Job Opening

Posting Title: Assistant Human Rights Officer (2 Posts)), NOA
Job Code Title: ASSISTANT HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 02 September 2019 - 01 October 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-117300-R-Beirut (N)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These two positions are located in the Syria Office for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) based in Beirut. The incumbent reports to the head of the Monitoring and Reporting Unit of the office.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Unit Head, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1) Collect and independently analyse information pertaining to human rights matters in the Syrian Arab Republic from a variety of sources including new actors in economic, social and cultural rights. Review and analyze reports by media, Government, NGOs and National Institutions. Seek information from various sources in relation to priority areas of the Office work.

2) Participate in the preparation and implementation of human rights activities and programmes for strengthening the capacity of civil society, UN regional organizations and government agencies on the promotion and protection of human rights including economic, social, cultural rights.

3) Draft and translate reports and correspondence related to human rights including economic, social and cultural rights.

4) Participate in meetings and consultations and liaise with various partners.

5) Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, analyze information and draft human rights reports. Relevant IT skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and web-based applications. 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.

• 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.

• 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

A recognized first-level university degree in human rights, international law, law, political or social sciences is required. Advanced university degree is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in the field of human rights, international relations, law, or related area is required. Experience working in the United Nations Common System and/or other national or international organizations, NGOs is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the posts advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

• Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

• This position is available for one year with possibility of extension, subject to funds/post availability.

• 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.

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.

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No Fee

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