Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: ERBIL
Posting Period: 03 November 2021 - 02 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-UNAMI-167681-R-Erbil (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in Erbil. The incumbent of the post reports to the Chief Human Rights Officer of UNAMI.


Within delegated authority and under the direction and guidance of the Chief Human Rights Officer, the Senior Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Assists the Chief Human Rights Officer in identifying priority areas for the work of the human rights office and in developing the office workplan addressing those priority areas and overseeing its implementation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
• Designs policies and activities of the human rights office aimed at addressing human rights issues of concern, particularly in relation to protection of civilians, rule of law, and other priority areas in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
•Formulates approaches and strategies to address other human rights issues of concern, including ensuring that gender equality perspectives are appropriately addressed.
•Serves as the representative of the Chief Human Rights Officer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, including representing her or him in high level meetings with a range of interlocutors, advising on human rights areas of concern, and ways and means of addressing human rights issues.
• Ensures the flow of information regarding human rights issues within the human rights office, within the Mission, to the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), and to OHCHR HQ in Geneva.
• Assists the Chief Human Rights Officer in overseeing the day-to-day management of the Human Rights Office in Erbil and human rights presences in other areas of Iraq as assigned by the Chief Human Rights Officer.
• Assists the Chief Human Rights Officer in formulating and managing the programme of work, budget and other administrative matters concerning the human rights office and its staff in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
• Oversees the preparation of human rights thematic, regular and ad hoc reports as well as preparing inputs on human rights issues for other reports required by the Mission.
• On behalf of the Chief Human rights Officer, develops and maintains relations with a range of interlocutors, including senior Government officials and civil society organisations and their representatives and advises them on human rights issues and policies and ways of addressing gaps in the respect and protection of human rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
•Performs other related duties as required.


Core Competencies:
Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address and advise on highly sensitive and complex problems. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights and other UN organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Ability to evaluate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in Iraq, including the political environment as it pertains to human rights. Ability to undertake in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems in Iraq. Ability to relate and advise on human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, to other offices within UNAMI and the UNCT with regards to their policies, programmes and activities. 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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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

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

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or a related area.

Experience in human rights monitoring and reporting is required.

Experience in managing country programming and budgeting is required.

Experience in working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organisation – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience in dealing with high level Government officials and developing and implementing capacity building programmes with a range of Government and non government interlocutors is desirable.

Responsibilities of this post include management of large programme concerning human rights of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq, therefore experience in this area is highly desirable.

Work experience in the Middle East is highly desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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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