Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: Bambari
Posting Period: 04 February 2021 - 18 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-MINUSCA-148702-F- (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 Bambari, in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The incumbent reports to the Senior Human Rights Officer and the Principal Human Rights Officer.

Responsibilities

The Human Rights Officer will act as team leader and can be responsible for a portfolio, as determined by the mission's mandate and by the Chief of the Human Rights component. Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Formulates recommendations and strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area, including for peace processes.
2.Works directly with other components of the UN peace operation, including the police and military, to integrate human rights considerations into the planning and review of their programs and operations, including through developing procedures and policies, as appropriate.
3.Plans, designs, implements and evaluates strategies for the mainstreaming of human rights in the activities of the UN peace mission and the UNCT and advocates for the integration of human rights in these programmes.
4. Contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities including in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate.
5. Contributes to advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, including 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, as well as mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations;
6. Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds/ and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to inform on the human rights situation in the mission area, and advises on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights.
7. Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies.
8. Facilitates cooperation and appropriate communication with OHCHR in the establishment of policies and sharing of best practices.
9. Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora as appropriate.
10. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other UN and non- UN actors, state authorities, donors and other stakeholders for effective policy coordination.
11. Promotes coordination among all human rights related mandates present in the mission area.
12. Analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources.
13. Reaches out to various UN actors to collect and analyze information of relevance to human rights.
14. Promotes the effective flow of information and channels human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in UN crisis management and response.
15. Assists in the development, coordination and implementation of the human rights work plan as well as in the evaluation of its progress, and suggests adjustments as needed.
16. Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out work coordination and administrative functions relating to staffing, planning and budgeting in consultation with the Senior Human Rights Officer and /Head of the Human Rights component.
17. Trains, coaches and supervises new and junior staff, manages their performance, and assists in training needs assessments.
18. Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

POFESIONALISM: Professionalism: Knowledge of main human rights and women protection issues in the region 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.
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; 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.

• PLANNING & 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.

• 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences 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

A minimum of seven years with a master’s degree or nine years with a bachelor’s degree 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 in human rights monitoring and reporting is required.
Experience in human rights advocacy and/or in the design and management of capacity building programmes and/or conducting human rights investigations is required.
Human rights training experience is required.
Experience in contributing to transitional justice related activities is required.
A minimum of one year's experience providing services in the field of Human Rights to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization or non-governmental organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English and French 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 and geographical diversity 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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No Fee

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