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HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary

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Geneva, Switzerland
Legal, English, French

Job Description:

This position is located in the Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division of the Office of the (COMPANY NAME) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section (METS).


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

* Advises Commissions of Inquiry and other investigative bodies on human rights investigation methodology, including setting up or refining information gathering, analysis and recording methodology and tools; ensure updating of available guidance based on needs and evolving practices; integrate lessons learned and good practices from Commission of Inquiry and other experience. * Trains staff of Commissions of Inquiry and other actors and develops and manages learning and training programmes on human rights investigation, including through partnerships with experts / institutions; facilitates training needs assessments, exchanges of experience and good practices and ensures effective knowledge management in this field. * Reviews and maintains knowledge on investigation practices by Commissions of Inquiry and other investigative bodies; provides advice to States, regional organizations and actors as required. * Develops policies, methodology approaches, tools and guidance for human rights monitoring, fact-finding, investigations, analysis and reporting on violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. * Strengthens methodological tools, training and guidance on investigations in situations where there is no access to countries/territories/areas, including with regard to verification, the use of social media and the application of information and communication technology. * Performs such other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues; Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights and their implementation at the field level; good knowledge of a range of conceptual and operational issues related to the design and conduct of human rights investigations, analysis and reporting by OHCHR and Commissions of Inquiry; good knowledge of information management practices and challenges; very good ability to design and deliver training on human rights investigations and to develop conceptual frameworks and methodological and policy tools, carry out research and studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems; strong analytical skills. 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. Provides leadership and 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 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. 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in human rights, law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. 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 seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in human rights or related field is required, including at the international level.
Experience in the area of human rights monitoring, research, analysis and reporting methodologies and their application in different contexts, is also required.
Work experience on human rights at the field level is required.
Experience in the area of policy, methodology or other guidance development is desirable.
Experience on information management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official (COMPANY NAME) language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice


* If the selected candidate is a staff member from the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. * While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. * Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station. * This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15. * Staff members of the (COMPANY NAME) common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. * Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

(COMPANY NAME) Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), 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 (COMPANY NAME) if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term "sexual harassment" means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator's working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) including the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), 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


Source: Company website
Posted on: 26 Mar 2020
Job duration: 0 months
Languages: English, French
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