Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Rights Officer (Recruit from Roster), P3
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 11 September 2017 - 25 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-MINUSMA-84835-F-Bamako (M)
Staffing Exercise SE7(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered for this job opening. Roster applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are qualified, interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the position, if selected.

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 mandate extension and/or the availability of the funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Bamako. Bamako is classified as a “C” duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief Deputy Director of Human Joint Human Rights Office.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. By unanimously adopting resolution 2164 of 25 June 2014, the Council further decided that the Mission should focus on duties, such as ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation; and assisting the reestablishment of State authority, the rebuilding of the security sector, and the promotion and protection of human rights in that country. Unanimously adopting resolution 2295 (2016) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter on 29 June 2016, the 15-member Council authorized the Mission to use “all necessary means” to carry out its mandate within its capabilities and areas of deployment. Extending that mandate until 30 June 2017, it further decided to increase MINUSMA’s force levels to a ceiling of 13,289 military troops and 1,920 police personnel.For more information on the mission mandate visit http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minusma/

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Right Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Lead the reporting team of the human rights division.
• Contribute to regular briefings and talking points for the Division’s meetings with mission leadership;
• Maintain an overview of political, military, and humanitarian developments in South Sudan as well as monitor the situation for potential human rights implications, and feed information back to human rights field teams for their action and/or attention, as necessary;
• Support the implementation of the case management database;
• Represent the Division at various working groups within the UN in Bamako, such as the MINUSMA JOC Operations Working Group meetings, the MRM Task Force and any others that may arise;
• Contribute to the development of HRD policy on monitoring and reporting, including through the revision of reporting templates, drafting reporting guidelines, identifying reporting priorities;
• Provide training to new and junior colleagues on improving monitoring and reporting skills;
• Design, provide inputs and deliver briefing notes for visiting delegations as appropriate;
• Develop formats and background materials (tables, charts, spread sheets, power point presentations) for reporting purposes;
• Develop and maintain a good information management and archive system both in documentation, filing as well as in computerized form for easy retrieval;
• Maintain archives for all reports and materials related to reporting;
• Perform other related duties as required by the Division leadership.
• Drafts, reviews and edits daily, weekly and monthly internal reports as well as public reports on human rights situations in compliance with established standards
• Contribute to regular briefings and talking points for the Division’s meetings with mission leadership;
• Ensure timely review of information provided by field teams and where necessary solicit human rights inputs for reporting and analysis purposes;
• Follow up with field teams as necessary for clarification on their regular outputs;
• Conduct human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area; Establishes as needed, baseline data for the appropriate monitoring of the human rights situation in the mission area;
• Support the implementation of the case management database;
• Coordinate with the other components of the mission such as the Force and UNPOL and JOC to ensure the smooth sharing of information and carry out the HR mandate in an integrated manner.
• Evaluate the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and advise where appropriate, relevant authorities including on the implementation of UN recommendations;
• Support Women Protection Advisors in the mission by providing technical expertise on the monitoring, investigations and reporting of conflict-related sexual violence as mandated and relevant to the peace mission;
• Contribute to the integration of human rights in the mission's protection of civilians (PoC) efforts and, where relevant, coordinates such efforts including by, inter-alia ,mapping and reporting protection risks, early warning, advising UN uniformed personnel on human rights issues during the conduct of their operations, and participating or coordinating in Joint Protection Teams, as required;
• Ensure the integration of UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting, protection and investigation Activities.
• Contribute to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
• Facilitate cooperation and appropriate communication with OHCHR in the establishment of policies and sharing of best practices;
• Analyse and synthesize significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources;
• Reach out to various UN actors to collect and analyse information of relevance to human rights;
• Carry out researches on open sources
• Maintain Databases up to date and clear documentation systems
• Contribute to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating in or coordinating in Emergency preparedness and response activities including in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
• Assist in the identification of protection gaps and strengthens the existing protection response strategy by ensuring synergies within the mission, the members of the Protection Cluster and other clusters as well as with other relevant fora; and
• May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
• Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned region/country; . 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.

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.

Planning and 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.

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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or in a 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

Required experience:
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area.
- Experience working in an international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting in Africa.
- Experience in analyzing human rights situations and drafting routine and public reports on these situations.
- Experience in investigations.
- At least one year ofexperience working in a reporting team.

Languages

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

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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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