Human Rights Reporting Officer
Application deadline 4 months ago: Thursday 21 Jul 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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.
• Contribution to an improvement in the overall human rights situation; • Substantive reports that enable high level engagements and advocacy on human rights issues produced; • Cases of alleged human rights violations and abuses are investigated and documented; • Fact-finding missions are carried out and reports drafted; • Support is provided as necessary to thematic units especially in the area of reporting and information analysis; • Supervisor is kept abreast of the human rights situation and well advised;
Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Reporting Unit and the overall supervision of the Director of MINUSMA Human Rights and Protection Division, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Draft, review, and edit daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on the human rights situation as well as thematic and investigation reports in compliance with established standards • Contribute to the drafting of the SG and HC reports in the Mission area • Ensure timely review of information provided by field teams, thematic units, and other components or entities • Contribute to regular briefing notes, background notes, talking points, and other materials for the Human Rights and Protection Division’s meetings with the Mission leadership and other actors • Design, provide inputs and deliver briefing notes for visiting delegations, as appropriate • Liaise with OHCHR Geneva and New York on reporting issues • Conduct human rights monitoring activities and investigations in compliance with UN methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the Mission area; • Analyze and synthesize significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources • Contribute to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations in all activities, programs and strategies; • Contribute to the integration of human rights in the Mission's protection of civilians (PoC) efforts and, where relevant, coordinate such efforts including by, inter-alia, mapping and reporting protection risks and issuing early warning whenever necessary • Analyse the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and advise, where appropriate, relevant authorities including on the implementation of UN recommendations • Regularly maintain databases and archival systems
• Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented. • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations. • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities. • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
human rights. Knowledge of international mechanisms to seek redress for Human Rights violations is an asset. Experience in drafting various documents, including reports on human rights issues, and in research will be an asset.
Mali, including Bamako, is a non-family duty station with a difficult security and working envi-ronment. Living conditions are however acceptable in Bamako, but security instructions need to be strictly complied with. Adequate housing is available for rent at US$ 500-1500 per month. The national currency is the Franc CFA (March 2022 exchange rate was US$1 = 585FCFA). Visa credit cards are accepted in some hotels. Mali is a country prone to malaria, so mosquito nets are highly recommended. Basic medicines are available from pharmacies, but provision needs to be made for specialized medication.
Security recommendations from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) must be followed by all UN Staff in the course of their assignments in Mali. Appropriate measures are in place to mitigate the current security risk for UN personnel in the country. All UN Volunteers, like all UN personnel, undergo a security briefing and the 3 days mandatory training “Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments” (SSAFE) upon arrival, where practical guidance and recommendations are provided regarding security threats in Mali. An additional security briefing is provided upon arrival to the final duty station.
Like all UN personnel, UN Volunteers based in Mopti and Menaka are accommodated in UN premises. UN provided accommodation in Mali is compliant with wellbeing standards, i.e. female/male bathrooms. A welfare committee is also active in all duty stations to ensure enough access to welfare commodities, including food supplies.
Emergency contacts (security, medical, staff counselling, UNV Office) are made available for all UN Volunteers upon arrival, and each individual is provided with a VHF radio and a call sign, which can be used at all times.
For the sake of rewarding experience, UN Volunteers in MINUSMA carry out their duties with flexibility, commitment and a willingness to live and work in challenging conditions including heat and limited water and electricity supply.