Human Rights Officer, Mogadishu

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Employer: UNSOM
Job Title: Human Rights Officer, Mogadishu
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other
Description:
Closing date: Sunday, 17 June 2018

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P3

Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER

Department/ Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia

Duty Station: MOGADISHU

Posting Period: 4 June 2018-17 June 2018

Job Opening number: 18-HRI-UNSOM-98334-F-MOGADISHU (M)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organizational Setting and Reporting

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be reporting to the Senior Human Rights Officer of the Mission and the Chief of Human Rights and Protection Group, and will be responsible for the Geographical area of Galmudug in Somalia.

Please note that the authorized duty station is Baidoa. However, the position was relocated to Mogadishu temporarily pending establishment of UN presence in Dhusamaareb after which the incumbent will be relocated to Dhusamaareb due to operational requirements.

Responsibilities

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

  • Researches, collects, verifies, analyzes and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources;
  • Reaches out to various UN actors to collect and analyze information of relevance to human rights;
  • Advocates with relevant authorities and other influential actors to stop or prevent human rights violations; Seeks remedial action by the authorities to prevent similar violations from occurring in the future;
  • Liaises 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, supports the creation of baseline data;
  • Monitors 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;
  • Develops 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;
  • Conducts, and where necessary supervises, investigations of human rights and international humanitarian law violations;
  • Drafts, reviews as appropriate, and ensures timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications in compliance with established standards;
  • Formulates recommendations and suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area;
  • Contributes 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;
  • Represents the UN human rights programme at working-level meetings;
  • Contributes 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;
  • Works directly 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;
  • Supports 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;
  • Designs, as appropriate, delivers and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials/civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (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;
  • Provides 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 an established database in compliance with established standards;
  • Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities and for the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Integrates UN developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities;
  • Ensures 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;
  • Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora at the working level;
  • Maintains effective working relationships with other UN and non-UN actors, national authorities, donors and other stakeholders for effective policy coordination;
  • Defines the work plan for an assigned geographic area in accordance with established terms of reference;
  • Manages or supports the management of technical cooperation projects;
  • Supports more senior staff and/or team leaders in staffing, planning and budgeting as required;
  • Provides guidance and coaching to new or more junior staff;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. 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.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or in a 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 (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights field or closely related areas is required, of which at least half should be in human rights. A minimum of one (1) year of experience working in field locations is required. A minimum of one (1) year of human rights monitoring, reporting is required. Experience in conducting human rights investigations is desirable. Experience in capacity building activities for the protection and promotion of human rights is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This 'Recruit from Roster' job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.

HOW TO APPLY

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=98334#utm_source=unjobs&utm_medium=more_info

Publish date: 2018-06-10 11:51:18
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