Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TRIPOLI (LIBYA)
Posting Period: 15 April 2019 - 21 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Human Rights Affairs-UNSMIL-115318-J-Tripoli (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 Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Service of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. The position is currently based in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunis is classified as a Hardship "A" duty station and a family duty station. However, applicants should expect to travel on a regular basis to Tripoli, Libya (Tripoli is classified as a Hardship "E" duty station and a non-family duty station). The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Human Rights,Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Service.

UNSMIL's mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2434 of 13 September 2018 includes, as an immediate priority, support to the Libyan political process, as well as the undertaking of: (a) support to key Libyan institutions; (b) support for the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance; (c) human rights monitoring and reporting; (d) support for securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (e) coordination of international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilize post-conflict zones.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer may be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Contributes to advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, inducting 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.
•Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes, strategies and reporting.
•Serves as the primary reporting officer for the Service, including both drafting public reports on the human rights and rule of law situation in the country and coordinating and editing inputs for various UNHQ and OHCHR reporting requirements.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Human Rights Monitoring, Reporting and Field Coordination:
•Coordinates 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.
•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. Gathers information, 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, and advising UN personnel on human rights issues during the conduct of their operations.
•Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings, talking points and other types of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports.
•Ensures and coordinates 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.

Capacity Building and Technical Cooperation:
•Designs, coordinates, delivers 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.

Humanitarian response:
•Chairs, coordinates or participates in 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.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of gathering, evaluating and integrating information from a variety of sources and devising the types of interventions needed to address human rights concerns. Knowledge of relevant human rights standards and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Ability to train authorities and civil society organizations in investigating, reporting and advocacy. Ability to relate human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes. 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 organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with 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 (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, or other human rights related fields. 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. Experience of human rights monitoring and reporting is required. Experience in human rights advocacy and/or on the design and implementation of capacity building programmes is required. Human rights training experience is desirable. Experience with child protection and/or sexual gender-based violence, including conflict related sexual violence is desirable. Experience in human rights protection work, including through engaging with military and police for the protection of civilians, is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment and an interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 04 January 2020. 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.

• 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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

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