Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau
Duty Station: BISSAU
Posting Period: 30 May 2018 - 12 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-UNIOGBIS-98336-F-Bissau (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Human Rights Officer P-4 will be posted in Bissau and reports to the Chief, Human Rights Section. Bissau is a ‘E’ family duty station. The United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, UNIOGBIS, was established by the UN Security Council in its resolution 1876 (2009).

The UNIOGBIS Human Rights Section supports the Government of Guinea-Bissau in implementing its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, and preventing and addressing violations. The Section focuses on: monitoring, reporting and accountability for human rights violations; protection issues; administration of justice, including transitional justice; and partnership with civil society and national institutions. The Human Rights Section monitors and reports publicly and to the Security Council on violations of international human rights law and on abuses and violations committed throughout the country, and to prevent such violations and abuses, reports on violations and abuses committed against children and women, including all forms of sexual violence; assists Guinea-Bissau authorities in the effort to protect and promote human rights; manages a human rights database; designs, implements and delivers, in close consultation with human rights organizations and other relevant partners, a mission-wide protection strategy. For more information on the mission's background and mandate visit


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Coordinates, supervises and conducts human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights law in the mission area;

• Coordinates the monitoring of, and evaluates the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and policies, and advises, where appropriate, relevant stakeholders;

•Contributes, and where required, coordinates the implementation of the Human Rights Due-Diligence Policy on UN support to non UN forces including by coordinating risk assessments and ensuring relevant human rights monitoring information is gathered, as well as advises on support and follow-up for the implementation of the Policy;

• Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including public human rights reports;

• Formulates recommendations and suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area, including for peace processes, devises and delivers training to strengthen the capacity of national institutions and non-governmental organizations;

• Assists national authorities in their coordination and evaluation of activities relating to the implementation and follow-up of recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council;

• Ensures the integration of UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting, protection and investigation activities;

• Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports as required;

• Establishes, as needed, baseline data for the appropriate monitoring of the human rights situation in the mission area;

• Devises advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, including government officials, and the UN Country Team (UNCT), on strategies to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations;

• Serves as focal point for various Outcome Groups established under Partnership Framework between Guinea-Bissau and the United Nations (UNPAF 2016-2020), and assists, and when required, coordinates the meetings of the UNPAF Working Group on Human Rights;

• Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to inform on the human rights situation in the mission area and advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights;

• Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other UN and non-UN actors, national authorities, donors and other stakeholders for effective policy coordination;

• Assists in the development, coordination and implementation of the human rights work plan and cost plan; evaluates and assists in the evaluation of its progress and suggests adjustments as needed;

• Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;

• Trains, coaches and supervises new and junior staff, manages their performance, and provides back-stopping to the Capacity Building and Technical Cooperation team, as may be required;

•Serves as Officer-in-Charge of the Human Rights component, in the absence of the Chief, Human Rights Section and assist the Chief of the component in operational and management matters, as may be required by delegation;


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; Analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on human rights. Knowledge and application in transitional justice mechanisms. 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.

INTEGRITY: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

RESPECT OF DIVERSITY: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

PLANNING AND 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, political science, international relations, social sciences or a 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights field, including in the cause and resolution of human rights conflicts in accordance with international standards, is required. Human rights monitoring and reporting experience is required. A minimum of one year’s experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience conducting human rights investigations is desirable. Experience in transitional justice mechanisms is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.


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

Previously rostered candidates who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

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United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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