Job Opening

Posting Title: Development and implementation of strategic programmes for youth and women's human rights and promotion of gender equality in East Africa
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 March 2022 - 15 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-175919-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Supporting the development and implementation of;
- strategic policies and programmes for youth rights and engagement
- women's human rights and gender equality promotion and protection.
- The Individual Contractor will also assist United Nations partner agencies, the African Union, Civil
Society Organization's and national institutions with programming and project support.

Work Location

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Expected duration

9 months, starting date 1 April 2022 and end date 31 December 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Contributing to the implementation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – African
Union joint work plan and implementation of the Joint African Union -United Nations Human Rights
Framework and provide support to the African Union and its human rights organs;
2) Supporting African Union continental initiatives on youth, including the African Union Continental
Framework on youth, peace and security and provide technical support to the African Union Youth for
Peace (Y4P) Africa Program to deliver a youth-focused online campaign ("No Room for Hate Speech")
to counter hate speech and promote human rights advocacy in Africa. More specifically, the Individual
contractor will contribute to the following objectives:
a. Strengthening the capacity of young social media influencers, including the five Ambassadors for
Peace (AYAPs), on social media communication; particularly to counter hate speech and promote
human rights on their social media platforms.
b. Building awareness among social media users – especially the youth on hate speech including
negative impact and opportunities to counter them.
c. Networking, sharing, exchanging and identifying trends and priorities, challenges and gaps for young
people engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, including countering hate speech, at
the national and regional levels.
d. Providing support to the development of concrete actions that could be employed and deployed by
youth in their various communities across the continent to tackle issues of hate speech and promote
human rights.
3) Contributing to the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights -East Africa
Regional Office on women's rights and gender equality, including:
a. Working closely with the African Union departments in particular the women, gender and youth
directorate, the Department of Social Affairs, the Department of Peace and Security, including to support
the implementation of the African Union Commission (AUC) strategy on Gender Equality and Women's
Empowerment (2018 – 2028); to support the
- integrating of gender and women's rights into its women, peace and security agenda;
- to support the African Union Campaign on ending violence against women and AU Campaign to End
Child Marriages.
b. With partners, organizing and supporting events and workshops to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health and rights, including harmful practices at the continental, regional and national level;
c. Working closely with partners to integrate gender in prevention and management of gender-based
and sexual violence in humanitarian programmes in areas affected by emergency and conflict in East
Africa Regional Office's country of focus; and
d. Supporting Civil Society Organizations and (women) human rights defenders in East Africa.
4) Assisting colleagues in integrating a gender perspective into the design, implementation and
evaluation of projects, training programmes, and tools including the Treaty Body Capacity Building
Programme;
5) Backstopping the work of colleagues in the gender and youth stream and support other human rights
work as stated in the Annual Work Plan of East Africa Regional Office.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University Degree (Masters or Equivalent) in
International Studies with emphasis on Human and Women's Rights. A combination of relevant academic
qualifications and practical experience such as an Internship in Human Rights is highly desirable.
Experience: At least 1 year of progressively responsible experience in human rights, including of
youth and women, as well as gender equality. Experience collaborating with other UN partners and the AU is a
plus.
Language: Language: Proficiency in English, with good working knowledge of an additional UN Language is desirable.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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