Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER (Investigator - International Crimes), P3 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 March 2018 - 21 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-94411-R-Geneva (X)
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 Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM). The incumbent will implement strategies designed to guide investigations, develop and maintain networks of contacts and sources, and undertake outreach and collection activities. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Plans and coordinates activities related to the mandate of the IIIM concerning Syria, including from a gender perspective.
2. Conducts substantive research and analysis of violations of human rights and international law and assesses their impact on the situation in the Region.
3. Collects and analyses data and indicators concerning Syria, including gender-specific data and indicators.
4. Provides support to, and follows up on implementation of decisions by the IIIM.
5. Ensures investigations in cases involving serious breaches of international humanitarian law and human rights in Syria, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, rape and sexual and gender based violence, are integrated into the investigations and analysis of violations of international law.
6. Defines work plan for area assigned and assists in implementation for pre and post deployment periods in accordance with established IIIM terms of reference.
7. Assists national actors to contribute to accountability for violations of human rights, international humanitarian law, and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
8. Supervises or undertakes collection and field verification work; follows up on different cases, situations and lines of inquiry generated by analytic processes.
9. Represents the IIIM at working level meetings.
10. Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc.
11. May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
12. Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. Demonstrated ability to conduct large scale and complex criminal investigations and ability to build cases. Ability to analyze complex political, military, paramilitary, and other related groups' activities in relation to war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, including sexual crimes, violence and abuses. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING & 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, international law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Formal qualification and/or certification in criminal investigations is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related field is required. Experience in law enforcement or criminal investigations in cases involving serious breaches of international humanitarian law, preferably in the Middle East and North Africa region, is desirable. Experience with an international or multilateral public institution is desirable. Work experience in the areas of sexual and gender-based crimes and justice for children is desirable. Experience gathering evidence and interviewing suspects and witnesses and working experience in a high-tech environment is desirable.


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


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.

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.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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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