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Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: KANGA BANDORO; BERBERATI; Bangassou; BOUAR;
Posting Period: 30 November 2015 - 06 December 2015
Job Opening Number: 51298
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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•This Temporary Job Opening is being posted for 7 days and is open to external candidates.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in different duty stations. The Human Rights Officers will report to Senior Human Rights Officer.

Responsibilities

Background: The MINUSCA Human Rights Division supports the Government of Central African Republic in implementing its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, and preventing and addressing violations. The Division focuses on: monitoring, investigation and accountability for human rights and humanitarian law violations; protection issues; administration of justice, including transitional justice; and partnership with civil society and national institutions. The Human Rights Division monitors, helps investigate and report publicly and to the Security Council on violations of international humanitarian law and on abuses and violations of human rights committed throughout the CAR, in particular by different armed groups, contribute to efforts to identify and prosecute perpetrators, and to prevent such violations and abuses, including through the deployment of human rights observers; monitors, help investigate and report specifically on violations and abuses committed against children as well as violations committed against women, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, and to contribute to efforts to identify and prosecute perpetrators, and to prevent such violations and abuses; support the International Commission of Inquiry and the implementation of its recommendations; assist the CAR authorities in the effort to protect and promote human rights; protect the civilian population from threat of physical violence, within its capabilities and areas of deployment, including through active patrolling; provide specific protection for women and children affected by armed conflict, including through the deployment of Child Protection Advisors and Women Protection Advisors; identify and record threats and attacks against the civilian population, including through regular interaction with the civilian population and working closely with humanitarian and human rights organizations; design, implement and deliver, in close consultation with humanitarian and human rights organizations and other relevant partners, a mission-wide protection strategy; Through appropriate mechanisms, the MINUSCA Human Rights team also engages with armed groups to address human rights and international humanitarian law issues.

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

• Coordinates, supervises and conducts human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area in his/her area of responsibility;
• Devises advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, including government officials, the UN Country Team (UNCT), UN and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) senior management, on strategies to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations in the mission area;
• 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 advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights;
• Develops and coordinates initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses, including with respect to sexual violence in conflict;
• Plans, coordinates and leads multidisciplinary teams in the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in compliance with UN standards;
• Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
• 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;
• 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;
• Designs, delivers, coordinates and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders;
• Works with national authorities and civil society for the establishment of transitional justice processes and the establishment of accountability and compensation mechanisms, as appropriate;
• Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports as required;
• Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
• Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora as appropriate;
• Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other UN and non-UN actors, national authorities, donors and other stakeholders for effective policy coordination;
• Assists in the coordination and implementation of the human rights work plan; evaluates or assists in the evaluation of its progress and suggests adjustments as needed;
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; Expert knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and of related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence, as well as good understanding of issues related to the integration of human rights in UN peace missions; Comprehensive knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational structures and policies within the UN, guidelines and methodologies relating to human rights; Capacity to maintain effective working relationships with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora; Ability to produce in-depth analysis of political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights-related problems to assess their impact and to provide concrete strategy recommendations to redress situations; 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.

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; 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 of progressively responsible experience in field and headquarters locations at national and international levels in the human rights field, including in the cause and resolution of human rights conflicts in accordance with international standards, is required. Work experience in a conflict or post-conflict location is required. Human Rights monitoring and reporting experience is required. Team leader experience is desirable. Specialized experience in one of the following areas is required: documentation and reporting, monitoring and mobile investigations, fight against impunity and transitional justice.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in oral and written French is required. Working knowledge of English is desirable.

Assessment Method

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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