Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the OHCHR/Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) within the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The Human Rights Officer will be based in Kinshasa under the direct supervision of the Director of the JHRO.
The incumbent will act as the Coordinator of National Reporting and Investigation Unit. Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Director of the Human Rights Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Plans, coordinates and leads multidisciplinary teams in the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in compliance with UN standards;
- Coordinates the monitoring of and evaluates the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and advises where appropriate, relevant authorities including on the implementation of UN recommendations;
- Formulates recommendations and suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area, including for peace processes;
- Works directly with other components of the UN peace operation, including the police and military, to integrate human rights considerations into the planning and review of their programs and operations, including through developing procedures and policies, as appropriate;
- Plans, designs, implements and evaluates strategies for the mainstreaming of human rights in the activities of the UN peace mission and the UNCT and advocates for the integration of human rights in these programmes;
- Contributes to advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, inducting State officials, the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), UN and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) senior management on strategies to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations;
- Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
- Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora in the area of responsibility as appropriate;
- Analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources;
- Coordinates, supervises and conducts human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area; Establishes as needed, baseline data for the appropriate monitoring of the human rights situation in the mission area;
- Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
- Promotes the effective flow of information and channels human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in UN crisis management and response;
- Trains, coaches and supervises new and junior staff, manages their performance, and assists in training needs assessments;
- Designs, delivers, coordinates and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, armed groups, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders;
- Works with national authorities and civil society for the establishment of transitional justice processes and the establishment of accountability and compensation mechanisms, as appropriate;
- Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports as required;
- Ensures the integration of UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting, protection and investigation Activities;
- Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of main human rights issues in the region and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions; Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights; Analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on human rights. 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; 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. 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.
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.
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.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in human rights, law, political science, international relations, social sciences or 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.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights or closely related field, of which at least half in the area of human rights;
- At least on year of experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting, outside the country of origin;
- Experience in a field operation;
- At least on year of experience in human rights monitoring and reporting;
- At least on year of experience in leading and conducting human rights investigations or fact-finding missions;
- Experience in human rights protection work, including through engaging with armed groups for the protection of civilians.
- One year of experience in a managerial capacity and Experience in leading a team of 5/6 is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience in monitoring or mainstreaming sexual and gender –based violence is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.
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