Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR VICTIMS' RIGHTS OFFICER, P5 [Cancelled]
Job Code Title: SENIOR VICTIMS' RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission Integrated Office in Haiti
Duty Station: PORT-AU-PRINCE
Posting Period: 17 February 2023 - 02 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Human Rights Affairs-BINUH-202179-F-Port-au-Prince (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

In Security Council resolutions 1888 (2009) and 2467 (2019) the Security Council requested inter alia the timely deployment of women’s protection advisers (WPAs) in all relevant situations of concern, including to relevant UN peace operations, special political missions, and country presences. Security Council resolution 2467 is one in a series of resolutions adopted since 2008, which recognized conflict-related sexual violence as a threat to security and an impediment to the restoration of peace. Furthermore, in resolution 2645 (2022), the Security Council decided to include dedicated capacity to address sexual and gender-based violence within BINUH’s Human Rights unit. WPAs advise UN senior leadership on the implementation of the operational provisions of these resolutions, including by ensuring the establishment and functioning of the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements on conflict-related sexual violence (MARA).

This position is located in the Human Rights component of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). The incumbent will directly report to the Human Rights Principal under the overall guidance of the Head of Mission as per consolidation of protection functions recommendations.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Human Rights Principal, the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will be responsible for supporting the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2242 (2015), 2331 (2016) and 2467 (2019) on conflict-related sexual violence, including through a survivor-centered approach, and ensuring the reflection of conflict-related sexual violence perspectives in the work of all mission components. The Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will also oversee the provision of advice and support to government and non-governmental counterparts in collaboration with relevant mission and UN counterparts, and foster close working partnerships with all UN stakeholders, including the UN Country Team. In this regard, the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will:

• Advise Senior Mission leadership on the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations into the mission’s implementation plan, guidance and operational activities, and efforts on engaging dialogue with state and non-state parties in order to seek commitments to prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence; Provide guidance on the conflict-related sexual violence agenda to UN system entities, as required.

• Establish, coordinate and lead the implementation of Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements on conflict-related sexual violence created under Security Council resolution 1960 (2010), in compliance with UN methodology, guidance and tools, in observance of international human rights and humanitarian law, in order to ensure the systematic gathering of timely, accurate, reliable and objective information on trends and patterns of conflict-related sexual violence.

• Establish, convene and coordinate the programme and activities of the UN Working Group on Conflict-related Sexual Violence (WG) at the country level and ensure coherence of decisions made by its members, including with respect to the Protection Cluster and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Sub-Cluster, and other relevant monitoring and reporting mechanisms; Engage with the protection Cluster and GBV Sub-Cluster to ensure that decisions and actions from the WG are coordinated; Ensure members of the WG are provided with support for their analysis, reporting and programmatic responsibilities, including with respect to the establishment and operationalization of monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements.

• Coordinate the implementation of reporting obligations on conflict-related sexual violence.

• In coordination with mission and UNCT components, and in collaboration with the Government, NGOs and donors, promote the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies, including advocacy and capacity-building strategies, to address sexual and gender-based violence and conflict-related sexual violence that recognize and promote national ownership.

• Promote regular and appropriate information exchange and greater coherence and coordination of the UN system-wide response in support of national authorities, in delivering survivor-centered approaches to preventing and addressing conflict-related sexual violence.

• Provide the necessary support to the Senior Mission leadership in order to strengthen and reinforce coordination and cooperation with the donor community, inter-governmental agencies and regional organizations, as appropriate, in response to conflict-related sexual violence.

• Develop a workplan that mainstreams conflict-related sexual violence in all relevant mission components / sections, and collectively develop procedures for the effective cooperation of the mission to integrate conflict-related sexual violence perspectives into respective responsibilities.

• Ensure regular and appropriate information exchange on conflict-related sexual violence developments, including with the Office of the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict and with other relevant United Nations headquarters focal points.

• Perform other relevant duties, as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter – including in international human rights and humanitarian legal frameworks, international relations, protection of civilians, and gender/SGBV, and relevant Security Council resolutions and mandates, in conflict and post conflict settings, in particular working on issues of conflict-related sexual violence, to establish and maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization, and to strategically advise and advocate for the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations in various fora; Demonstrated independent judgement and discretion in advising on and handling sensitive information; Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials;
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 situation 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 and 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.

Managerial Competencies:

Judgement / 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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, development studies, or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and 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, protection of civilians,
gender, humanitarian affairs, political affairs or a related area is required

A combination of experience in two or more of these areas: Protection of civilians, gender and humanitarian affairs is desirable.

A minimum of three years of experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience supporting or facilitating multi-stakeholder policy and/or advocacy processes at the national level is required.

Experience engaging with and advising senior host Government officials is desirable.

Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may be required for this position.

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.

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