Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Duty Station: KIEV
Posting Period: 07 June 2016 - 19 June 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-61676-J-Kiev (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

THIS POSITION IS FOR A PERIOD OF 3 MONTHS (WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER EXTENSION)

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•Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This temporary position is located in Kyiv with the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) /Americas, Europe and Central Asia Branch, Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The incumbent reports to the Deputy Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, under the overall guidance of the Head of Mission. This temporary position is for a period of 3 months.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, the Analyst’s main responsibilities and tasks will be to:

Lead, coordinate and supervise the analysis work of the mission related to rights to life, liberty, security and physical integrity (casualty recording; summary executions; enforced disappearances; unlawful and arbitrary detention; and torture and ill-treatment);
Research, collect, document and analyse information pertaining to the situation with rights to life, liberty, security and physical integrity, and ensure follow-up activities as necessary, including in respect of appropriate fact-finding methods and evidence gathering activities, as well as relevant interventions with duty bearers to protect victims and ensure accountability;
Provide advice and guidance on substantive issues related to rights to life, liberty, security and physical integrity as relevant to the mission work;
Coordinate the daily, weekly, monthly, thematic and special issues/ad hoc reports on the situation related to rights to life, liberty, security and physical integrity;
Coordinate mission’s support to visits and enquires of the UN human rights special procedures which relate to rights to life, liberty, security and physical integrity;
Provide analysis on emerging and evolving trends of human rights concerns and violations as well as response and capacity gaps, and ensure the development of a coherent strategy to respond to the situation, including the design and implementation of relevant technical assistance projects and activities related to rights to life, liberty, security and physical integrity;
Coordinate analytical work with other relevant actors, including among others the UN protection mandated agencies and regional organizations, in the pursuit of the mandate of the monitoring mission;
Prepare briefing, interviews notes, analytical documents and contribute to the production of documentation and other reports;
Ensure that activities are conducted in compliance with relevant standards and methods of work, including for protection and safe handling of information;
Represent OHCHR in interventions with national authorities (civil and military), civil society organizations, the United Nations Country Team and other international actors and stakeholders;
Use information management tools developed by OHCHR, including the Human Rights Database, and provide advice and guidance to mission’s members on filing cases related to violations of rights to life, liberty, security and physical integrity;
Participate in and /or contributes to lessons learned processes;
Undertake other tasks as requested by the Head of the monitoring mission.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights and humanitarian issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems and conduct complex human rights monitoring/ fact-finding; Understanding of the gender dimension in the human rights field work; very good knowledge of UN institutional mandates, human rights policies and guidelines; Ability to identify human rights issues and perspectives. Good analytical, research, fact-finding, monitoring, reporting and advocacy skills. Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve complex and/or sensitive issues; Solid knowledge of witness and victims protection; trained in data management.Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING AND ORGANISING: 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree in law, social/political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the analysis of human rights situations and issues, including through monitoring, reporting, investigation and advocacy at the field level. Experience in human rights programming would be an asset. Experience in humanitarian action, in particular in coordinating analytical working groups in crisis settings, would be an asset. Knowledge of the region is an asset.

Languages

Fluency in English and Russian required. Working Knowledge of Ukrainian is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an eliminatory assessment exercise which may be followed by a 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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