Human Rights Officer

Deadline for application: 
30 Apr 2015
Organisation: 
UN
DFS - Department of Field Support

Department/ Office: Field Missions

Duty Station: Field Locations

Organizational Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in United Nations field peacekeeping operations and special political missions. Applicants will be expected to serve in hardship duty stations with difficult working and living conditions. An updated list of missions and additional information on working in the field can be found at http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/about/dfs/

Responsibilities

In certain contexts, the Human Rights Officer might act as team leader and/or might be responsible for a particular portfolio, as determined by the mission's mandate and by the Chief of the Human Rights component. In certain missions, the incumbent may also act as Deputy Chief Human Rights. Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Human Rights Officers.).

GENERAL:

Formulates recommendations and suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area, including for peace processes;
Works directly with other components of the UN peace operation, including the police and military, to integrate human rights considerations into the planning and review of their programs and operations, including through developing procedures and policies, as appropriate;
Plans, designs, implements and evaluates strategies for the mainstreaming of human rights in the activities of the UN peace mission and the UNCT and advocates for the integration of human rights in these programmes;
Contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities including in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
Contributes to advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, including State officials, the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), UN and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) senior management, on strategies to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations;
Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes with complementary mandates , and other relevant partners to inform on the human rights situation in the mission area and advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights;
Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies
Facilitates cooperation and appropriate communication with OHCHR in the establishment of policies and sharing of best practices;
Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora as appropriate;
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other UN and non-UN actors, state authorities, donors and other stakeholders for effective policy coordination;
Promotes coordination among all human rights related mandates present in the mission area;
Analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources;
Reaches out to various UN actors to collect and analyse information of relevance to human rights;
Promotes the effective flow of information and channels human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in UN crisis management and response;
Assists in the development, coordination and implementation of the human rights work plan; Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of its progress and suggests adjustments as needed;
Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Head of the Human Rights component, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budgeting;
Trains, coaches and supervises new and junior staff, manages their performance, and assists in training needs assessments;
Performs other related duties as required.

HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING, REPORTING AND FIELD COORDINATION:

Coordinates, supervises and conducts human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area; Establishes, as needed, baseline data for the appropriate monitoring of the human rights situation in the mission area;
Coordinates the monitoring of and evaluates the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and advises, where appropriate, relevant authorities including on the implementation of UN recommendations;
Plans, coordinates and leads multidisciplinary teams in the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in compliance with UN standards;
Supports Women's Protection Advisors in the mission by providing technical expertise on the monitoring, investigations and reporting of conflict-related sexual violence as mandated and relevant to the peace mission;
Develops and coordinates initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses, including with respect to sexual violence in conflict;
Contributes, and where required, coordinates the implementation of the Human Rights Due-Diligence Policy on UN support to non-UN forces, including by coordinating risk assessments and ensuring relevant human rights monitoring information is gathered, as well as advises on support and follow-up for the implementation of the Policy;
Contributes to the integration of human rights in the mission's protection of civilians (PoC) efforts and, where relevant, coordinates such efforts, including by, inter-alia, mapping and reporting protection risks, early warning, advising UN uniformed personnel on human rights issues during the conduct of their operations, and participating or coordinating in Joint Protection Teams, as required;
Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports as required;
Ensures the integration of UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting, protection and investigation activities;

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE:

Advises UN and national authorities on the establishment of vetting mechanisms, as mandated;
Works with national authorities and civil society for the establishment of transitional justice processes and the establishment of accountability and compensation mechanisms, as appropriate;
Advises national authorities on national legislation relative to transitional justice processes;
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with national authorities, civil society (human rights and victim organizations, and organizations with a focus on transitional justice), and other partners in order to develop and strengthen transitional justice mechanisms and the implementation of transitional justice processes;
Ensures compliance with national efforts with UN-developed methodologies and best practices in the areas of transitional justice and rule of law for post-conflict countries;
Leads the coordination of mission and UNCT actions in support of transitional justice mechanisms and processes;
Ensures the integration of gender-sensitive victim perspectives in the design and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms and processes, as well as relevant advocacy strategies and capacity building initiatives;

CAPACITY BUILDING AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION:

Designs, coordinates and evaluates capacity-building efforts, including those supporting institution-building and institutional reforms, for alignment with international human rights norms and to meet international human rights law obligations;
Assists national authorities in their coordination and evaluation of activities relating to the implementation and follow-up of recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council;
Designs, delivers, coordinates and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs), National Human Rights Institutions and other national stakeholders;
Coordinates with other UN mission components, UN actors and other regional and international organizations to create opportunities to integrate human rights into their training and cooperation programmes, including those aiming at legislative, rule of law and security sector reforms;
Coordinates and participates in fund-raising activities and manages the implementation of technical cooperation projects in accordance to the rules of the origin of funding;

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE:

