Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: KIEV
Posting Period: 23 March 2018 - 06 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-93723-R-Kiev (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is found in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Kiev. The Senior Human Rights Officer reports to the Chief of the Americas, Europe and Central Asia Branch and to the Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division.

Responsibilities

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

- Formulates human rights strategies, including from a gender equality perspective;
- Develops a vision or direction for the work of the human rights Field Presence and creates the conditions for implementing that vision or direction;
- Represents the High Commissioner on matters of human rights;
- Negotiates directly with relevant parties the human rights elements of peace accords or the human rights concerns while long range solutions are sought;
- Proposes policy directives and plan of action to appropriate United Nations bodies for immediate and long-range solutions to human rights problems in general and specific geographical areas;
- Designs, develops and implements significant policy and program changes to address regional or global human rights issues, including their gender dimensions;
- Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Field Presence and participates in the overall formulation and approval of the programme of work and administrative matters;
- Ensures the optimal use of resources allocated to the office, establishing an effective system of cost control;
- Prepares human rights reports on key sectors or key regional developments;
- Develops and maintains relations with officials at the highest levels of governments and advises them on human rights issues and policies;
- Advises relevant government counterparts on the ratification of international human rights treaties, compliance with its reporting commitments before international human rights treaty-monitoring bodies and the preparation of pending periodic reports, and follow-up to the recommendations made by these bodies and coordinate support with the UNCT and the RC;
- Support activities of UN human rights mechanisms and advise OHCHR and other relevant UN agencies on the appropriate role to be played in relation to the evolving human rights situation;
- Coordinates and oversees human rights research initiatives;
- Organizes, coordinates, manages, and supervises other human rights officers and organizational segments as assigned;
- Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address and advise on highly sensitive and complex problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of the region of assignment. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures; 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 in specific societies and systems; Ability to relate and advise on human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas; 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.

PLANNING AND ORGANISING : 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.

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.

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.

Education

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

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related field. Field experience is desirable, including extensive prior experience in leading Commissions of Inquiry or human rights investigations. Experience in management and leadership roles is desirable, including the supervision of large teams. Experience in the region is 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 Russian is highly desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will 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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

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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