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- Human Rights Officer, P3, Guatemala

Human Rights Officer, P3

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


Posting Period: 07 August 2017 - 20 September 2017

Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-81938-R-Guatemala City (X)

Staffing Exercise SE7(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Assessment Period


Screened-in applicants will be invited by email to take the Standard Pre-selection Test (SPT); please ensure that your primary email address in Inspira is correct as this will be used for the invitation. No communications will be sent to your secondary email address.
Information on the SPT will also be available on your "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira. The SPT will take place between 10:00 a.m. on 14th October to 9:59 a.m. on 16th October 2017 (EST, New York time). Applicants must complete the test during this 48-hour testing window in order to remain under consideration.

All applicants should regularly check the United Nations HR Portal at or their "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira for any updates/changes after the closing of this job opening, particularly during the week before the scheduled testing dates.

Please note that applicants who apply as rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and accordingly, will not be invited to participate in the SPT or any other assessments (including any written exam, interview, etc.) throughout the selection process. For more information about the assessment process, please visit the United Nations HR Portal.

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Special Notice
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.

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

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Americas Section, in the Americas, Europe and Central Asia Branch of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Divisionin the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Guatemala City. Guatemala City is classified as a "B" hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Representative.

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Support the Representative Office on the human rights based approach and gender mainstreaming perspective in the overall strategic plan.
• Advise and report on the consistency on National Institutions, policies, programme and norms with international human rights standards.
• Work with State institutions and NGOS to promote sustained and balanced support for the work in the field of human rights related issues providing support on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights policies.
• Develop legal analysis on the level of compliance of the state with human rights obligations.
• Undertake fact-finding field missions and reporting .
• Coordinate with United Nations agencies by giving advise and lending support as requires, especially within the framework of rights based planning and programming initiatives, including the United Nations Developmemnt Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
• Write a variety of reports, official correspondence, briefings, statements and communications;
• Represent the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in meetings with representatives from such institutions as well as with the international community and other United Nations bodies, program and specialized agencies;
• Provide support to national authorities, the parliaments, the judiciary and other relevant institutions in the country on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights policies, including in the area of economic, social and cultural rights and indigenous peoples' rights;
• Performs other related duties as required.

Professionalism: Good knowledge of a range of human rights issues, , to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Good 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; Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned country. Knowledge of the Central American region; Knowledge of the human rights based approach, UN human rights instruments and procedures. 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. Provides leadership and 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 behaviour.

Respect for 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.

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.

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, human rights, political science or international relations, or other related disciplines. 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
Required experience:
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights.
- Experience ensuring gender mainstreaming and applying a human rights based approach.
- Experience in human rights monitoring, analysis, advocacy and reporting.
- Human rights related field experience in a transitional, developmental, conflict or post-conflict setting.

Desired experience:
- Experience working in an international organization, NGO, or similar organization.
- Experience supporting national authorities, the parliaments, the judiciary or other relevant institutions on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights policies.
- Experience working on human rights related issues on the Central American region.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post advertised, fluency in Spanish and English is required.

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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Job posted on 8 September 2017.

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