Job Title: Human Rights Officer
Organisation: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
Closing Date: 23 February 2021
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Not Stated
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
This post is located in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Caracas is classified as a "C" hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Americas Section and is under the functional supervision of the Chief of the Americas, Europe and Central Asia Branch and the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Role and Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties
Coordinates the activities of OHCHR in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, including technical assistance, and monitors the human rights situation.
Reviews, monitors and evaluates activities relating to the implementation of international human rights instruments, including recommendations of treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council.
Supports the work of treaty-established bodies and extra-conventional mechanisms and special procedures.
Prepares relevant human rights parts of reports for the General Assembly, HRC, notes on the status of ratification of human rights instruments, etc, as well as reports of activities of OHCHR Venezuela’s presence.
Meets regularly with UN staff, national officials as well as civil society partners to plan projects and review project activities.
Works with UN and non-governmental programmes in the country/region to integrate human rights, including their gender dimensions in their programs; helps design and implements the human rights program and designs the organization and focus of the evaluation.
Develops programmes and strategies to strengthen the capacity of NGOs and other civil society organizations working for human rights
Ensures up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and makes recommendations on actions to take.
Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, donors, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; brief representatives and provides, as appropriate, suggestions and recommendations.
Serves as team leader with responsibility to carry out, in consultation with the Chief of Section, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staff, planning and budget.
Oversees the drafting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
Trains and supervises new/junior staff.
Performs other related duties as required.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
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 additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
Experience working with an international organization is desirable.
Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience in human rights monitoring and drafting public reports is desirable.
At least two years of experience managing teams is desirable.
Experience working on or in the Americas region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both Spanish and English is required.