Human Rights and Disability Specialist

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

The UN Volunteer will be assigned to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD), Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch (DESIB), Human Rights and Disability Unit, in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Human Rights and Disability Unit Coordinator (HRDU).

The UN Volunteer will work on different projects and initiatives led by the HRDU, including the implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy, the UN Human Rights Disability Rights Strategy and the Community 2030 Strategy looking at ensuring access to support and care in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The UNV will be interacting with the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ILO, UNICEF, WHO, the Latin American Development Bank, the International Disability Alliance and its membership, and the International Disability and Development Consortium and its membership, among others. These organizations are partners of Community 2030, an strategy that aims at ensuring human rights in the support and care agenda. The UNV, through this process, will get familiarized with the structure of the UN system, will learn how to articulate with the system to deliver better for persons with disabilities’ human rights in the context of the support and care agenda. The UNV will be exposed to a diversity of tasks, integrating corporate and substantive aspects of the organization.

The UNV will be located in the Human Rights and Disability Unit, under the direct supervision of its Coordinator, the Human Rights and Disability Adviser. HRDU is the lead on disability rights in the OHCHR, it gives strategic direction to OHCHR, supports the Human Rights Council regarding this human rights issue, collaborates with sister UN entities, and engages operations and substantive bodies in OHCHR. It also works closely with mandate holders and treaty bodies to advance programmatic implementation of human rights of persons with disabilities. HRDU sits in one of the three divisions of OHCHR, TESPRDD, mainly in charge of developing the substantive work of OHCHR. It coordinates with FOTCD to support field presences and works closely with CTMD to ensure the Unit’s alignment with human rights standards developed by treaty bodies. HRDU works closely with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Under the direct supervision of the Human Rights and Disability Adviser, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support the Unit Coordinator in reviewing and reporting activities related to the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy. • Plan and coordinate activities related to thematic and country mandates on hu-man rights and disability. • Coordinate activities and meetings with stakeholder groups, including UN Agen-cies, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, service providers, etc. • Conducts research of human rights and disability issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation. • Collects and analyses human rights and disability data and indicators globally, including gender-specific data and indicators. • Provides support to inter-agency and inter-governmental processes. • Assists governments to develop and implement disability policies and training programs in the field of human rights and disability, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives. • Represents UN human rights and disability programme at working level meet-ings. • Supports capacity-building efforts on human rights and disability. • Participates in the drafting of a variety reports, communications, briefings, state-ments, etc., including to policy-making bodies. • Performs other related duties as required.

Results/Expected Outputs: • Draft report on the implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy. • Partnership development with a specific focus on HRDU’s issues and thematic activities for the years of 2022 and 2023, including community inclusion and provision of support and care services. • Finalized donor reports following internal guidelines highlighting the progress of assigned project. • Contributions to HRDU’s documents and reports. • 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 development during the as-signment, 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, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards OHCHR’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

human rights, political affairs, international relations, law, public policy or related area is required.

Experience in disability and human rights is required. Experience in disability policy development is desirable. Experience working on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is desirable.

Computer skills: Basic knowledge and competency in the Microsoft Office suite.

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 3013.7 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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