Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 February 2018 - 01 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-93127-J-New York (R)
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 in the Peace Missions Support Section (PMSS) in New York within the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Human Rights Officer will work under the day-to-day supervision of the respective Chief of the Peace Missions Support Section and the overall direction of the Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Supports the integration of human rights in UN peace operations by providing daily advice and support to lead departments on international human rights and humanitarian law in the UN peacekeeping operations under responsibility. Participates in inter-departmental processes on the countries of concern, such as Integrated Task Forces, and assists the relevant Integrated Operational Team in providing human rights guidance for the planning and operational functioning of a given mission; Reviews, monitors and evaluates activities of the human rights components of the UN peacekeeping operations concerned relating to the implementation of their mandate and the application of relevant policy frameworks and of the application and use of international human rights instruments and mechanisms, including Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council; advises human rights components on the same; Contribute to the preparation of the Section’s contributions to different OHCHR documents and interdepartmental and intergovernmental processes; Prepares relevant human rights parts of reports for the peace operation and the Security Council, including on specialized mandates and operational frameworks, such as sexual violence in conflict, children and armed conflict and protection of civilians analysis on the status of human rights in the countries assigned. Prepares written outputs, e.g. senior UN officials’ statements, briefing papers, talking points and analyses on the human rights situation in the UN missions under responsibility and the work of the respective human rights components; Meets regularly with the DPKO/DFS, including Military and Police, to plan projects and review project activities, analyse and review mandate progress and peacekeeping operation structures and resource implications; participates as required in internal/inter-agency field missions; Ensures that programmes in countries assigned integrate human rights, including their gender dimensions, in their programmes; helps design and implements the formulation of human rights strategies; supports the human rights components in budgeting and other resource-related processes; Ensures up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights in the countries concerned flows within OHCHR and makes recommendations to OHCHR senior management and partner departments on actions to take; Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, including the UN Security Council and Member States, as appropriate, on coordination and policy matters related to human rights priorities, challenges and achievements in the peace operations under responsibility; brief representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations; Engage with UN partners and Members States in relation to human rights integration in the peace and security agenda, in particular in relation to the integration of human rights in UN peace missions; Assists UN counterparts to review programmes in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives, and on the implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on UN support; Supports UN programming for technical cooperation projects, human rights programming for project purposes, fundraising, as well as conducting monitoring, evaluation and reporting to donors on implementation in the country; Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Chief of the Section, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staff, planning and budget; Trains and supervises new/junior staff; Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of human rights situation in the region. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights and to the UN, as well as good understanding of issues related to the integration of human rights in UN peace operations. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the region or country of assignment, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights. Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems. Ability 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 relate to and integrate human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, into related fields, such as political, rule of law, legislative reform, election support, development and humanitarian action, in affected countries and areas. Proven understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work, including in crisis management and response. Sound political judgment and advocacy and ability to understand and respond to sensitive and complex political and social events. 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. 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. 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. 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 improvements; 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 of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Education

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree), preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A first level university degree in combination with two more years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. Experience working in a UN field presence in a conflict or post-conflict context is required. Experience supporting UN field operations in a main UN Office and/or coordinating human rights programming with other UN actors is desirable. Experience in human rights advocacy and capacity-building programmes is desirable. Experience in the management of human rights programmes and projects is desirable. Experience in human rights monitoring, reporting and/or investigations is also desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

THIS POSITION IS VALID FOR ELEVEN MONTHS WITH POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION, LINKED TO THE SPECIAL LEAVE OF THE INCUMBENT. 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.

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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No Fee

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