Plans, designs, implements and evaluates strategies for the mainstreaming of human rights in the activities of the UN peace mission, the UNCT and the Humanitarian Country Team, and advocates for the integration of human rights in these programmes;
Contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating in or coordinating in emergency preparedness and response activities including in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
Contributes to advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, including State officials, the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), UN and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) senior management, on strategies to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations;
Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to inform on the human rights situation in the mission area and advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights;
Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
Chairs and coordinates the working groups established within the Protection Cluster as relevant and takes part of discussions with other clusters leads to ensure human rights integration;
Identifies protection gaps and strengthens the existing protection response strategy by ensuring synergies within the mission, the members of the Protection Cluster and other clusters as well as with other relevant fora;
Provide human rights colleagues with technical expertise and guidance on their engagement with humanitarian and other protection partners in field offices, in particular the Humanitarian Country Team and Clusters, notably regional Protection Clusters;

WOMEN PROTECTION ADVISER:

Acts as Women Protection Advisor in the human rights component and in this capacity undertake and lead investigations, prepare reports and advise the human rights component on the monitoring, investigation, capacity building and protection activities that the component needs to undertake and further coordinate with other Women Protection Advisers of the mission including in respect of the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements;
Support the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820, 1888 and 1960 on Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV) in close coordination with other WPAs and other mission components.
Lead and undertake the monitoring, investigation and reporting on sexual violence in conflict with respect to the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangement (MARA). To this effect, coordinate human rights component support as required.
Analyze information and identify patterns and trends of conflict-related sexual violence and contribute to the human rights component's maintenance of an effective and secure case information management system with conflict related sexual violence case information.
Plan, coordinate and participate in multidisciplinary teams to conduct investigations of violations of human rights and humanitarian law as related to conflict-related sexual violence, as well as, on assessments, evaluation and development of sexual violence protection plans for women, men and children.
Ensure regular information exchange and support technical advice to other mission components (civilian, Police and Military), the UN Country Team, Government representatives and authorities, rule of law institutions and civil society for the combating of sexual violence and the inclusion of CRSV prevention and response activities in strategies, work plans, standard operations procedures, and referral and coordination mechanisms as appropriate. As required support training and capacity building initiatives.
Ensure regular information exchange and close coordination in monitoring, verification and reporting with Child Protection Advisers (in peacekeeping and political missions), UNICEF Child Protection Officers or other actors leading on the implementation of 1612/1882 MRM.
Provide guidance to human rights officers on for integrating CRSV considerations in their work, notably to those assigned in field offices, including as it relates to monitoring, investigation, reporting, awareness-raising, and the provision of technical advice or capacity building activities in their respective mission area.
Strengthen the Human Rights component's efforts to protect survivors of sexual violence including in seeking redress and accountability for sexual violence.
Support the referral of survivors of sexual violence in seeking protection, redress and accountability for sexual violence and, contribute to the development and strengthening of the referral pathway as appropriate.
Support the work of the Human Rights component in the implementation of recommendations related to sexual violence emanating from the human rights treaty bodies, special procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council, including the Universal Periodic Review, as well as of other UN bodies.
Support the work of the Human Rights component in legislative and rule of law reform in line with international human rights norms related to addressing sexual violence.

Competencies

Professionalism:

Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviors accordingly;
Expert knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and of related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence, as well as good understanding of issues related to the integration of human rights in UN peace missions;
Comprehensive knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational structures and policies within the UN, guidelines and methodologies relating to human rights;
Capacity to maintain effective working relationships with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora;
Ability to produce in-depth analysis of political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights-related problems to assess their impact and to provide concrete strategy recommendations to redress situations;
Ability to seek new and improved methods of work, to share best practices and to incorporate lessons learned in the work of the human rights component;
Capacity to relate to and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields, including humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislation reforms and election support, to human rights issues and activities and vice versa;
Comprehensive knowledge and experience of project management and ability to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate capacity development initiatives for multiple stakeholders;
Understanding of the relevance of information collected by various UN actors for human rights analysis and ability to seek and identify such information;
Ability to synthesize significant amounts of information and to produce human rights analysis drawing on all available sources of information, including open sources;
Proven understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work;
Ability to identify appropriate means of communication to channel relevant human rights information for crisis management and response;
Capacity to serve as advisor, share knowledge in the area of expertise and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike;
Shows pride in work and in achievements;
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 Organizing: 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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights or closely related field, of which at least half in the area of human rights are required. A minimum of one year's experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization - in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience of human rights monitoring and reporting is required. Experience on human rights advocacy and/or on the design and management of, capacity building programmes and/or conducting human rights investigations is required. One year of experience in a managerial capacity and supervising a team is required.

The following experience is desirable: Experience in the conduct of human rights investigations. Experience working in inter-agency humanitarian coordination and/or humanitarian response. Demonstrated experience on sexual and gender -based violence, including conflict-related sexual violence. Experience on child protection. Experience in contributing to transitional justice related activities. Experience in human rights protection work, including through engaging with military and police for the protection of civilians. Experience in the management of technical cooperation projects. Human rights training experience. Experience in vetting processes for committed human rights violations. Experience acquired in multidimensional crisis. Previous experience in a UN human rights field presence.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the Untied Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency (written and oral) in either French or English is required. All candidates must have at least a working level knowledge of English.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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