Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 03 August 2018 - 09 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-101141-J-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva in the Rule of Law and Democracy Section (ROLDS), Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Rule of Law and Democracy Section.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Rule of Law and Democracy Section, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following functions; •Provide legal research and analysis in the assigned areas of responsibility (human rights in the administration of justice, including, inter alia, issues regarding access to justice, abolition of the death penalty, use of force by law enforcement officials,), and provide legal briefs and practices impacting international human rights obligations. •Design and develop programmes related to the above-mentioned assigned areas of responsibility ( and organize relevant activities. •Ensure provision of advice to field presences on draft legislation and the administration of justice in the assigned area of responsibility. •Document and develop best practices /tools, including through coordinating the implementation of relevant project activities. •Support the work of inter-governmental bodies and expert human rights bodies; and provide expert guidance and substantive input to support the work of and to strengthen links with the special procedures, treaty bodies, the Commission on Human Rights, and the Sub-Commission in the assigned areas. •Strengthen advice and technical assistance to States, including through the development of educational tools. •Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth legal knowledge of international law, particularly international human rights law; comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of legal and human rights issues related to the areas of assigned responsibility. 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. Provides leadership and 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 organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing other’s ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts according to 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 (Masters or equivalent degree) in law with emphasis on international law, in particular international human rights law. 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 field and headquarters locations, including at least four years at international level in human rights law is required. Experience working with judges, lawyers, or law enforcement officials is required. Experience in the design of access to justice and legal assistance programmes or the human rights aspects of security policies, especially in the area of law enforcement and policing is desirable. Experience in the development of policies, tools, and guidelines is required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

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 11 months with possibility of extension. It is open to candidates in the duty station only. 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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