HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Regional Office for South-East Asia located in Bangkok. Bangkok is classified as "H" duty station and is a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the OHCHR Regional Representative in Bangkok.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Serves as early warning and prevention team lead within the OHCHR Regional Office. Acts as focal point on risk analysis, emergency response and humanitarian action.

• Develops and carries out appropriate risk and early warning analysis and identifies preventative measures to address human rights protection needs through remote monitoring or in country missions.

• Reviews, monitors and evaluates activities relating to the implementation of international human rights instruments, including recommendations of treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council (HRC).

• Researches, collects and analyses information and documentation pertaining to emerging human rights concerns. In coordination with the IMO, finalises products to present analysis in visually compelling and easily digestible formats.

• Guides and oversees the development of analytical human rights information products to support OHCHR’s work on early warning/prevention and humanitarian action

• Prepares relevant human rights parts of reports for the General Assembly, HRC, etc. notes on the status of ratification of human rights instruments, etc.

• Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Regional Representative for South-East Asia office, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staff, planning and budget on the subject matters of responsibility.

• Acts as emergency response capacity to rapidly deploy in relation to human rights and humanitarian emergencies. Available to be deployed at very short notice to provide immediate start-up capacity for OHCHR. Acts to ensures human rights is properly integrated into the humanitarian response. In general, shall remain deployed for a short period until more durable response capacity can be deployed.

• Works with UN and non -governmental partners in the country/region to integrate human rights, including their gender dimensions in their programme; helps integrate human rights in humanitarian preparedness, analysis, planning and response and designs the organization and focus of the evaluation.

• Ensure up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and makes recommendations on actions to take.

• Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; brief representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.

• Assists and builds capacity and awareness of national (including governments and NHRIs) and international partners on the protection of human rights in humanitarian emergencies.

• Trains and supervises new/junior staff.

• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including, human rightsmainstreaming in the current context of the Asia Pacific region; approaches and techniques to identify and address gaps with respect to human rights protection and promotion; ability to assess and address needs for technical assistance and capacity building in the area of human rights mainstreaming for regional and national partners; Supports the integration of human rights into humanitarian responses and UN development plans and processes. Knowledge of and exposure to institutional mandates and the work of UN human rights mechanisms; Knowledge of the Asia region; Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the country, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to 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; 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 ORGANISING : 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or other related disciplines. 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 years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, humanitarian affairs and emergency preparedness, political affairs, law or related area, of which a minimum of three years on human rights in humanitarian action is required.
Field experience in an emergency setting is required.
A minimum of 1 year of demonstrated experience of coordinating a human rights programme of work with an important information management component is required.
Experience within the UN common system is desirable.
Experience working on a commission of inquiry, fact-finding mission or other related investigation mechanism is desirable.
Experience working in South-East Asia is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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, 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 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.

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No Fee

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