Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER (TJO), P3 (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Duty Station: GENEVA Posting Period: 10 May 2022 – 16 May 2022 Job Opening Number: 22-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-180954-J-Geneva (X) Staffing Exercise N/A United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)



Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER (TJO), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 10 May 2022 – 16 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-180954-J-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in the Special Procedures Branch in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Unit Coordinator of Justice, Protection and Social Rights Unit and the Chief of the Special Procedures Branch.

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

• Assists the mandate-holder (Special Rapporteur/Independent Expert) in undertaking country visits, including preparation of the visit, drafting of country visits reports and follow up to the implementation of the recommendations.
• Provides support to the mandate-holder in preparing thematic seminars and consultation, and drafting of the annual reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly, and related oral presentations, if applicable.
• Plans and coordinates activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective.
• Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation.
• Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.
• Provides support to sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies.
• Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme.
• Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
• Supervises field verification work through periodic visits; follows up on different cases and situations verified by the regional offices.
• Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
• Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
• May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. 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.

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.

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.

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, 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 five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.

Out of the five (5) years, a minimum of two (2) years of work experience with the UN human rights mechanisms is desirable.

Experience in economic, social and cultural rights, and in particular in the right to health is desirable.

Experience in human rights monitoring, and/or investigating is desirable.

Experience in drafting reports, including official reports is desirable.

Experience organizing visits, events, seminars or conferences for various stakeholders in the field is desirable.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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