Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Human Rights Officer, P5
Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TUNIS
Posting Period: 10 April 2018 - 24 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-UNSMIL-95764-F-Tunis (M)
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 Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which is currently located in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunis is classified as an "A" duty station and a family duty station. Applicants should expect to travel on a regular basis (and eventually be relocated) to Libya as the Mission moves forward with its plan to redeploy staff members into Libya. The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Principal Human Rights Officer..

UNSMIL's mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2376 (2017) of 14 September 2017 includes, as an immediate priority, support to the Libyan political process, as well as the undertaking of: (a) support to key Libyan institutions; (b) support for the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance; (c) human rights monitoring and reporting; (d) support for securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (e) coordination of international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilize post-conflict zones.


Under the overall supervision of the Principal Human Rights Officer, the incumbent may be responsible for the following duties:

•Advises on appropriate strategies to promote and protect human rights in the mission area, including ways to redress serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law and integrating human rights in peace processes;
•Coordinates, supervises and ensures adequate conduct of human rights monitoring and reporting activities in compliance with UN policies and methodology, including use of and quality inputs to the human rights violations database, and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area;
•Advises senior management and contributes to the integration of human rights in the mission's protection of civilians efforts and, where relevant, coordinates such efforts;
•Provides strategic guidance to the UN Mission and to the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Humanitarian Country Team on the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy and mainstreaming of human rights and advocates for the integration of human rights in relevant programmes including with respect to the Integrated Strategic frameworks as well as the Consolidated (Humanitarian) Appeal processes;
•Advises on and develops and advocates with relevant authorities including Government and State officials, the UNCT, and the UN mission senior management on strategies to better protect and promote human rights, mechanisms to stop impunity and to redress serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law;
•Develops strategies and plans for the adoption of transitional justice strategies and the implementation of transitional justice processes, in the areas of truth seeking; accountability, including criminal justice; victims’ reparations; and institutional reform, including vetting;
•Ensures the integration of a gender perspective in all aspects of work, including gender-sensitive victim perspectives in the design and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms. Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, civil society, UN actors and bodies, and other relevant partners, to inform on the human rights situation and advice on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights;
•Promotes coordination among all human rights related mandates present in the mission area;
•Analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources;
•Coordinates the drafting of and reviews a variety of reports, including internal reports, public human rights reports, and inputs into Secretary-General reports, thematic reports and briefings, ensuring quality and conformity with standards;
•Develops and coordinates training and other capacity building initiatives for governmental and non-governmental stakeholders as they relate to human rights and transitional justice processes;
•Ensures timely communication and coordination with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;
• Works closely with the Principal Human Rights Officer in the overall management of the Division, including work coordination and administrative functions relating to staffing, planning and budgeting;
•Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora;
•Perform other related duties, as requested.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

JUDGEMENT/DECISION MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) 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 years of progressively responsible experience in human rights work, including at least 5 years’ experience in field investigations, monitoring and reporting is required. Specific experience in transitional justice is required. Experience working with individual or collective victims of human rights violations is required. Significant experience in drafting and editing human rights reports on complex human rights and humanitarian law issues in English and analyzing human rights violations under international human rights law is required. Managerial experience in the supervision of teams is required. Experience on transitional justice and accountability mechanisms is desirable. Relevant experience in the Middle East and North Africa region 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 highly desirable.


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

Special Notice

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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