Senior Human Rights Officer - Coordinator

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Application deadline 3 days ago: Tuesday 19 Jan 2021


This is a P-5 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 10 years of experience, depending on education. More about P-5 contracts and their salaries.

Org. Setting and Reporting This temporary position is located in the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD) in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Addis Ababa. The incumbent will serve as the Coordinator for the secretariat of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen and reports to the Coordinator of the Investigations Support Unit, ERS, in coordination with the chief of MENA section.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Senior Human Rights Officer/ Coordinator will:

- Supervise the development of investigation plans, methodology and tools to collect and process all data; - Provide advice and supports the Eminent Experts on legal, substantive, operational and administrative procedures and ensures their implementation; - Manage the overall work of the Secretariat of the GEE, including by facilitating constructive internal work-flows, information sharing, accountability and performance management; - Facilitate the communication between the Eminent Experts and OHCHR as required, and regularly liaises with the OHCHR geographic section; - Ensure that the Secretariat carries out its tasks in accordance with agreed strategic objectives and standard fact-finding methodology, including gender perspectives; - Coordinate the investigating and reporting tasks of the Secretariat staff members; - Oversee the development of plans to ensure that all required measures are taken to protect victims and witnesses who will cooperate with the GEE and that effective referrals pathways for survivors are used when possible; - Accompany the Eminent Experts in their missions to the UN Human Rights Council, and field missions to Yemen and neighbouring countries as required; - Act as the main interlocutor on operational and substantive matters with duty bearers, member states, UN agencies, media and other stakeholders; - Ensure the integration of gender perspective, including in the investigation plan, interviewing of victims, evidence gathering, analysis and report writing; - Take ultimate responsibility for the quality and timely delivery of the GEE's reports; - Liaise with the security coordinator/UNDSS on aspects related to the security requirements and informs accordingly the Eminent Experts and staff of the Secretariat; - Manage the budget and finances of the Secretariat and responsible for regular operational, financial and administrative reporting to OHCHR and/or other UN entities as required; - Perform other duties as required.

Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of human rights-and international criminal law related matters. Solid understanding of gender dimension in human rights investigations; solid knowledge in witness/victim protection and data protection; solid experience in international criminal or human rights investigations. Proven ability to adapt to extreme hardship; trained in security matters and communication procedures. Ability to identify issues and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. 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; and 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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related is required. At least five years of experience in managing teams is required. A minimum five years of experience in human rights or international criminal investigations, including international humanitarian law violations is required. Experience working in or on the Middle East and North Africa region is desirable. Experience in Fact-Finding Missions/Commissions of Inquiry or an International criminal court is desirable. Experience in drafting public human rights reports is desirable. Experience working in or on Yemen is desirable.

Languages French and English are the working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic 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 30 September 2021, and is subject to availability of funding and/or extension of the mandate. 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.

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