Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties :
Regularly produces human rights risk analysis for preventive action and ensures timely inclusion in inter-agency early warning mechanisms, especially the United Nations Operations and Crises Centre (UNOCC), the Regional Monthly Review Process and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee IASC Early Warning, Early Action and Readiness monthly horizon scanning.
Manages the Risk Analysis & Prevention Unit, oversees the use and development of early warning tools, elaborates policy options in support of Geographic teams.
Works closely with colleagues in HQ and the field, especially the Emergency Response Teams in Regional Offices.
Reviews, monitors and evaluates activities relating to the implementation of international human rights instruments, including recommendations of treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council as a prevention tool.
Supports and mainstreams the work on prevention of treaty-established bodies and extra- conventional mechanisms and special procedures.
Prepares relevant human rights parts of reports for the UNOCC, IASC Early Warning Early Action Analyst Group, etc.
Works with UN and non-governmental programmes to integrate human rights, including their gender dimensions in their programs;
helps design and implements the human rights program and designs the organization and focus of the evaluation.
Ensures up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and makes recommendations on preventive actions to take.
Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters;
brief representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
Meets regularly with project staff and managers, as well as partner, to fund raise for and plan projects and review project activities.
Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Chief of the Section, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staff, planning and budget.
Trains and supervises new / junior staff.
Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues especially risk analysis and prevention approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions.
Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the region or country of assignment, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights.
Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems in specific societies and systems.
Demonstrated skills in training civil authorities and members of advocacy groups to recognize warning signs of civil unrest and take preventive action to avert hostilities.
Ability to relate to human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas.
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.
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.
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.
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 two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
Out of the seven (7) years, at least two (2) years of experience managing a team is desirable.
Field experience in the context of human rights, humanitarian or peace mission is desirable.
Experience in early warning risk analysis and prevention is desirable.
Experience working on inter-agency processes is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required;
knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.