Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Duty Station: BISHKEK
Posting Period: 15 December 2016 - 21 December 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-71610-J-Bishkek (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

THIS TEMPORARY POSITION IS FOR A PERIOD OF EIGHT MONTHS, WITH POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER EXTENSION. IT IS LIMITED TO CANDIDATES BASED TO THE DUTY STATION.

• 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.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• 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.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• 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.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This temporary position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA). The incumbent will report to the Human Rights Officer (P-4) under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative.

Responsibilities

Supports the planning and coordination of activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective;
Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events, in particular minority rights, and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country;
Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators;
Supports in project management of newly approved project;
Assists in drafting concept notes for new projects;
Supports in monitoring and evaluation and development of appropriate tools.
Assists in drafting fundraising proposals;
Contributes to ongoing discussions within the UN Country Team on joint projects;
Provides support to sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies;
Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme;
Supports the defining of work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference;
Assists in the development and implementation of a training program in the field of human rights, international, humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives;
Supports field verification work through periodic visits; follow up on different cases and situations verified by the regional offices;
Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings;
Directs capacity-building efforts on human rights in region/country of assignment;
Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies;
Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM

Knowledge of human rights-related matters and international human rights law, international criminal and international humanitarian law;
Knowledge of the UN system including human rights mechanisms;
Proven ability to analyse complex human rights situations;
Proven ability to assist in project management tasks;
Understanding of the gender dimension in human rights field work;
Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION

Excellent analytical and communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style, to deliver presentations to external audiences, to build/maintain effective partnerships, to manage information and public information activities.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING

Ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, respond to competing demands and work under pressure of frequent, multiple and tight deadlines.

TEAMWORK

Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related field. Experience in Central Asia is required. Experience in project management and background in human rights-related fundraising is required. Expertise in the area of minority rights, diversity management or rule of law would be an asset. Field experience in countries with internal crisis would be an asset. Background in monitoring and evaluation and respective methods would be an asset.

Languages

Proficiency in both oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of both oral and written Russian is required.

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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