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Carreer opportunity: 02 Human rights officers

Carreer opportunity: Human rights officer

Job Title: Human Rights Officer (2 posts), P4
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: DAKAR; YAOUNDE;
Posting Period: 16 March 2021 - 14 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-149327-R- (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

These two positions of Human Rights Officer are located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The first position is located in Dakar, West Africa Regional Office (WARO), in Senegal. The incumbent reports to the Head of the West Africa Regional Office.

The second position is located in Yaoundé, Central Africa Regional Office (CARO), in Cameroon. The incumbent reports to the Head of the Central Africa Regional Office.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: In the cover letter of your application, please indicate which of the two positions and duty station you would be interested in. Please rank them in order of preference – with *1 being the most preferred if you are interested in both positions.Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Acts as early warning and prevention team lead: develops and carries out appropriate early warning analysis, identifies preventative measures to address human rights protection needs through remote monitoring or in country missions, establishes and nurtures partnerships with relevant early warning systems in the region.
  • Acts as emergency response capacity to be rapidly deployed and to provide immediate start-up capacity in relation to human rights and humanitarian emergencies.
  • Reviews, monitors and evaluates activities relating to the implementation of international human rights instruments, including recommendations of treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council.
  • Supports the work of treaty-established bodies and extra-conventional mechanisms and special procedures.
  • Prepares relevant human rights parts of reports for the General Assembly, HRC, etc. notes on the status of ratification of human rights instruments, etc..
  • Works with UN and non-governmental programmes in the country/region to integrate human rights, including their gender dimensions in their programs; helps design and implements the human rights program and designs the organization and focus of the evaluation.
  • Ensures up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; brief representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
  • Assists partners to develop and implement a training program in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
  • Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Chief of Office, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staff, planning and budget.
  • Trains and supervises new/junior staff.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

  • Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including human rights mainstreaming and prevention in the current context of the region; approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. 
  • Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of the region. 
  • 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. 
  • Demonstrated skills in training civil authorities and members of advocacy groups to recognize warning signs of civil unrest and take preventive action to avert hostilities. 
  • Ability to relate to 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

PLANNING & 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.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS : Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or 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
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
  • Field experience with the United Nations common system in an emergency or humanitarian setting is desirable.
Work experience on risk analysis and prevention is desirable.
  • A minimum of one year of demonstrated experience of coordinating a human rights programme with a focus on information management component is desirable.
  • Experience working on a commission of inquiry, fact-finding mission or other related investigation mechanism is desirable.
  • For both positions, experience working in the West or Central Africa region is desirable.Languages
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is also desirable.Assessment
  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

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