Job Title: Human Rights Officer Organisation: United Nations (UN) Location: Gene va, Switzerland Closing Date: 11 July 2021 Salary: Not Stated Contract Type: Fixed Term Working Pattern: Full Time Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated Job Description This position is located in Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Rule of Law and Democracy Section. Role and Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties: • Plans and coordinates activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective. • Conducts substantive research and analysis notably on issues related to accountability and human rights in armed conflict. • Provides specialized advice and expertise on a range of human rights issues to relevant actors, including States, and supports sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies. • Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme. • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference. • Contributes and reviews country military and police training programmes in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives. • Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings. • Assists capacity-building efforts on human rights in region/country of assignment and conducts activities, including trainings for UN Resident Coordinators, UN Human Rights Advisers and selected UN Country Teams, to increase knowledge on human rights and accountability, notably in situations of armed conflict. • Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies. • May provide guidance to new/junior staff. • Performs other related duties as required. Experience, Skills and Qualifications Competencies • Professionalism: Knowledge of international law, particularly human rights law, international humanitarian law, or international criminal law, comprehensive knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Strong analytical skills, including ability to conduct legal research and analysis on a range of relatively complex and intricate issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, and draft clearly and well under time pressure. 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.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
A minimum of five years of responsible experience in international human rights law, international humanitarian law, or international criminal law is desirable.
Field experience in international law is also desirable.
Experience working on human rights obligations and responsibilities of parties to armed conflicts is also desirable. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable. Application Details Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Full job details and application portal on site. More about United Nations here. Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position via WIAN. Tags: #HumanRightsCivilLiberties, #InternationalOrganisation, #MidCareer