Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TUNIS
Posting Period: 18 January 2018 - 16 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-UNSMIL-91135-R-Tunis (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Tunis is classified as an "A" duty station and a family duty station. Applicants should expect to serve in Libya as the Mission moves forwards with its plan to redeploy staff members into Libya.

UNSMIL’s mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2376 (2017) includes, as an immediate priority, implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement; consolidation of the governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government of National Accord; support to key Libyan institutions; human rights monitoring and reporting; support for securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; co-ordination of international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilise post-conflict zones.


Under the overall authority of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), and with a dual reporting line to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose office provides substantive support and general policy guidance, the Director of Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division will be responsible for the following duties:

Advisory and representative roles:
•Act as the Principal Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on all human rights and rule of law promotion and protection activities, including the protection of civilians, transitional justice, the fight against impunity, sexual violence, women, peace and security issues, protection of women and of children in armed conflict, human rights aspects of peace and reconciliation, and reports on issues related to human rights, international humanitarian law and the work of the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division;
•Act as the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the country, and reports to the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva in this capacity;
•Represent the Human Rights component and OHCHR at inter-agency meetings in the country and, in his/her capacity as OHCHR's representative, advise 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 programmes including with respect to strategic frameworks and humanitarian appeal processes;
•Advise the SRSG, DSRSG/RC/HC, and other senior mission leadership, and leads the mission's efforts on Protection of Civilians, in close collaboration with the UNCT and the Protection Cluster;
•Provide advice to senior management on policy and matters related to strategic planning and management of the legal, judicial and corrections systems in the mission area;
•Advise the Government at senior levels with respect to specific human rights and rule of law concerns, bringing to their attention actual and potential violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and suggesting appropriate actions;
•Advise the Government on strategies, policies and actions necessary to promote and protect human rights, including through the ratification and reporting on key international human rights instruments, including follow up on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) implementation, on cooperating with Special Procedures Mandate-Holders and on ensuring respect and implementation of international human rights law and standards;
•Represent UNSMIL 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;
•Participate 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 advise on measures necessary for the Mission to protect and promote human rights in the mission area, mainstream human rights and to implement a human rights-based approach, with special attention to peace processes, good offices and national priorities.

Substantive Coordination:
•Ensure coordination of all human rights, transitional justice and rule of law activities in the mission area; ensures timely and effective flow of information within UNSMIL and with OHCHR and OROLSI and the channelling of human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in crisis management and response;
•Develop a human rights monitoring strategy; oversee the use of the OHCHR human rights case data base; ensure investigations of human rights violations are conducted, timely and regular public reports are issued in consultation with the SRSG and OHCHR, and recommendations of reports are followed up with the Government and other relevant interlocutors;
•Promote and oversee 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 building up protection programs to support victims and witnesses in the context of the fight against impunity;
•Ensure, as OHCHR representative, that human rights considerations are reflected and integrated in humanitarian activities, including in emergency planning, preparedness and response, and through participating in and/or playing a lead role in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
•Counsel the Government and advocate for compliance with international human rights standards and rule of law principles in the drafting of legislation, including of the Constitution as relevant, and to this effect, collaborate with the Government, UN, and other stakeholders in the planning and implementation of rule of law and security sector reforms;
•Support the UN’s implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) on support provided by the UN to non-UN forces, ensuring coherence in its application across UN entities and effective communication and coordination, and advise the SRSG on strategic issues related to HRDDP implementation as necessary;
•Ensure coordination and cooperation with the special envoys, independent experts or commissions of inquiry as relevant in incorporating recommendations into the human rights strategy of the mission;
•Ensure gender considerations are included and reflected in all human rights and rule of law activities and outputs and ensure compliance with the UN commitment to promote gender equality and mainstreaming in Mission activities, in cooperation with the Women’s Empowerment Section.

Managerial responsibilities:
•Responsible for the overall management of the division and substantive leadership, though, inter-alia, formulating a human rights and rule of law strategy and the substantive work program of the office, allocating resources, preparing and reporting on budget and programme performance, evaluating staff performance and ensuring appropriate staffing of the division;
•Maintain close relationship with OHCHR-HQ and OROLSI, including the geographic desk officers, ensures timely communications on the human rights situation, and ensure liaison with the human rights treaty monitoring bodies and special procedures;
•Perform other duties as required by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


PROFESSIONALISM: Proven sensitivity to conflict and post-conflict political and social environments and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; Comprehensive knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and of related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative, rule of law reforms and conflict-related sexual violence; Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, guidelines and methodologies related to UN peace operations and to human rights work, including the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, as well as good understanding of issues related to the integration of human rights in UN peace missions; Capacity to maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization(s), and to strategically advocate for the integration of human rights in various fora; Sound political judgment, as well as diplomacy, impartiality, and discretion. Ability to produce in depth analysis of political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights related problems to assess their impact and to provide concrete strategy recommendations to redress situations; Capacity to lead the continual improvement of human rights related work processes and ability to apply best management practices to obtain optimum performance of the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division; Understanding of the relevance of information collected by various UN actors for human rights analysis; Sound knowledge of the political background and human rights situation in the country or region; Proven representational, negotiation and managerial skills; Understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work; Ability to work and act under pressure in a politically and psychologically difficult environment, with a minimum of comfort and in precarious 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, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

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.

VISION: 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.

LEADERSHIP: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


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

At least 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience at national and/or international levels in the fields of human rights, rule of law, humanitarian action, political or social affairs, with at least ten years in the field of human rights or rule of law, is required. Experience in monitoring and investigating human rights violations is required. Experience in management and leadership roles, including in the supervision of large teams, is required. Experience advising senior governmental representatives on human rights and/or rule of law and advocating for the promotion of and respect for human rights in a conflict or post-conflict environment is required. Experience in the Middle East and North Africa region is an asset. Experience in transitional justice and gender issues, including conflict-related sexual violence, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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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