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: GENEVA
Posting Period: 20 September 2016 - 03 October 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-66563-J-Geneva (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Notes: THIS POSITION IS FOR A PERIOD OF 11 MONTHS, WITH POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

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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.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that 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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• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Methodology, Education and Training Section, Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the incumbent reports to the Chief of Section.

Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, the Human Rights Officer (HRO) will contribute to advancing the integration of human rights in humanitarian action at the field level in line with the aim of the Human Rights Up Front initiative, by performing the following tasks:

Develop and coordinate the production of methodological tools, guidance and other materials for use by OHCHR, in particular field offices, and other partners as relevant, on monitoring human rights in emergencies and other relevant subjects, and an assessment and analysis tool for OHCHR staff working in emergencies.

Facilitate exchanges of experiences, identify, document and validate lessons learned and good practices with regard to the engagement of OHCHR field offices in humanitarian contexts and OHCHR cooperation with UN and other partners on select country situations.

Provide advice on human rights methodology and training on human rights in humanitarian action to OHCHR staff at Headquarters and in field presences, with priority in humanitarian contexts where OHCHR leads or is a member of field protection clusters.

Develop and coordinate the production or revision of training materials and programmes on human rights issues, functions and skills in humanitarian action; organize and deliver an annual OHCHR training course on human rights in humanitarian action: support OHCHR field presences in their training delivery and contribute to inter-agency training initiatives in this area.

Participate in select IASC coordination fora to support humanitarian leadership guidance development and learning, contribute inputs and review of materials and training delivery in learning activities targeting Humanitarian Coordinators and other senior humanitarian leaders; ensure appropriate linkages with the training on the UN Human Rights Responsibilities under the Human Rights Up Front initiative.

Contribute to the development and management of knowledge on human rights issues and skills in humanitarian action; develop partnerships and cooperative arrangements with external expert institutions; maintain OHCHR electronic resources in this thematic area;

Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM. Good knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues; good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights and their implementation at the field level; very good knowledge of a range of conceptual and operational issues related to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action within the United Nations and the humanitarian community; very good ability to develop conceptual frameworks and methodological and policy tools, carry out research and studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems; strong analytical skills. Takes 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. 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. ACCOUNTABILITY. Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments ; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards ; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules ; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments ; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

Advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or other disciplines related to human rights. 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

At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience, including at the international level, in the human rights or related field is required. Experience in the area of protection-related work, human rights and humanitarian action is required. Experience in the area of policy, methodology or other guidance development is also required.

Languages

Fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an eliminatory assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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