Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 19 July 2020 - 17 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Rights Affairs-UNMISS-138651-D-Juba (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 in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) established by Security Council resolution 1996. Under the overall authority of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and direct supervision of the DSRSG (P), and with a reporting line to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose office provides the substantive support and general policy guidance, and in line with resolutions 1996 and 2514, UNMISS Director of Human Rights will be responsible for the following duties in the Republic of South Sudan:


Advisory and representative roles:
•Act as the Principal Adviser to the SRSG and report to him/her through the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political) on issues related to human rights, including, protection of civilians, violations committed against civilians, particularly children, women and other vulnerable populations, conflict related sexual violence, and efforts to combat impunity;
•Act as the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of South Sudan, and report to the High Commissioner (HC) in this capacity;
•Represent the human rights component and OHCHR at interagency meetings in the Republic of South Sudan and, in his/her capacity as OHCHR's representative advise the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to ensure that human rights issues are fully integrated into political, humanitarian and development efforts and programmes including with respect to the United Nations Cooperation Framework (UNCF) as well as the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) processes;
•Represent the mission and OHCHR in human rights matters during contacts with national and international organizations working in the field of human rights, diplomatic missions, donors, and other national and international actors;
•Provide advice at senior levels to the Government of South Sudan, including the Executive, uniformed services and others, in respect of specific human rights concerns, bringing to their attention actual and potential violations of international human rights law, and suggesting appropriate actions;
•Advise the mission in the development and review of a comprehensive strategy for the protection of civilians;
•Participate in the mission's internal policy and decision making processes and fora, including Senior Leadership and Senior Management organs and advise on strategic, policy and operational decisions that may have human rights implications;
•Inform other components of the mission on measures to adopt for the protection and promotion of human rights, the mainstreaming of human rights and the implementation of a human rights-based approach;

Substantive coordination:
•Contributes to the development of the strategic vision for the overall Mission and UN effort, and ensures that Human Rights work is clearly conceptualized in support of this, in line with the evolving situation on the ground and in accordance with the OHCHR/DPKO/DPA/DFS Policy on Human Rights in UN Peace Operations and Political Missions.
•Ensure coordination among all human rights activities present in the mission area; the timely and effective flow of information and the channeling of human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in crisis management and response;
•Develop and update a human rights monitoring strategy; ensure investigations of human rights violations are conducted and recommendations of conclusive reports are followed up with the Government and; in this respect, advice the UN and other stakeholders on adopting strategies for the recommendations to be integrated in other programmes;
•Ensure the regular and timely issuance of human rights public reports in consultation with OHCHR and the SRSG in accordance with current policy directives and guidance on public reporting by peace missions;
•Ensure the issuance of other relevant internal reports, including to OHCHR;
•Ensure quality and standards with regard to human rights monitoring, investigation, verification, and reporting are met, as well as compliance with established monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements, as relevant;
•Provide overall guidance and strategic direction to human rights officers tasked on the protection of children’s rights and with conflict related sexual violence thematic, including by ensuring dedicated capacity and by participating in the strategic design of joint work plans and ensuring high quality and timely monitoring, analysis and reporting in compliance with established monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements;
•Provide support to the Government to ensure compliance with its obligations related to the protection of civilians including human rights defenders, victims and witnesses, in close coordination with UN Agencies, the mission and other international actors;
•Provide overall guidance and strategic advice to the Women Protection Advisor on Human Rights issues, including through overseeing the strategic design of joint work plans and by ensuring quality and timely reporting on widespread conflict related sexual violence including with respect to the established monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangement;
•Ensure the integration of human rights aspects into the mission's efforts to improve protection of civilians, including through participating in the planning and carrying of mission's response or in establishing coordination mechanisms as necessary; through participating in the planning and carrying of mission's response;
•Provide overall guidance and strategic direction as well as support to the Government in implementing the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS)
•Ensure coordination with military peacekeepers and UNPOL on Protection of Civilians response, notably in translating human rights early warning information into operational response and in responding to gross human rights violations;
•In close coordination with United Nations agencies, other mission components, and other international actors, support authorities at all levels to promote compliance with obligations related to the protection of civilians and to protect the human rights of those most vulnerable, including women and children, as well as human rights defenders, victims and witnesses;
•Promote and oversee initiatives linked to supporting and strengthening the national human rights promotion and protection system in the country as well as to build the capacity of stakeholders including civil society to promote and protect human rights;
•Lead the mission strategy on the fight against impunity in cooperation with other relevant mission component and lead transitional justice efforts as appropriate with relevant stakeholders;
•Participate or chair as appropriate, mission coordinating mechanisms for the implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) on support provided by the UN to non-UN forces as relevant; ensures that risk assessments are undertaken, advice is given to senior management on support, follow-up and monitoring and that appropriate information is provided on the implementation of the Policy;
•Ensure, as OHCHR representative, that human rights considerations are reflected and integrated in humanitarian activities, including in emergency planning, preparedness and response, and through participating in and/or playing a lead role in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
•Maintain close liaison with OHCHR for timely communication on the human rights situation, to support the various UN human rights mechanisms and to maximize the impact of common and joint strategies between OHCHR and the mission;
•Ensure the provision of support to the Government, civil society and the UNCT on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, as relevant, and the implementation of recommendations thereon derived;
•Brief regularly diplomatic community on human rights situation in the country;
•Ensure coordination and cooperation with the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan;
•Ensure gender considerations are included and reflected in all human rights activities and outputs and ensure compliance with the UN commitment to promote gender equality and mainstreaming in Mission activities, in cooperation with the mission’s Gender Adviser;

