Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Duty Station: KANDAHAR
Posting Period: 03 February 2019 - 17 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Human Rights Affairs-UNAMA-111294-F-Kandahar (M)
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 within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Human Rights Officer will be based in the Kandahar Field Office and report to the Principal Human Rights Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for:

Providing substantive guidance and operational monitoring support on issues related to protection of civilians, the protection of women's rights and the elimination of gender-based violence, monitoring places of detention and the prevention of torture, monitoring and reporting on grave violations of the rights of the child, and the human rights aspects of peace and reconciliation;

Drafting of substantive analysis based on field research carried out by the team at the direction of the team leader and/or the human rights thematic focal points in the Human Rights Service HQ;
Support preparation of weekly and fortnightly submissions to the Human Rights Service's internal reports;

Providing substantive advice and organizational leadership to prepare consultations with local governmental officials, community leaders, civil society activists, communities affected by civilian casualty incidents;

Organizing visits to places of detention, including facilities run by the National Directorate of Security, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Border Police, juvenile rehabilitation centres, and provincial prisons;

Ensuring closer internal coordination between the Human Rights Field Team, the Head of Field Office and other units of UNAMA through increased information sharing, and provide guidance and expert advice to relevant colleagues on the work of the Human Rights Service;

Representing the Human Rights Service, as appropriate, at specific official functions, meetings and thematic events related to the mandate, including with other UN agencies, civil society groups, humanitarian organizations, government officials, Afghan National Security Forces and International Military Forces;

Performing such other duties as may be required.

Competencies

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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of international human rights law standards and international humanitarian law; knowledge of the human rights-based approach to human rights field work and operational methods of work on civilian protection, working with women and child survivors of human rights violations; child protection, and victims of torture; ability to relate complex human rights issues and perspectives, including gender perspectives, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in conflict-affected areas. Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources. 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.

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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related area is required. 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 at national and international levels in the human rights field, including in the cause and resolution of human rights conflicts in accordance with international standards, is required. Human Rights monitoring and reporting experience is 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 organisation or non-governmental organisation – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience conducting human rights investigations is desirable. Experience leading multicultural teams in conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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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No Fee

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