Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Rights Officer
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: BAMBARI
Posting Period: 21 September 2016 - 27 September 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Human Rights Affairs-FMADPKO-67233-J-Bambari (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Rights component of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Human Rights Officer P-3 will be posted in Bambari and reports to the Coordinator of Bambari office.

Responsibilities

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:

• Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation;
• Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators. .
• Analyses existing documentation and propose investigation methods;
• Conducts and/or assists in the conduct of interviews and evidence gathering activities;
• Prepares briefings, interview notes and analytical documents as required;
• Contributes to the production of the investigation report and final report; that is to: establish the facts; qualify the crimes; determine responsibilities and where possible, identify those responsible for human rights violations;
• Uses information management tools developed by the Division, including the data base, spreadsheets;
• Ensures that activities are conducted in compliance with relevant standards and methods of work, including for witness protection;
• Supervises field verification work through periodic visits; follows up on different cases and situations verified by the regional offices;
• Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
• Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
• May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. 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.

• 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& 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two 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 human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area. Work experience in a conflict or post-conflict location is required. Human Rights investigations, monitoring and reporting experience is required. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: protection, capacity building, combatting impunity, and/or transitional justice. Prior experience in a field operation mounted by organizations within the UN common system (peacekeeping, special political missions, or UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes) is desirable. Field experience in Central Africa region is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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