Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 11 March 2020 - 25 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Rule of Law-OHCHR-132771-R-Bamako (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 in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and is based in Bamako, Mali. It is located within the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The incumbent will work directly with the Human Rights Officer (Team Leader Technical Advisory Team) under the overall supervision of the Senior Human Rights Officer leading the implementation at the field level of the OHCHR G5 Sahel Compliance Framework Project (Project).


Within delegated authority, the Military Adviser will be responsible for the following duties:

-Collects and analyses information to assist the Project management on the overall understanding of the security sector and military-related matters and advises the staff of the Project;

-Gathers and analyses information, and produces mapping and analysis of the G5 Sahel Joint Force military structure, order of battles, de facto and de jure command responsibility, troop movements; relationship between security institutions and militias, and other State institutions;

-Advises the Project staff on all other military and security sector-related matters and methods of warfare including issues related to ballistics, weapons, military vehicles and aircraft;

-Participates in the development of the G5 Sahel Joint Force's monitoring strategies and plans;

-Provides an assessment of the operating environment for G5 Sahel Joint Force and other forces in the G5 Sahel countries;

-Undertakes analysis of specific incidents investigated by the Mobile Monitoring Team Leader and participates in missions to the field in coordination with the Technical Cooperation and Advisory Team Leader;

-Gathers and analyses information to identify the units/troops (state and non-state) and respective commanders deployed during key events;

-Establishes appropriate liaison with the military officers of G5 Sahel countries as directed by the Senior Human Rights Officer, when required;

-Provides internal analysis and briefings on military and security sector issues and inputs for the Project's reports;

-Provides advice to the Project staff and external partners on gathering information on alleged perpetrators of human rights and international humanitarian law violations;

-Ensures that gender perspective is integrated at all areas of responsibility;

-Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of military structures, both state and non-state; sound experience in conducting analysis of military/security force operations; experience in application of international human rights law, international humanitarian law or international criminal law in assessing the actions/operations of security forces; ability to work under extreme pressure and in a highly stressful environment. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

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.


The candidate must be a graduate of a National Command and Staff College or National War/Defense College, which may be considered in lieu of first level university degree. Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in public international law (international humanitarian law or international human rights law) is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible military experience is required.
Experience in applying human rights and international humanitarian law, including in the context of security operations is required.
Experience drafting military doctrine and conducting military trainings is desirable.
Experience of working in a legal capacity within the military is desirable.
Experience working in the G5 Sahel region is desirable.
Experience with UN or other international or regional organization-led peace operations is desirable.
Experience working on child protection, gender and protection of civilians' issues is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

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.

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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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.

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