The objectives of the post are to protect and promote human rights through monitoring and reporting of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law; to build the capacity of population, civil society and of authorities to uphold human rights standards to enable the implementation of recommendations of human rights mechanisms to establish collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization, to integrate human rights into mission's work at regional level to contribute to efficient planning, development, implementation and monitoring of the work unit's program to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results that ensure the best interests of the organization.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer at this level 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 coordinatingemergency 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.
When serving as Women Protection Advisor, the incumbent will devote 100% of his/her time performing the following duties:
- Supports the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820,1888 and 1960 on Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV) in close coordination with other WPAs and other mission components.
- Monitors, investigates and reports on sexual violence in conflict with respect to the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangement (MARA).
- Regularly updates the human rights case database with CRSV case information and contribute to the identification of patterns and trends through its analysis.
- Conducts investigations of violations of human rights and humanitarian law related to CRSV, and takes part Of assessments, evaluation and development of sexual violence protection plans for women, men and children. 34. Provides technical advice for civil society, national authorities, NGOs and the UN and other international actors to promote the inclusion of CSRV prevention and response in their activities. As required facilitates training and education events and undertakes capacity building activities.
- Works closely with Child Protection Advisers (in peacekeeping and political missions),
- UNICEF Child Protection Officers or other actors leading on the implementation of 1612/1882 MRM and contributes to information exchange and coordinated monitoring, verification and reporting.
- Supports the referral of survivors of sexual violence in seeking protection, redress and accountability for sexual violence and, contribute to the development and strengthening of the referral pathway as appropriate.
- Supports the work of the Human Rights component in the implementation of recommendations related to Sexual violence emanating from the human rights treaty bodies, special procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as of other UN bodies.
- 38. Supports the work of the Human Rights component in legislative and rule of law reform in line with international human rights norms related to addressing sexual violence.
- Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviors accordingly;
- In-depth knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence;
- Good knowledge of institutional mandates relevant to the position, organizational policies and methodologies relating to human rights;
- Capacity to monitor and coordinate human rights-related matters with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora;
- Good research, analytical and synthetizing skills, including the ability to gather, verify, evaluate and integrate relevant political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights-related developments, from a variety of sources, including open sources, to assess their impact and to provide recommendations to redress situations;
- Ability to seek and identify the information that is of potential relevance for a human rights analysis that is collected by various UN actors;
- Ability to produce in-depth human rights analysis drawing on all available sources of information, including open sources;
- Commitment to seeking new and improved methods of work for accomplishing the work of the human rights component;
- Ability to relate 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;
- Is committed to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of the peace operation and to mainstream gender in all activities of the human rights component;
- Good knowledge of planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of human rights capacity building initiatives for multiple stakeholders;
- Basic knowledge of project management for the planning, design, monitoring evaluation and use of resources of human rights technical cooperation projects.
- Capacity to serve as internal resource person, share knowledge and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike;
- Proven understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work.
Required Skills and Experience
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.
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 human rights monitoring, reporting is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.
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