Job Opening

Posting Title: Representative, Human Rights, P5
Duty Station: SANTIAGO
Posting Period: 31 January 2017 - 16 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-70447-R-Santiago (G)
Staffing Exercise SE5(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 1)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Assessment Period

Screened-in applicants will be invited by email to take the Standard Pre-selection Test (SPT); please ensure that your primary email address in Inspira is correct as this will be used for the invitation. No communications will be sent to your secondary email address.

Information on the SPT will also be available on your "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira. The SPT will take place between 10:00 a.m. on 1st April to 9:59 a.m. on 3rd April 2017 (EST, New York time). Applicants must complete the test during this 48-hour testing window in order to remain under consideration.

All applicants should regularly check the United Nations HR Portal at or their "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira for any updates/changes after the closing of this job opening, particularly during the week before the scheduled testing dates.

Please note that applicants who apply as rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and accordingly, will not be invited to participate in the SPT or any other assessments (including any written exam, interview, etc.) throughout the selection process. For more information about the assessment process, please visit the United Nations HR Portal.

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Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) or geographical requirements as set out in ST/AI/2016/1 to be eligible to apply for this job opening. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Santiago, Chile. Santiago is classified as an "A" hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Branch.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity embodied in international human rights law. OHCHR has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Formulates human rights strategies, including from a gender equality perspective, and advises OHCHR Headquarters on regional developments; develops a vision or direction for the work of the regional office in Santiago and creates the conditions for implementing that vision or direction.
• Advises the OHCHR Headquarters on human rights developments in the region after coordinating with other UN designated regional representatives.
• Represents the High Commissioner and provides advice and support to the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Resident Coordinator, and UN partners at the regional, sub-regional and country levels in the Americas Region regarding human rights related aspects of its activities and assists them in addressing human rights issues that are relevant to their mandates.
• In line with the Secretary-General's human rights mainstreaming mechanisms established under the UNDG, develops strategic relationships with the UN Country Teams of the region, advising and providing various services, as required, especially within the framework of the human rights based approach and human rights based planning and programming, coordination mechanisms and inter-agency cooperation.
• As a member of the UN Country Team in Santiago, develops, widens and enhances OHCHR's network of partners and contacts in the region to provide human rights advice and supports the Resident Coordinator and UN partner agencies, as required
• Promotes the ratification and implementation of international human rights instruments; advises on strategic interventions, including country visits, by special procedures mandate holders in the region, as appropriate.
• Designs, develops and implements significant policy and program changes to address regional human rights issues to assist governments in identifying and specifying their needs for advisory services and technical cooperation, including through the preparation and conduct of assessment missions.
• Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan, and supervises the timely delivery of outputs specified in the work plans of country desk officers and teams, and administrative matters concerning the Branch, including the best use of human and financial resources in accordance with priorities and work load.
• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; sets performance objectives, undertakes regular review of performance; identifies and supports training and development needs of staff.
• Prepares policy documents, analytical notes and human rights reports on key sectors or key regional developments for intergovernmental bodies; ensures proper planning for the preparation of the Annual Appeal and reports to donors.
• Develops and maintains relations with officials at the highest levels of governments and advises them on human rights issues and policies.
• Coordinates and oversees human rights research initiatives.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of and wide exposure to the full range of human rights issues, in particular with regard to national protection systems, and human rights mainstreaming; Strong knowledge of institutional mandates and international standards pertaining to human rights; Exposure of approaches and techniques to address highly sensitive and complex issues and problems; Comprehensive knowledge of the region, including its human rights and political situation, as well its culture, history and traditions; Ability to exercise independent judgement and discretion in advising on and handling major issues and problems; Very good knowledge of the structure and functions of the United Nations system, its organs, agencies and programmes; Solid knowledge of mainstreaming human rights in the development, humanitarian and/or peace building work of the United Nations; Very good knowledge of the programming and planning tools and frameworks, such as the Common Country Assessment/United Nations Development Assistance Framework and Consolidated Appeal Process/Common Humanitarian Action Plan; 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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; provide oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Empowering others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science or international relations, or other disciplines related to human rights is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in the human rights field is required. Experience working on topics/issues related to the Latin American region in human rights, political, development and/or humanitarian fields is required. Experience in developing, implementing and coordinating complex strategies related to human rights required. Experience in providing expert advisory services in human rights is required. Experience in managing financial and human resources required. Experience in managing a diverse team is required. Experience in dealing with legal issues related to human rights instruments and mechanisms is desirable. Experience in developing strategic relationships and coordinating with diverse organizations is desirable. Experience in drafting policy documents, analytical notes and reports for intergovernmental bodies is desirable. Experience in field locations is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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