Managerial responsibilities:

•Responsible for the overall management of the component and the provision of substantive leadership, through, inter-alia, formulating a human rights strategy and the substantive program of work of the office; allocating resources; reporting on budget/programme performance; evaluating staff performance and ensuring appropriate staffing of the component;
•Ensure the component collects, consolidates and analyses information received from staff/offices from across the mission area, including through coordinating the effective functioning of the OHCHR human rights case database; maintaining quality control mechanisms; and timely and quality entry of data into the database;
•Responsible for the planning, management and implementation of OHCHR-funded projects in the Republic of South Sudan, in accordance with approved OHCHR plans;
•Maintain close liaison with OHCHR-HQ, including with geographical desk officers; ensure timely communications on the human rights situation, and ensure liaison with the human rights treaty monitoring bodies and special procedures;
•Perform other duties as required by the SRSG and the High Commissioner.


Comprehensive knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and of related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative, rule of law reforms and conflict related sexual violence; Sound knowledge of the political background and human rights situation in the country or region; Sound political judgement, impartiality, diplomacy and discretion; Capacity to relate to and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields - humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislative reforms and vice-versa; Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, guidelines and methodologies related to UN peace operations and to human rights work; Sound knowledge of the organization and carrying out of human rights monitoring and investigations; Understanding of the relevance of information collected by various UN actors for human rights analysis; Understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work; Knowledge and understanding of gender concepts and methodologies and on women/girl's rights issues; Commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of the peace operation and to mainstream gender in all activities of the human rights component; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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; Ability to work and act under pressure in a politically and stressful difficult environment in precarious security conditions

-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

-Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
-Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
-Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction
-Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities

-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 parity in staffing.

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


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human rights, international relations, political science, law or a related area. 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

Over 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience at national and international levels in the fields of human rights, humanitarian action, political or social affairs, with at least 10 in the field of human rights is required. Such experience must encompass the monitoring and investigating of human rights violations.
A minimum of 7 years in management and leadership capacities are required, including the supervising of large teams.
Professional experience with United Nations Country Teams, donors and governmental representatives, including advocating for the promotion and respect of human rights is required.
Proven experience in successful advocacy with host Governments, including in States emerging from conflict, is required.
Proven experience in public speaking and representation at high level is required. Field experience in conflict or post conflict environments is required.
Previous UN experience is required.
Prior experience coordinating multisectoral response to human rights protection concerns including through engaging with military and police for the protection of civilians is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language and/or relevant local languages is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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