Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Rights Officer, P4
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office in Central Africa
Duty Station: LIBREVILLE
Posting Period: 04 September 2021 - 17 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-UNOCA-163154-F-Libreville (R)
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 Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Libreville, Gabon. The Human Rights Officer is part of UNOCA’s Political Affairs Section headed by the Chief of Service, Political Affairs.

The incumbent will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer of the UNOCA Political Affairs Section, but will also be under the functional authority of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UNOCA covers the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States, namely: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Monitor and report on human rights trends and their impacts on the peace and security situation in each of the 11 countries of the sub region.
•Provide analysis of human rights and help design response strategies to cross-border security threats in Central Africa.
•Provide advice to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights, and how they impact on peace and security in the 11 countries of the sub region.
•Support a human-rights based approach in the design and implementation of UNOCA’s preventive diplomacy, good offices, national dialogue, mediation initiatives, and other matters as appropriate.
•Contribute to ensuring compliance with the UN commitment to mainstreaming human rights in all the activities of UNOCA.
•Ensure, in cooperation with other UN partners, the implementation of activities leading to promoting awareness for the protection of children, youth and women in Central Africa.
•Ensure timely communications on situations of human rights abuses, and ensure liaison with the human rights treaty monitoring bodies and special procedures.
•Provide early warning and alerts on possible human rights violations.
•Help coordinate the implementation of the human rights component (Goal 5) of the UN regional strategy to address the threat and impact of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
•Promote the inclusion of human rights in the regional peace and security agenda, including by ensuring that efforts and messaging, including with regard to mediation and goods offices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, are in line with UN human rights policy and practice.
•Prepare relevant human rights inputs and/or contributions to analytical reports and papers to the Security Council or other bodies, including reports of the Secretary-General as well as background notes, talking points, speeches and other correspondence.
•Foster effective working relationships with other components of the Office, and United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presences in Central Africa, as well as Peace and Development Advisors, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, national military/civilian authorities, international, regional and multilateral organizations, civil society, media and other key stakeholders in Central Africa.
•Represent the Office in meetings, as directed.
•Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:

Strong analytical skills, and experience in information collection and management; excellent drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to produce cogent reports; proven analytical ability and experience in building information networks in a complex conflict and post conflict environment; ability to produce forward-looking, preemptive analytical products and relevant leadership advice; proven ability to integrate different perspectives, inter alia, political, civil affairs, military, police, security, humanitarian, human rights, rule of law, gender, child protection, development, environmental and electoral affairs, into analytical products; ability to coordinate with many different actors in both the Mission and the UN system, to develop and foster collaboration and contact networks and to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and maintain effective working relations with people of different national, professional and cultural backgrounds; 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; Experience in developing and executing a program throughout its life cycle.


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.

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

JUDGEMENT AND DECISION-MAKING:

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. 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 of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, social sciences, international relations, conflict prevention, diplomacy, law or related area is required.
Experience working in Central African countries or on issues of the region is desirable.
Relevant experience in political-related work at the UN and/or government would be an added advantage.

Languages

English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in spoken and written French and 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.

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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