Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Middle East and North Africa Section, Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Geneva is classified as an H duty station and a family duty station. The Human Rights Officer reports to the Chief of section.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties :
Liaises with the thematic sections and other geographic sections within FOTCD as well as other Divisions of OHCHR on key human rights issues in the region.
Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas.
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.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Education Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, or a related field.
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 (5) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, international relations, law or related area.
Experience in working on human rights issues related to the Middle East and North Africa region is required. Experience in supporting and backstopping a United Nations field presence is desirable.
Experience in researching thematic human rights issues and drafting of analytical papers, speeches and briefing notes related to human rights issues is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post advertised, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of Arabic or French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-
based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process. Special Notice Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and / or the availability of the funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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