Senior Human Rights Officer, Mogadishu

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Employer: UNSOM
Job Title: Senior Human Rights Officer, Mogadishu
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other
Closing date: Monday, 18 June 2018



Department/ Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia

Duty Station: MOGADISHU

Posting Period: 4 June 2018-18 June 2018

Job Opening number: 18-HRI-UNSOM-97874-F-MOGADISHU (M)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Organizational Setting and Reporting

Under the direct supervision of the Principal Human Rights Officer, and with the substantive support and general policy guidance of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the incumbent will act as Deputy Chief of the Human Rights component,for the following main functions as relevant to the mandate of the UN mission.


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

  • Advises on appropriate policies and strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area, including for peace processes;
  • Develops procedures and policies for the effective cooperation with other components of the UN peace mission, including with the police and military, and for the integration of human rights;
  • Provides strategic guidance to the UN peace mission, the United Nations Country Team and Humanitarian Country Team on the mainstreaming of human rights in the activities of as required and advocate for the integration of human rights in these programmes including with respect to the United Nations Development Assistance and Integrated Strategic frameworks as well as the Consolidated (Humanitarian) Appeal processes;
  • Advises senior management and contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action through participating or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities, including the work of the Protection Cluster as appropriate;
  • Devises advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities including Government and State officials, UN Country Team (UNCT), and the UN mission senior management on strategies to better protect and promote human rights, mechanisms to stop impunity and to redress serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law;
  • Ensures cooperation and appropriate communication with OHCHR in the sharing of information and best practices and in the creation of policies;
  • Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora;
  • Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
  • Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, civil society, UN actors and bodies, and other relevant partners, to inform on the human rights situation in the mission area and advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights;
  • Promotes coordination among all human rights related mandates present in the mission area;
  • 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;
  • Ensures the effective flow of information and channels human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in crisis management and response;
  • Coordinates the implementation of and where relevant designs the human rights work plan and evaluates its impact;
  • Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Chief of the Human Rights component, work coordination and administrative functions relating to staffing, planning and budgeting;
  • Coordinates, supervises and ensure adequate Human Rights component's conduct of human rights monitoring activities in compliance with UN methodology and relevant to the observance of the international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area;
  • Provides strategic guidance to civil society and authorities on building the protection mechanisms for victims and witnesses of human rights and humanitarian law violations;
  • Oversees the use and maintenance of a database of human rights cases, monitors access rights at the regional field level, evaluates quality of data in compliance with established standards;
  • Coordinates the drafting of and reviews a variety of reports, including internal reports, public human rights reports, and regular inputs to Secretary General reports on the mission and priority thematic issues including under the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements, ensuring quality and conformity of standards;
  • Provides substantive coordination and management oversight as required to the Human Rights component's field offices, ensuring a link between field operations, strategic direction and results targeted by the Human Rights component, including a results-based work-plan;
  • Ensures information on the human rights situation in the mission area is readily available to influence decisions, strategy and policy-making;
  • Contributes, and where required, coordinates the implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on UN support to non-UN forces, including by coordinating risk assessments and ensuring relevant human rights monitoring information is gathered, as well as advises on support and follow up for the implementation of the Policy;
  • Contributes to the integration of human rights in the mission's protection of civilian's efforts and where relevant, coordinates such efforts, including by inter alia, mapping and reporting protection risks, early warning;
  • Oversees the coordination of activities and allocation of resources and expertise within the component to support the work of Women Protection Advisors and the engagement of the Human Rights component impunity for sexual violence as appropriate;
  • Provides technical expertise and strategic guidance to the human rights component, the UN mission and national authorities on the establishment of transitional justice processes-and accountability and reparations mechanisms, as appropriate;
  • Advises national authorities on national legislation relative to transitional justice processes;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with national authorities, civil society (human rights and victim organizations, and organizations with a focus on transitional justice), and other partners in order to develop and strengthen transitional justice mechanisms and the implementation of transitional justice processes;
  • Ensures compliance with national efforts with UN-developed methodologies and best practices in the areas of transitional justice and rule of law for post-conflict countries;
  • Leads the coordination of mission and UNCT actions in support of transitional justice mechanisms and processes;
  • Advises UN and national authorities on the establishment of a vetting framework and implementation mechanisms in the mission area, as required;
  • Ensures the integration of gender-sensitive victim perspectives in the design and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms and processes, as well as relevant advocacy strategies and capacity building initiatives;
  • Oversees the planning of human rights training and educational programmes for national officials, representatives of civil society, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs), National Human Rights Institutions and other national stakeholders, and ensures they are in line with gaps assessed through human rights monitoring and mission priorities;
  • Coordinates with other UN mission components, UN actors and other regional and international organisations to create opportunities to integrate human rights into their training programmes, including those aiming at legislative, rule of law and security sector reforms;
  • Oversees the coordination of and ensures the appropriate management of technical cooperation projects and funds; participates in fund-raising activities, as necessary and ensures compliance with project-based reporting to donors.
  • Monitors and ensures reporting on compliance of the human rights component's capacity building activities with appropriate UN policy directives and methodology;Oversees the planning and delivery of human rights training programmes for staff and personnel of the UN mission;
  • Devises training needs assessments and training strategies for new or-junior human rights staff and monitors their implementation.


  • Professionalism: Proven sensitivity to conflict and post-conflict political and social environments and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly. Expert knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and of related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative, rule of law reforms, sexual violence in conflict and gender, as well as good understanding of issues related to the integration of human rights in UN peace missions. Capacity to maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization(s), and to strategically advocate for the integration of human rights in various fora. Ability to produce in-depth analysis of political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights related problems to assess their impact and to provide concrete strategy recommendations to redress situations. Capacity to lead the continual improvement of human rights related work processes and ability to apply best management practices to obtain optimum performance of the human rights component. Capacity to relate to 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. Proven understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work. Ability to identify appropriate means of communication to channel relevant human rights information for crisis management and response. Capacity to integrate a gender perspective in all aspects of work. Continuous commitment to sharing professional knowledge and to mentor colleagues. 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.
  • 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 the 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.

Managerial Competencies:

  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • Empowering Others:Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; Encourages others to set challenging goals; Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; Genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise; Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; Involves others when making decisions that affect them.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent), preferably in law, social/political science, international relations or another disciplines related to human rights. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights is required. Experience in Protection of Civilians monitoring, reporting and investigating violations in a conflict environment, including conflict-related sexual violence, is required. This experience should encompass at least three years in a senior managerial capacity, the supervision and training of teams, and experience in public reporting under the relevant procedures. A minimum of three years' human rights experience in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organisation or non-governmental organisation required. Experience acquired in a multidimensional crisis environment is required. Experience on human rights advocacy, capacity building programmes and transitional justice is required. Experience in the management of projects is required. Desirable: Experience working in inter-agency humanitarian coordination or humanitarian response is desirable. Prior experience coordinating multisectoral response to human rights protection concerns incuding through engaging with military and police for the protection of civilians is desirable. Experience with child protection issues is desirable. Familiarity with the HRDDP is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


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.

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