Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Rights Officer / Women Protection Officer, P3
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Bentiu
Posting Period: 10 November 2020 - 24 November 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Rights Affairs-UNMISS-143704-F- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Bentiu. Bentiu is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Human Rights Division (HRD), the Human Rights Officer reports directly to the HRD Team leader in Bentiu.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer (Women Protection Officer) will be responsible for the following duties:

• Plans and coordinates conflict related violations' activities and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective.
• Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in area or country.
• Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.
• Supervises field verification work through periodic visits; follows up on different cases and situations verified by the Field Office(s).
• Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
• Provides support to sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies.
• Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme.
• Assists country military and police to develop and implement training program in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
• Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
• Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
• Directs capacity-building efforts on human rights in region/country of assignment.
• May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required.

On Women Protection portfolio, the Human Rights Officer is responsible for supporting the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820, 1888, 1960 and 2106 on Conflict- related Sexual Violence (CRSV), including the implementation of the Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Arrangements (MARA) by:

• Monitors and investigates incidents of sexual violence in conflict;
• Planning, coordinating and participating in multidisciplinary teams to conduct field investigation missions of violations of human rights and humanitarian law as related to conflict related sexual violence, as well as, on assessments, evaluation and development of sexual violence protection plans for women, men and children;
• Documenting and reporting incidents of Conflict-related sexual violence;
• Regularly updates the human rights case database with CRSV case information and contribute to the identification of patterns and trends through its analysis;
• Analyzing and management of quantitative and qualitative data in relation to CSRV recorded cases;
• Works closely with Child Protection Advisers and other actors leading on the implementation of 1612/1882 Monitoring and reporting Mechanism (MRM) and contributes to information exchange and coordinated monitoring, verification and reporting;
• Supports the referral of survivors of sexual violence in seeking protection, redress and accountability for sexual violence and, contribute to the development and strengthening of the referral pathway as appropriate;
• Contributing to and providing inputs to reports on Conflict-related Sexual Violence and other information required under MARA.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights instruments applicable in conflict zones including international humanitarian law. Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on human rights; 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or in an area related to human rights. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related field.
A minimum of one year of field experience working on sexual violence in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
A minimum of one-year experience in human rights monitoring, reporting and analyzing is required.
Experience in conducting human rights investigations is required.
Experience engaging with senior security forces officials and organised armed groups leaders is required.

Languages

English and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in 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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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