Job Opening ID: 224338
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Human Rights Affairs
Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, P-3
Duty Station : GENEVA
Department/Office : Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Date Posted : Dec 26, 2023
Deadline : Jan 24, 2024
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Business and Human Rights Unit of the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Rights to Development Division (TESPRDD) in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. The incumbent will be working on the Responsible Business Conduct project in Latin America and the Caribbean (RBCLAC) and will report to the Chief of the Business and Human Rights Unit.
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following dutiesPlans and coordinates a regional project to promote work on business and human rights; monitors programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed as well as proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow up actions.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding of the programme/project including preparation and submission of progress reports, financial statements etc;
• Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country.
• Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.
• Provides support to sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies.
• Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme.
• Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
• Provides substantive inputs into OHCHR’s policies and statements in areas relevant to the project.
• Supervises field verification work through periodic visits; follows up on different cases and situations verified by the regional offices.
• Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
• Directs capacity-building efforts on human rights in region/country of assignment.
• Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
• May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge and exposure to issues related to business and human rights; Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. 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. 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& 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
A minimum of two years of experience in business and human rights is required.
Experience in capacity-building and implementing technical cooperation projects is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.; For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.