Human Rights Officer, P3

Human Rights Officer, P3

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

Bamako, Mali

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Rights and Protection Division (HRPD) of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Bamako. Bamako is classified as a "D" duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Human Rights and Protection Division.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Lead the Planning/Programming Unit of the HRPD and assist with the monitoring of the Division’s project implementation, according to the set procedures and regulations;
  • Contribute to the strategic planning processes and monitoring of compliance with the MINUSMA Result-Based Budget and OHCHR Work Plan and contribute to periodic performance reports;
  • Support programme development by conducting needs assessment and drafting human rights concept notes and project proposals;
  • Analyze, review and report on project implementation and budget spending of the Division;
  • Monitor, collect, verify and analyze information relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area;
  • Liaise with appropriate national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to monitor developments in the human rights situation and, if needed, support the creation of baseline data;
  • Monitor the legal systems and their compliance with international human rights instruments and, where appropriate, advises relevant authorities, including on the implementation of recommendations by UN human rights bodies;
  • Develop and, where appropriate, coordinates initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses, including in relation to conflict-related sexual violence;
  • Draft, reviews as appropriate, and ensures timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications in compliance with established standards;
  • Formulate recommendations and suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area;
  • Contribute to the mainstreaming of human rights in the formulation and implementation of projects and programmes of the UN peace mission and UN agencies at country and local level;
  • Represent the HRPD at working-level meetings; Contribute to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities, including in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
  • Work with other UN peace operation components/sections, including the police and military, to integrate human rights considerations into the planning and review of their programs and operations;
  • Support and coordinates human rights capacity building efforts for civil society and state authorities, including military and police, to promote the protection of human rights, including through providing technical assistance; Supports national authorities in their implementation and coordination of activities relating to the recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council;
  • Design, as appropriate, deliver and evaluate human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders; Contributes to the establishment of transitional justice dialogues or processes and advises national counterparts on accountability and compensation mechanisms, as appropriate;
  • Provide technical assistance to national authorities on the establishment of vetting mechanisms, as mandated; Ensures, and where relevant supervises, the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into the OHCHR database in compliance with established standards;
  • Contribute to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities; Integrates UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities;
  • Ensure cooperation and appropriate communication with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the establishment of policies and sharing of best practices;
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other UN and non-UN actors, national authorities, donors and other stakeholders for effective policy coordination;
  • Define the work plan for an assigned geographic area in accordance with established terms of reference;
  • Manage or supports the management of technical cooperation projects;
  • Provide guidance and coaching to new or more junior staff;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM

  • Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behavior accordingly;
  • In-depth knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence;
  • Good knowledge of institutional mandates relevant to the position, organizational policies and methodologies relating to human rights;
  • Capacity to monitor and coordinate human rights related matters with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora; Good analytical and research skills, including the ability to gather, verify, evaluate and integrate relevant political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights-related developments, from a variety of sources, to assess their impact and to provide recommendations to redress situations; Commitment to seeking new and improved methods of work for accomplishing the work of the human rights component;
  • Ability to relate and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields, including humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislation reforms and election support, and vice versa;
  • Good knowledge of planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of human rights capacity building initiatives for multiple stakeholders;
  • Basic knowledge of project management for the planning, design, monitoring, evaluation and use of resources of human rights technical cooperation projects. Capacity to serve as internal resource person, share knowledge and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike;
  • Proven understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work;
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related area. 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, political affairs, international relations, law or related area, of which at least half should be in human rights. A minimum of one year's experience working in field locations is required. Experience in planning/programming and implementing technical cooperation projects is required. Experience in capacity building activities for the protection and promotion of human rights is desirable. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization in a field-based environment is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English and French is required.

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