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- Human Rights Officer (two posts), P3, Geneva

Human Rights Officer (two posts), P3

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 07 August 2017 - 20 September 2017

Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-82941-R-Geneva (R)
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 Special Procedures Branch in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Rights to Development Division in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. Geneva is classified as a "H" hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Unit Coordinator and the Chief of the Special Procedures Branch.

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

• Monitoring the situation regarding the situation of human rights issues worldwide relevant to the assigned mandate(s) through research and analysis of incoming information from governments, IGOs, UN agencies, funds and programs, as well as NGOs and individuals;
• Assisting the mandate-holder (Special Rapporteur/Independent Expert) in fact-finding missions, including preparation of the mission, drafting of mission reports and follow up to the implementation of the recommendations;
• Providing support to the mandate-holder in drafting of the annual reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly, if applicable;
• Follow up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making organs and preparing a work-plan which is coherent with the Branch work-plan and the responsibilities assigned,
• Preparing correspondence for the mandate-holder with governments, IGOs, UN agencies, funds and programs, as well as NGOs and individuals;
• Drafting of oral presentations for the annual reports, as well as other presentations and other articles on the mandate;
• Preparing thematic seminars and consultations to seek expert views on themes of relevance to the assigned mandate;
• Providing substantive inputs into OHCHR’s policies and statements in areas relevant to the mandate;
• Liaising with OHCHR thematic and geographic desk officers and with other human rights conventional and extra-conventional mechanism;
• Liaising with representatives of governments, IGOs, UN agencies, funds and programs, as well as NGOs and individuals in connection with the mandate and representing OHCHR at working level meetings with those partners;
• Undertaking research relating to the mandate;
• Overseeing the provision of administrative support to the mandate holder;
• Providing guidance to new/junior staff; and
• Performs any other related duties, as required.

Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems; Knowledge of and exposure to institutional mandate, policies and guidelines; Knowledge of issues related to economic, social and cultural rights and of how macro-economic, financial and tax policies impact on the enjoyment of all human rights and development ; sound knowledge of problems, i.e. political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc having a negative impact on the enjoyment of all human rights; Analytical and research skills; sound judgement and negotiating skills. 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.

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.

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 work experience in human rights.
- A minimum of one year of work experience with the UN human rights programmes and mechanisms.

Desired experience:
- Experience in human rights monitoring, reporting and/or investigating.
- Experience in legal analysis and drafting of official reports.
- Experience organizing visits, events, seminars or conferences for various stakeholders in the field.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English and knowledge of French is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

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.

No Fee

Job posted on 8 September 2017.

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