Job Opening

Posting Title: REPRESENTATIVE, HUMAN RIGHTS, P5 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: NOUAKCHOTT
Posting Period: 03 May 2018 - 16 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-95299-R-Nouakchott (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 financed by the extra budgetary resources. This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' (OHCHR) country office Nouakchott, Mauritania. Nouakchott is classified as a D duty station and family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division and the Director of the Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa Branch, and in coordination with the Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section, the incumbent will represent the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Under delegated authority the incumbent will carry out the following functions:

• Ensures the optimal use of resources allocated to the office, establishing an effective system of cost control; On the basis of the mandate, develops, plans, implements and revises the work plan/budget, human rights strategies and related priorities as appropriate;
• 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; Supports activities of UN human rights mechanisms and advises OHCHR and other relevant UN agencies on the appropriate role to be played in relation to the evolving human rights situation; Proposes policy directives and plans of action to appropriate UN bodies for immediate and long-term solutions to human rights problems in general and in specific geographical areas;
• Holds bilateral and independent meetings with the Government and State counterparts, to discuss issues related to the mandate of the Office and to advise on steps needed to be taken and ensures that governmental and State institutions and NGOs are fully involved in the implementation of technical cooperation programmes; Seeks to ensure the integration of universally recognised human rights standards in the policies and activities of state institutions, including issuing statements expressing the position of the Office on key issues of policy to ensure their conformity with international standards; Develops and maintains relations with officials of the host government and advises them on human rights issues and policies;
• Assists the RC and the UNCT in supporting relevant government agencies in the preparation and implementation of national human rights action plans, the reform of the administration of justice, development of human rights education, and trainings on the application of international human rights norms and standards into national law and practice; Advises the RC and the UNCT on strategies to build and strengthens national capacities and institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights; Advises and acts as a resource person to the RC and the UNCT on human rights protection issues and the mainstreaming of human rights in their joint analytical, planning and programming frameworks/processes such as CCA/UNDAF;
• Represents OHCHR on matters of human rights in meetings with national authorities at the central as well as local levels, with members of the international community, as well as with representatives of national and international NGOs; Liaises with civil society and media on issues relating to human rights, including building their awareness and capacity to protect and promote human rights, and combat racism and racial discriminations; Promotes human rights educational activities and delivers human rights training; Provides technical advice on administration of justice; Promotes the full realization of the SDGs and economic, social and cultural rights;
• Reports to HQ monthly and annually on the activities and the achievement of the objectives set out in the mandate as well as the human rights situation.


PROFESSIONALISM. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

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.

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 improvement; 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.

VISION: 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.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the human rights field is required. Experience in providing technical advice or assistance to UN Missions or in a comparable setting in accordance with international standards is required. Experience gained through advisory or managerial positions or demonstrated leadership of staff working in the human rights area is required. Field experience is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in French and 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.

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

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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