.
• In consultation with the HRDDP Review Group members and UN field offices and operations, identifies gaps and areas where methodological guidance and training need to be developed or updated.
• Organizes expert meetings, workshops, training and other events, and drafts project documents and reports as required to carry out the above tasks.
• Provides support to the Review Group including agenda setting, follow up on decisions, review of implementation processes, reporting to the Executive Committee, Secretary General and other relevant processes.
• Ensures internal and external communication of the Policy through briefings and other means.
• Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues; knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights and their implementation at the field level; good knowledge of a range of conceptual and operational issues related to human rights monitoring, analysis and reporting; good knowledge of policies, norms, practices and challenges related to human rights and security forces; very good ability to develop conceptual frameworks and methodological and policy tools, carry out research and studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems; strong analytical skills. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
PLANNING AND ORGANISING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments ; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or other disciplines related to human rights is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in the human rights field is required.
Out of the seven years, at least 3 years experience at the international level is required.
Experience in a human rights field presence is required.
Experience in the United Nations Common System or a similar international organization is desirable.
Experience in the area of policy, methodology or other guidance development is desirable.
Experience in human rights due diligence and security issues is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
THIS POSITION IS TEMPORARILY AVAILABLE FOR FOUR (4) MONTHS - SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.
• If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
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