Associate Human Rights Officer

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This is a UNV International Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Youth contracts.

This announcement broadcasts international assignment with the Right to Development Section (RTDS), located within the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch (DESIB), part of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures, and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD). The RTDS is responsible for coordinating and implementing OHCHR's programme and mandate with regard to the right to development (RTD) and climate change. It is also responsible for the GA and HRC mandates on international cooperation including mutually beneficial cooperation, contribution of development to human rights, and good governance.

This UNV assignment is offered in the context of a diversity programme bringing qualified candidates from the developing economies to work in OHCHR Geneva. Candidates from developing economies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa are encouraged to apply. The expected period of this assignment is 15 June to 15 December 2022. Please, note that this UN University Volunteer assignment is limited to a maximum duration of 6 months; and due to the current travel restrictions and global UN Secretariat COVID-19 administrative guidelines. Interested candidates should kindly bear this in mind when applying. Applicants will have to meet the age-related requirements for UN University Volunteers, i.e. 18-26 years during the entire duration of the assignment. The entitlements can be reviewed in

Under the direct supervision of Chief of Section, the International Youth Volunteer will: • Contribute to thematic reports or studies, including research of related literature, interna-tional law and jurisprudence and in particular, the UN Volunteer may: • Assist in the preparation of official missions, in particular through the drafting of country-specific human rights assessments and other preparatory documentation; • Collect information and conduct research for the preparation of briefing notes, statements and other documents; • Take notes of meetings with different stakeholders, in particular civil society representa-tives; Attend sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and assisting with the prepara-tion of related activities and events; • Assist in the organization of sessions of the Inter-governmental Working Group on the Right to Development, the Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development and other mechanisms; • Assist in the organization of meetings and seminars; and • Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.

The volunteer will undertake short-time assignments in other entities of OHCHR based on in-terest and availability in order to get a fuller understanding of the Organization’s work. The volunteer will be mentored by the Policy Officer, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evalua-tion Service, and the Human Resources Management Service.

  1. Results/Expected Outputs: • Quality reports in specific areas and themes, according to OHCHR standards; • Human rights events, courses, seminars, and workshops organized successfully and ac-cording to UN standards and procedures; • Report on volunteer activities, events with UNV programme; • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment; • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities partici-pated in, and capacities developed.

• Integrity and professionalism • Accountability • Commitment to continuous learning • Planning and organizing • Teamwork and respect for diversity • Communication • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes soli-darity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for this assignment though any relevant academic and/or practical experience, in particular in the areas of human rights and/or development, would be an advantage. Demonstrated interest and/or experience in human rights and/or development would be highly regarded.

Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demon-strated keen interest in the work of the United Nations with a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, and have the demonstrated ability to successfully interact with indi-viduals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs - which includes willingness to under-stand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.

The UN Volunteer will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, there are no direct threats to UN personnel or assets within the country. It is the incumbent’s responsibility to comply with immigration, customs and health requirements while entering/exiting the country. The incumbent is responsible for finding and securing their own accommodation. Geneva is a cosmopolitan metropolis with modern amenities, cultural attractions, public transportation restaurants, and nightlife.

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