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This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 74,649 USD and 97,747 USD.

Salary for a P-3 contract in Bamyan

The international rate of 74,649 USD, with an additional 0% at this the location, applies.

Salary for a P-3 contract in Jalalabad

The international rate of 74,649 USD, with an additional 0% at this the location, applies.

Salary for a P-3 contract in Mazar-i-sharif

The international rate of 74,649 USD, with an additional 0% at this the location, applies.

Salary for a P-3 contract in Herat

The international rate of 74,649 USD, with an additional 0% at this the location, applies.

Salary for a P-3 contract in Kandahar

The international rate of 74,649 USD, with an additional 0% at this the location, applies.

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Org. Setting and Reporting These positions are in the Office of the Human Rights Service of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Human Rights Officers will be based in the UNAMA Regional Offices in Bamyan, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif, all "E" hardship and a non-family duty stations, and directly supervised by the respective Human Rights Officer/Team Leader, under the guidance of the Senior Human Rights Officer in consultation with the Chief, Human Rights Service.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Human Rights Officer/Team Leader and Senior Human Rights Officer, the Human Rights Officers will be responsible for the following duties:

Support/Lead the management and implementation of the human rights work in the region of assignment in accordance with the UNAMA Human Rights Service workplan, and management of team members.

Plan, coordinate and support/lead the Human Rights Team in the monitoring and reporting of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in the region of assignment, in compliance with UN standards, including from a gender perspective, inter alia protection of civilians, including right to life and right to physical integrity; and issues related to the rights of women, children, persons deprived of their liberty, human rights defenders, media workers, and other vulnerable groups; and monitoring of the economic, social and cultural rights.

Conduct substantive research and analysis of human rights issues based on field monitoring and assesses their impact on the human rights and gender equality situation in the region of assignment.

Collect and analyse human rights data and indicators in the region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.

Ensure the integration of human rights considerations in the work and programmes of the UNAMA regional office and the UN Regional Team and humanitarian actors, where applicable.

Follow up on reported situations/incidents/cases of human rights violations and/ or abuses in the region of assignment.

Organise continuous exploratory meetings with de facto authorities, for purposes of maintaining direct engagement and contact on, and keeping abreast of, human rights situation/issues in the region of assignment and for advocacy, where appropriate.

Undertake field/road missions and when possible, organises visits to places of detention, facilities operated by the de facto police, intelligence, juvenile rehabilitation centres, and provincial prisons – for constructive engagement on issues pertaining to deprivation of liberty based on relevant standards.

Conduct human rights awareness-raising discussions with de facto authorities on the international standards, instruments and mechanisms.

Draft a variety of internal reports, communications, and briefings, as required.

Represent the UNAMA Human Rights Service at meetings and thematic events related to the UNAMA human rights mandate in the region of assignment.

Perform other related duties, as required.

Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions in a humanitarian and conflict setting. Good knowledge of international human rights law standards and international humanitarian law. Good knowledge of the human rights-based approach to human rights field work. Good knowledge of operational methods of work on: protection of civilians including the right to life and physical integrity, protection of women and child victims of human rights violations, protection of victims of torture and ill-treatment, child protection, and human rights defenders, and monitoring of economic, social and cultural rights. Good research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues, and ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. 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.

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.

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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. 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 A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights issues and relevant professional experience is required, particularly on issues of protection of civilians including right to life and physical integrity, violence against women, child protection, prohibition of torture and ill-treatment, human rights defenders, and on economic, social and cultural rights.

At least two years’ experience, in a UN peace operation outside the country of origin, in human rights monitoring, fact-finding, documentation and reporting in conflict and post-conflict settings, is required.

At least two years’ experience in leading, managing and supervising multicultural teams is required.

Experience with human rights reporting and legal drafting, human rights analysis, and case/data management and analytics is desirable.

Knowledge of the UNAMA Human Rights Mandate, and previous experience in Afghanistan, is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Pashto and Dari is desirable.

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice - This position is temporarily available until 31 October 2022. 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.

  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • 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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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