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: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 10 June 2016 - 23 June 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-61678-J-Kinshasa (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

THIS POSITION IS UP TO 31 DECEMBER 2016 WITH A POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and will be based in Kinshasa. The Human Rights Officer reports to the Senior Human Rights Officer in charge of the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP). This post is based in the headquarters of the United Nations Field Peace Operations led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
In the framework of the UN Human Rights due Diligence Policy (HRDDP), assist its Secretariat in all the tasks under its responsibility, including: Researches, collects, verifies, analyses and monitors information relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area, in particular with regards to the DRC Defence and Security institutions and officers ; Contribute to the evaluation of risks and benefits relating to the provision of support by the United Nations to DRC Defence and Security institutions and officers, including the identification of appropriate mitigating measures; Assist in the identification of priority cases requiring specific advocacy to the DRC authorities for appropriate judicial and/or disciplinary actions.
Contribute to the development of the databases and information system of the Secretariat by regularly update the relevant databases with analytical information on cases of violations of the protected rights and on members and units of the DRC Defence and Security institutions as well as armed groups; Advocates with relevant authorities and other influential actors to stop or prevent human rights violations; Seeks remedial action by the authorities to prevent similar violations from occurring in the future; Liaises with appropriate national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to monitor developments in the human rights situation and, if needed, support the creation of baseline data; Monitors the legal systems and their compliance with international human rights instruments and, where appropriate, advises relevant authorities, including on the implementation of recommendations by UN human rights bodies; Develops and, where appropriate, coordinates initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses, including in relation to conflict-related sexual violence; Conducts, and where necessary supervises, investigations of human rights and international humanitarian law violations; Drafts, reviews as appropriate, and ensures timely delivery of a variety of HRDDP reports, briefings and other types of communications in compliance with established standards, as well as reports prepared by other sections; Formulates recommendations and suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area; Contributes to the mainstreaming of human rights in the formulation and implementation of projects and programmes of the UN peace mission and UN agencies at country and local level; Represents the UN HRDDP at working-level meetings; 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 UN peace operation components/sections, including the police and military, to integrate human rights considerations into the planning and review of their programs and operations; Supports and coordinates human rights capacity building efforts for civil society and state authorities, including military and police, to promote the protection of human rights, including through providing technical assistance; Supports national authorities in their implementation and coordination of activities relating to the recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council; Designs, as appropriate, delivers and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders; Contributes to the establishment of transitional justice dialogues or processes and advises national counterparts on accountability and compensation mechanisms, as appropriate; Provides technical assistance to national authorities on the establishment of vetting mechanisms, as mandated; Ensures, and where relevant supervises, the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database in compliance with established standards; Integrates UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities; Ensures cooperation and appropriate communication with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the establishment of policies and sharing of best practices; Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora at the working level; Maintains effective working relationships with other UN and non-UN actors, national authorities, donors and other stakeholders for effective policy coordination; Defines the work plan for an assigned geographic area in accordance with established terms of reference; Supports more senior staff and/or team leaders in staffing, planning and budgeting as required; Manages or supports the management of technical cooperation projects; Provides guidance and coaching to new or more junior staff;
Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM. Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; In-depth knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence; Good knowledge of institutional mandates relevant to the position, organizational policies and methodologies relating to human rights; Capacity to monitor and coordinate human rights-related matters with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora; Good analytical and research skills, including the ability to gather, verify, evaluate and integrate relevant political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights-related developments, from a variety of sources, to assess their impact and to provide recommendations to redress situations; Commitment to seeking new and improved methods of work for accomplishing the work of the human rights component; Ability to relate and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields, including humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislation reforms and election support, and vice versa; Knowledge of planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of human rights capacity building initiatives for multiple stakeholders; Knowledge of project management for the planning, design, monitoring, evaluation and use of resources of human rights technical cooperation projects. Capacity to serve as internal resource person, share knowledge and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike. 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. 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 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or in 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights field or closely related areas is required, of which at least one year working in field locations and one year in human rights monitoring and reporting. Experience in human rights vetting exercises is required. Experience in the conduct of human rights investigations, capacity buiding activities for the protection and promotion of human rights, human rights training and human rights protection work is an advantage. Experience working on security services and armed groups in a post-conflict or conflict setting is desirable. Experience in DRC and/or the Great Lakes region is an asset. Experience in a United Nations common system field operations is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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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