Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Rights Officer, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 03 October 2017 - 10 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-86514-J-Geneva (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

THESE THREE (3) TEMPORARY POSITIONS ARE VALID THROUGH 31 DECEMBER 2017, WITH A POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION, SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING. PRIORITY CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO CANDIDATES HOLDING AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARIAT.

• 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.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• 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

These temporary positions are located in the Universal Periodic Review Branch (UPRB) within the Human Rights Council Treaty Mechanisms Division (HRCTMD) of the the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Human Rights Officers will be under the overall guidance and reports to the Chief of Branch.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbents will be responsible for the following duties: develops and applies, in coordination with other parts of OHCHR, methodologies for the review and analysis of country human rights situations, ensuring an integrated approach inclusive of all rights and of a gender perspective, and for the identification of best practices in the implementation of human rights at the country-level; analyses information made available on voluntary pledges and commitments made by States when submitting their candidacy for elections to the Human Rights Council (HRC), to review and analyse country situations, liaises with geographical desk officers for the inclusion of most updated information on the general situation of the country under review, including information on either exiting or planned technical assistance project, if any; advises on the identification of issues to be highlighted in the reports upon which the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is based, for which the OHCHR is responsible; coordinates, internally to OHCHR, the preparation of reports, by, inter alia, defining the timetable for the preparation of each report, monitoring progress, organizing substantive and coordination meetings with a view to reaching office-wide agreement on content; analyses, consolidates, summarizes and decides on the inclusion of information collected from United Nations entities and submitting stakeholders, and drafts UPR reports, reflecting relevant issues that would facilitate the UPR, ensuring that the information is consistent with that contained in documents of the human rights bodies and mechanism as well as the stakeholders' submission upon which the reports are based; and performs other related duties as required.

In addition the the above responsibilities the Human Rights Officers assists with the improvement of the on-line system for inscription of lists of speakers and uploading oral statements for different categories of debates in the HRC; manages lists of speakers for all agenda items and all categories of debates, while liaising with the Secretary of the HRC and drafters of scenarios for the President and responding to a variety of procedural and organizational questions from the delegations at the secretariat counter Room XX; drafts scenarios for the President and Vice-Presidents of the Council for each meeting of the Council and talking points for the President and Vice-Presidents of the HRC, as required on specific procedural issues, in consultation with the Office of the President; provides timely podium assistance to the Secretary of the HRC, while maintaining constant liaison with OHCHR staff and delegations; facilitates non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs’) participation in the work of the Council by providing guidance to representatives taking the floor in Room XX, liaising with the NGO List of Speakers Desk, as well as alerting the podium on any related issues, compiling, preparing and updating lists of NGO speakers for different categories of debates, and facilitating their online registration; supervises the work of interns in charge of slides for large screens in Room XX to ensure accuracy of texts of slides at all times, as well as for compilation of statistics; prepares and finalizes the statistical report on the 37th session of the HRC; prepares an implementation chart of resolutions adopted at the 37th session of the Council; assists the Secretary of the Consultative Group by screening applications for vacancies for special procedures mandates and providing advice to applicants to ensure their compliance with related procedure; provides secretariat support to meetings of the subsidiary bodies of the HRC; and performs such other functions as may be requested by supervisors.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to United Nations human rights mechanisms, particularly the Human Rights Council, including related procedure and practice; good analytical and research skills, ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources; ability to conduct data collection using various methods; conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases; ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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; and 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.

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.

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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors on-going developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field is required. Specialization in the area of human rights is desirable. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with qualifying experience (i.e. two additional years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. Experience in servicing inter-governmental human rights mechanisms is required. Experience in servicing inter-governmental meetings of the United Nations is an advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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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