Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER (Gender Advisor), P4
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 01 October 2018 - 14 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-104539-R-Panama City (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 Regional Office for Central America (ROCA) in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Panama. The incumbent reports to the Regional Representative and the Chief of the Women's Human Rights and Gender Section (WHRGS).


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Provides expert advice with a view to implementing OHCHR's policy on promoting and protecting women's rights and gender equality, including supporting the implementation of the ecommendations of human rights mechanisms.
•Conducts research, develops programmes and provides analytical and expert advice and input into the plans and activities of the Office with regards to women's rights and gender – in particular, in connection with the integration of a human rights perspective into activities designed to increase women's participation in decision-making and on women's rights and development.
•Provides guidance and expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects, training programmes, organizational instruments and tools including for advisory services and technical cooperation programmes and in general provides guidance in supporting integration of women's rights and gender in human rights activities at the country level and the regional level.
•Provides guidance on the integration of women's rights and a gender perspective in human rights activities at the country and regional level in the Central American region.
•Contributes to and prepares reports for the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, relating to issues of women's rights and gender in the Central American region.
•Coordinates and establishes working relationships with counterparts of the UN system, other international organizations and national organisations including national human rights institutions, civil society organisations and governments on women and gender issues.
•Briefs the representatives of the abovementioned entities and provides, as appropriate, suggestions and recommendations.
•Delivers capacity building including training on gender and women's rights and relevant international human rights mechanisms to stakeholders.
•Contributes to the production of monthly reports to ROCA and the WHRGS.
•Participates in ROCA’s activities and performs other related tasks as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth knowledge of a broad range of international human rights issues, including knowledge of gender and women's rights. Ability to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex problems; Knowledge of international human rights instruments and knowledge of women's human rights instruments; demonstrated ability to analyse accurately proposed norms and policies for compliance with international human rights standards; ability to relate human rights issues and perspectives to gender and women's issues, and to relate political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in countries in the Central American region. 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.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, human rights, political science or international relations, 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, international relations, law or related area is required. Experience in gender and women's human rights is required. Experience working on human rights issues in the Central American region is also required. Experience conducting research, developing programmes and providing analytical advice and inputs in human rights reports is desirable. Experience in gender equality issues in the context of development planning, poverty reduction and access to justice is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.


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

Special Notice

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.

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.

This vacancy is subject to availability of post. The extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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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