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Human Rights Project Officer

South Sudan

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: South Sudan
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-08


Mission and objectives

In line with Security Council Resolution 2514 (2020), the Human Rights Division (HRD) monitors, investigates, verifies and reports on violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law in South Sudan, including conflict-related sexual violence. It also provides technical support to international, regional and national mechanisms engaged in monitoring, investigating and reporting violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations and abuses. HRD is a component of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) and represents the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in South Sudan.


This UNV assignment is part of the Peacebuilding fund (PBF) project “Breaking the Cycle of Violence rehabilitating justice and accountability mechanisms for the transformation of survivors and perpetrators of violent conflict into change agents for peace”. The signing of the Revitalized Agreement to Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in September 2018, has increased the public confidence and expectations in the peace process, it is therefore important to capacitate and support local actors to reduce violence by building trust, addressing historical gender injustices and strengthening accountability measures of the justice sector. This project seeks to build political and social capacity, knowledge and experience to address several provisions of the R-ARCSS including reforming the national level justice system. The initiative has a two-pronged approach: a) enhance the capacity of community-based peacebuilding mechanisms by enabling youth to enter dispute resolution processes; and b) enhance the capacity of public justice systems to ensure access to fair, gender-responsive and equitable judicial services for children and youth. The approach is innovative by addressing both the upstream (dispute resolution) and downstream (justice) mechanisms of sustaining community level peace with a target group (children and youth) that is often left behind in large scale humanitarian, peacebuilding and development interventions.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Director of the UNMISS Human Rights Division/OHCHR or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Human Rights Project Officer will: • Assist in overseeing the implementation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Peacebuilding funds (PBF) project in coordination with UNDP and UNICEF; Provide administrative support, financial planning and monitoring budget implementation according to the set procedures and regulations; Analyze, review and report on budget spending and support in drafting budget related communications; Ensure that the project supporting documents are in accordance with PBF guidelines; Follow up on implementing partners payment transactions in a timely manner in accordance with the regulations and applicable procedures; • Maintain complete records of all project and budget-related operations (database) • Assist monitoring of project progress and reporting on peacebuilding impact; • Ensure timely submission of PBF bi-annual project progress reports and end of project report; • Identify risk and results to advise on project amendment; • Assist in day to day management and reporting on the project activities; • Any other assigned task related to finance and project management. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs • As an active OHCHR team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to OHCHR and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: • Submitted PBF project proposals are of high quality and comply with the regulations and set procedures; • Budget and project-related documents are followed in a timely manner; • Allocated budget is efficiently and timely spent in accordance with the set working plans; • Implementing partners and vendors are paid in a timely manner in accordance with the regulations and applicable procedures • Periodic, bi-annual reports on budget implementation and overall performance are prepared. • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

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