Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Human Rights Component, D1
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 16 August 2017 - 29 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-UNAMI-82486-B-Baghdad (R)
Staffing Exercise SE7(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This Job Opening, published under the number 82486, for the position of Chief, Human Rights Component, D-1, in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in Baghdad, is being extended until 29 September 2017. The purpose of the extension is to attract additional qualified candidates from diverse geographic locations as well as additional qualified women candidates.

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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 United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in Baghdad. Baghdad is classified as a hardship E duty station and non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq and the United Nations High Cmmissioner for Human Rights.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is a political mission established by the 2003 UN Security Council Resolution 1500 at the request of the Government of Iraq. UNAMI is mandated to advise and assist the Government and people of Iraq on a number of fronts. This includes advancing inclusive, political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbours, and promoting the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform. For more information on the mission's mandate visit


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

Advisory and representative roles:
•Acts as the Principal Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on all human rights promotion and protection activities in the mission area, including the protection of civilians, rule of law, transitional justice, the fight against impunity, the protection of women and children in armed conflict, sexual and gender-based violence including conflict-related sexual violence, protection of the rights of minorities, protection of the rights of persons with disabilities, economic, cultural and social rights, human rights aspects of peace and reconciliation, and other human rights issues of concern, technical cooperation projects related to human rights, and reports on issues related to human rights and the work of the Human Rights component;
•Acts as the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq and reports to the High Commissioner (HC) in Geneva in this capacity;
•Represents the Human Rights component and OHCHR at inter-agency meetings in the country and, in his/her capacity as the HC’s representative, advises the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to ensure that human rights issues are fully integrated into political, humanitarian and development efforts and programs including with respect to the United Nations Development Assistance and Integrated Strategic Frameworks (UNDAF and ISF, etc.) as well as the humanitarian appeal processes;
•Contributes to the Mission’s efforts on Protection of Civilians, including through the implementation of the UN system-wide strategy on Pock and close collaboration with the UNCT and the Protection Cluster; Ensures the integration of human rights into the mission's efforts to improve protection of civilians, including through participating in the planning and carrying out the mission's response or supporting coordination mechanisms as necessary, and ensures the monitoring and analysis of the human rights situation for early warning (implementing the Human Rights Up Front Policy) and taking action to ensure that this information is translated into operational responses to gross human rights violations;
•Advises the Government at senior levels, the Parliament, uniformed services, civil society, and other relevant partners, with respect to specific human rights concerns, bringing to their attention actual and potential violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and suggesting appropriate courses of actions to address such concerns;
•Advises the Government on strategies, policies and actions necessary to ratify and report on key international human rights instruments, on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, on cooperating with Special Procedures Mandate-Holders and on ensuring respect and implementation of international human rights law and standards;
•Represents the mission and OHCHR on human rights and rule of law matters during contacts with national and international organizations working in the field of human rights, diplomatic missions, donors, and other international actors;
•Participates in the mission's internal advisory, policy and decision-making fora, namely all senior mission leadership fora, and advises on strategic, policy and operational decisions that may have human rights and protection implications and on measures necessary for the Mission to protect and promote human rights in the mission area, mainstream human rights and implement a human rights-based approach, with special attention to peace processes, good offices and national priorities;
•Advises relevant stakeholder participants of the political process and other initiatives aimed at achieving sustained peace on issues related to human rights, including justice and reconciliation issues and accountability.

Substantive coordination:
•Ensures coordination of all human rights activities in the mission area; ensures timely and effective flow of information within the mission and with OHCHR and the channeling of human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in crisis management and response;
•Develops a human rights monitoring strategy; Ensures investigations of human rights violations are conducted, timely and regular public reports are issued in consultation with the SRSG and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and recommendations of reports are followed up with the Government;
•Promotes and oversees initiatives linked to supporting and strengthening the national human rights promotion and protection system in the country, including through, inter alia, the establishment or reinforcing of a national human rights institution, building civil society and state capacities and in setting protection programs to support victims and witnesses in the context of the fight against impunity in close coordination with national authorities and civil society;
•Leads the mission strategy on the fight against impunity in cooperation with other relevant mission component and lead transitional justice efforts as appropriate with relevant stakeholders;
•Ensures, as OHCHR Representative, that human rights considerations are reflected and integrated into humanitarian activities, including in emergency planning, preparedness and response, and through participating and/or playing a lead role in the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
•Counsels the Government and advocates for compliance with international human rights standards in the drafting of legislation, including of the Constitution as relevant, and to this effect, collaborates with the Government, UN, and other stakeholders in the planning and implementation of rule of law and security sector reforms and provides strategic advice to improve compliance with human rights and international humanitarian law with a view to combat impunity;
•Ensures gender considerations are included and reflected in all human rights activities and outputs and ensures compliance with the UN commitment to promote gender equality and mainstreaming in Mission activities, in cooperation with the mission's Gender Adviser.

Managerial responsibilities:
•Responsible for the overall management of the component and the substantive leadership, through inter alia, formulating human rights strategy and substantive programme of work of the office, allocating resources; reporting on budget/programming performance; evaluating staff performance and ensuring appropriate staffing of the component
•Maintains close relationship with OHCHR-HQ , including the geographic desk officers, ensures timely communications on the human rights situation, and ensures liaison with the human rights treaty monitoring bodies and special procedures;
•Performs other duties as required by the SRSG and the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Professionalism: Comprehensive knowledge of a range of human rights principles and justice related issues, the international human rights legal framework, including mechanisms available for redress, and relevant UN human rights-related mandates, policies and operational frameworks, including on conflict-related sexual violence, children and armed conflict, the protection of civilians, humanitarian action, security sector reform, legislative and rule of law reforms; Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, guidelines and methodologies related to UN peace operations and to human rights work as well as good understanding of issues related to the integration of human rights in UN peace missions; Demonstrated managerial skills, and capacity to maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization and to strategically advocate for the integration of human rights in various fora; Ability to produce in-depth analysis on a variety of issues impacting on human rights situation, identify appropriate strategies and provide concrete recommendations to redress situations; Capacity to lead the continual improvement of human rights-related work processes and ability to obtain optimum performance of the human rights component; Knowledge and understanding of gender concepts and methodologies; Ability to work and act under pressure in a politically and stressful environment, with a minimum of comfort and in dangerous security conditions; Commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of the peace operation and to mainstream gender in all activities of the human rights component. Proven representational, negotiation and managerial skills; Sound political judgment, impartiality, diplomacy and discretion; 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.

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.

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.

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, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial competencies:

Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement: does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in human rights, international relations, political science, law, or other related field. 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 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience at national and international levels in the fields of human rights, humanitarian action, political or social affairs, of which at least ten are in the field of human rights.
- Experience in the monitoring and investigation of human rights violations, including in the field.
- Field experience working on human rights with the UN common system or other international or non-governmental organization.
- Experience in management and leadership roles, including supervising large teams (i.e., experience supervising teams of at least 25 individuals).

- Experience implementing human rights compliance policies, including the establishment and oversight of coordination mechanisms.
- Experience working in or on the Middle East region as it relates to political, development or humanitarian functions.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic 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.

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