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.

The Human Rights Treaties Branch of OHCHR services the treaty bodies, the organs in charge of monitoring the implementation of the international human rights treaties. The post is located in the Branch’s Capacity Building Programme, which provides support to States and other stakeholders in their engagement with the treaty bodies, from the ratification of human rights treaties to the implementation of the recommendations from the treaty bodies. The Programme does so by organizing trainings, facilitating exchanging of experiences, producing training materials and publications on the treaties, and developing tools. The Programme also manages the Special Fund of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture which supports the implementation of the recommendations of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture following a country visit.

This UNV assignment is offered in the context of a pilot programme bringing qualified candidates from the developing economies to volunteer with OHCHR. Candidates from developing economies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa are encouraged to apply.

The expected starting date of this assignment is as soon as possible, for a period of six (9) months. Please, note that this UN Youth Volunteer assignment is limited to a maximum duration of 9 months.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for this position if it relates directly to their studies, expertise and/or skills. You can explain why you are a suitable candidate for this OHCHR assignment while applying.

Applicants will have to meet the age-related requirements for Youth UNVs, i.e. 18-26 years.

UN Youth Volunteer assignments are always without family.

Under the direct supervision of Nosy Ramamonjisoa, Coordinator, Capacity Building Programme, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Digital tools: Universal Human Rights Index, the National Recommendations and Tracking Database and Rights View o Works with the project manager to support the further development of UHRI and NRTD; o Supports the maintenance of the content of the Index up-to-date, including by reviewing entries from the concluding observations and recommendations of treaty bodies; o Assists with the integration of conclusions and recommendations of Special Procedures in the UHRI; o Participates in workshops for the rolling-out of NRTD, especially in Spanish-speaking countries; o Supports the RightsView team for the further refinement of pages developed on States’ engagement with treaty bodies and the human rights mechanisms in general.

• Campaign for the ratification of the human rights treaties and optional protocol as part of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights o Supports the project manager with the mapping exercise for the prioritization of advocacy efforts, especially in relation to relevant UPR recommendations accepted by States; o Works with the communications consultant with the development of promotional materials on the treaties and optional protocols; o Assists in the preparation of ratification-related events;

• Special Fund of the Optional Protocol on the Convention against Torture o Assists with the review of grant applications from Spanish-speaking countries, bearing in mind the recommendations of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture; o Assists with the presentation of projects to the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs • Functionalities in NRTD and content of UHRI have been enhanced; • Grant applications from Spanish-speaking countries to the OPCAT Special Fund are reviewed in time; • Promotional materials for the Human Rights 75 ratification campaign are developed; • 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 participated in and capacities developed.

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

Demonstrate interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in human rights and digital tools.

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.

UN Volunteer entitlements and allowances: The purpose of the allowances and entitlements paid to UN Volunteers is to enable UN Volunteers to sustain a secure standard of living at the duty stations in line with United Nations standards without incurring personal costs. The allowances are in no way to be understood as compensation, reward, or salary in exchange for the UN Volunteer’s service. Contingent on specific eligibility criteria, location of the volunteer assignment and contractual type and category, the payment of allowances will begin from the date of Commencement of Service For more information on entitlements please read the Condition of Service ( For information specific to your assignment please see below:

Monthly Living Allowance (Per month): USD 2433.52 Entry lump sum (one-time payment): USD 4000 Exit allowance (for each month served, paid on completion of contract): $225 Medical and life insurance: Cigna Private Insurance

Leave entitlements: Annual leave: 2.5 days accrued per calendar month Certified sick leave: 30 days Uncertified sick leave: 7 days Learning leave: 10 working days per consecutive 12 months Maternity Leave: 16 weeks Paternity Leave: 10 days

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