Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: SUVA
Posting Period: 10 April 2018 - 24 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-94478-F-Suva (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 in the Regional Office for the Pacific, of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Suva, Fiji. Fiji is classified as a "B" hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Regional Representative.


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

•Supports the Representative Office in the design of engagement strategies with stakeholders in the region for the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, including economic, social and cultural rights and environmental rights and the implementation of a human rights based approach and gender mainstreaming perspective in overall strategic planning in these areas;

• Advises and supports strengthening capacity of National Institutions, policies, programme and norms in line with international human rights standards in these important areas;

• Works with State institutions and NGOs to promote sustained and balanced support for the work in the field of human rights climate change related issues providing support on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights informed policies and practices;

• Develops research and legal analysis on the implications of climate change and the enjoyment of human rights as well as the level of compliance with human rights obligations in the region and prepares relevant documentation;

• Coordinates with United Nations agencies by giving advise and lending support as required in the area of climate change, economic, social and cultural rights, especially within the framework of rights based planning and programming initiatives, including the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);

• Writes a variety of reports, official correspondence, briefings, statements and communications and provides thematic guidance to and collaborate with the National Officer in the Regional Office for South-East Asia;

• Represents the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in meetings with representatives from such institutions as well as with the international community and other United Nations bodies, programs and specialized agencies;

• Provides support, through technical cooperation and capacity building, to national authorities, the parliaments, the judiciary and other relevant institutions in the region on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights policies in the area of climate change and human rights as well as on economic, social and cultural rights;

• Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of a range of human rights issues with particular focus on the human rights implications in the context of climate change, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Good knowledge of institutional mandates,policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems and challenges in the region of assignment. Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned country. Good knowledge of the human rights based approach, UN human rights instruments and procedures, in particular in the area of economic, social and cultural rights. 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. Provides leadership 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.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights is required, preferably on economic, social and cultural rights. Experience on gender mainstreaming and applying a human rights based approach is required. Experience in human rights, analysis, advocacy and reporting is required. Experience on human rights and climate change is desirable. Experience working in an international organization, NGO, or similar organization is desirable. Experience supporting national authorities, the parliaments, the judiciary or other relevant institutions on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights policies is desirable. Experience in the Asia Pacific region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language will be an asset.


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.

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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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