This position is located in the Office of the Victim’s Rights Advocate. The incumbent reports to the Victims’ Rights Advocate/Assistant Secretary-General.
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Coordinate closely with appropriate governmental institutions, civil society and national legal and human rights organizations in both host countries and the countries of alleged perpetrators to build networks of support.
Liaise closely with appropriate national and state institutions, as well as civil society to ensure that the full effect of local laws, including remedies for victims are brought to bear.
Liaise with departments and offices across the United Nations system, on policy in place, to ensure that every victim receives appropriate personal care, follow-up on progress of actions on his/her submission/complaint.
Carry out follow-up on complaints filed to ensure that reliable, gender-sensitivity pathways exist for rapid assistance to victim or witnesses.
Meets regularly with the peacekeeping team including UN staff, national officials as well as military and police officers to review activities related to the assistance provided to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Monitor the development of training programmes for civilians, military and police, in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
Works with UN and non-governmental programmes relevant to the Office of the Victims’ Rights Advocate 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 relevant to the mandate of the office and makes recommendations on 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.
Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Victim’s Rights Advocate, 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 including 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.
Planning & 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
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law, social sciences or related field is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.