Human Rights Officer
Application deadline 5 days ago: Tuesday 13 Apr 2021
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Bamako. Bamako is classified as a "D" duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent will serve at the Human Rights and Protection Division and will report to the Team Leader of the Investigation Unit.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties: •Plans, coordinates and leads multidisciplinary teams in the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in compliance with UN standards; •Devises advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, including government officials, the UN Country Team (UNCT) on strategies to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations in the mission area; - Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, armed groups, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to inform on the human rights situation in the mission area and advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights; •Support a human-rights based approach in the design and implementation of MINUSMA's preventive diplomacy, good offices, national dialogue, mediation initiatives, and other matters as appropriate. - Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports; - Contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities including in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate; - Works directly with other components of the UN peace operation, including the police and military, to integrate human rights considerations into the planning and review of their programs and operations, including through developing procedures and policies, as appropriate; - Designs, delivers, coordinates and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, armed groups, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders; - Works with national authorities and civil society for the establishment of transitional justice processes and the establishment of accountability and compensation mechanisms, as appropriate; - Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports as required; - Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies; - Assists in the coordination and implementation of the human rights work plan; evaluates or assists in the evaluation of its progress and suggests adjustments as needed; - Performs other related duties as required.
Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of main human rights issues in the region and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions; knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies 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. 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 decisionmaking; 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.
PLANNING AND 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.
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.
Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights or closely related field is required Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting, outside the country of origin required. Experience in human rights monitoring and reporting is required. Experience in conducting human rights investigations or fact-finding missions Is required Experience in managing victim and witness’s protection projects is highly desirable Experience in the implementation of Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) is desirable
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in both English and French is required.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.
Special Notice - This position is temporarily available up to 30 June 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
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Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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