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: GENEVA
Posting Period: 16 May 2018 - 29 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-96399-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva in the Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (CTMD). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Human Rights Treaties Branch (HRTB).

Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Human Rights Treaties Branch, the incumbent will be responsible of the following:

• Coordinates the work of the OHCHR on the activities of the human rights treaty body system in relation to the consideration of petitions, providing consistent and authoritative advice to treaty bodies and their members, States, the High Commissioner and external stakeholders on this issue, and works to ensure that the treaty body system operates as a unified system.
• Develops the treaty body procedures relating to the consideration of petitions; ensures that standard methodologies are in place, constantly developed and applied consistently; and that ‘best practices’ are recognized and integrated into the procedures as they are developed and improved.
• Develops appropriate mechanisms for the implementation of international standards.
• Advises the High Commissioner on the development and effective functioning of the treaty body system, in particular in regard to petitions, and makes proposals to ensure that the treaty body system operates in a harmonized manner.
• Regularly briefs States parties, NGOs, national human rights institutions, UN entities and other stakeholders on activities of the human rights treaty body system with regard to petitions and seeks input from all stakeholders; provides advice to ensure the consistent application of the procedures.
• Trains and coaches junior staff on how to apply harmonized treaty body procedures with regard to petitions.
• Sets performance objectives for members of the unit and undertakes regular review of performance.
• Identifies the training and development needs of staff and takes action to ensure that these are met.
• Undertakes other managerial tasks as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth knowledge of international human rights jurisprudence. 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. T

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 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 risktaking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in law, human rights or closely related field. 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

At least 10 years of international experience in human rights, including the work of the human rights treaty bodies, or closely related fields is required. Experience with human rights complaints mechanisms is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in oral and written English or French and working knowledge of the other is required. Knowledge of a third UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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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No Fee

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