Human Rights Officer
UNV is the volunteer-sending arm of the UN System Agencies, Programmes and Funds, since 1970. Over 30,000 UNVolunteers, from different professional and specialist background, have served under the principles of the UN Chart, for peace and development in over 140 countries. The UNVs come from over 150 countries around the world to work in UN led programmes and projects supporting development needs, humanitarian assistance and electoral processes. Working in association with local and international NGOs and CBOs, the UN Volunteers support capacity building processes working at community level, with especial emphasis in volunteer-led or volunteer-supported development action. UNV is also the focal point of the UN System for the International Year of Volunteer (IYV-2001) and more recently was nominated by the UN General Assembly to lead the UNITeS (United Nations Information Technology Services), a Secretary General’s initiative for bridging the “digital divide”. UNV is headquartered in Bonn – Germany.
Description of task
Under the direct supervision of the Field office Team Leader and the regional coordinator, or Thematic Team leader, and overall supervision of Director of the Human Rights Division or his/her designate, the UNV Human Rights Officer will be responsible for implementing the Division’s work plans, including assisting, in conducting monitoring/ fact-finding missions, as well as reporting and advocacy activities in the area of assignment as mandated in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2514 (2020). In particular, the incumbent will:
General activity: Please note that this job description is generic and therefore, activities listed below may not be carried out by all Human rights officer.
- Contribute to and/or draft communications, briefing notes, talking points, press releases, statements, bullet points, or other products;
- Draft various internal and external reports on the human rights situation in South Sudan covering specific timeframes (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly) or themes (e.g., freedom of expression) based on submissions from colleagues based in the field and HQ. The candidate may be asked to draft reports during evening hours (i.e., daily) or weekends (i.e., weekly);
- Provide guidance to relevant colleagues to ensure submissions from field teams are in line with OHCHR methodology on human rights reporting;
- Provide and prepares legal analysis and research, and outputs, such as work unit reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, briefings, etc
- Participate in legislative reviews and drafts commentaries and other relevant documents;
- Conduct capacity building activities in areas of administration of justice and transitional justice which include advising national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops, supporting national criminal justice system organization, training of national actors and/or monitoring of the court and legal system.
- Facilitate the implementation of the human rights mandate in the designated area of conflict-related violations;
- Gather information, analyse and report on the situation of human rights in relation to the armed conflict, including through close cooperation with field teams, other United Nations actors and the community;
- Support HRD’s analysis by maintaining a proactive situational awareness of human rights and political developments for the purpose of gathering data on hotspots and early warning mapping and support in HRD’s information analysis;
- Identify incidents requiring further monitoring and/or investigation, co-ordinate with field teams regarding follow-up, and analyse the potential impact of reported incidents on the human rights situation;
- Monitor and follow up on incidents of denial of access by armed groups to locations where human rights monitoring and investigation activities are planned to take place, and coordinate with field teams and the Legal Affairs to identify possible courses of action in response;
- Assist in developing the profiles of alleged perpetrators of human rights violations in close coordination with field teams;
- Conduct fact-finding missions and investigations into abuses/violations of human rights or humanitarian law
- Establish and maintain contacts with government representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, UN agencies and other partners operating in the AOR;
- Ensure, coordinate and supervise the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conduct quality control and deliver statistics and trend reports as required;
- Undertake risk assessment in the framework of Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) and monitor implementation of mitigating measures;
- Ensure the integration of gender perspectives, with specific attention to issues related to women and girls, including conflict-related sexual violence, within all assigned human rights activities;
- Represent the UNMISS human rights office at working level meetings, as relevant;
- Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent Education – Additional Comments:
Degree level: Minimum First-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience will be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Type of Degree: Law, political science, international relations, or social science, or related discipline, with a specialization in human rights preferred.
Required experience: 24 Months Experience remark:
- Two years of work experience related to the field of human rights.
- Experience working in regional countries is desirable.
- Experience working in a developing, conflict or post-conflict setting is an advantage.
- English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
Area of expertise: Human rights Area of expertise details:
- Knowledge of international human rights instruments and tools for the promotion and protection of human rights is required.
- Willingness to work in hardship duty stations is required.
- Knowledge of international humanitarian law is desirable.
- Experience in human rights monitoring and reporting is desirable.
- Experience in research and drafting documents, such as reports, is desirable.
Driving license: Yes Competencies values:
Accountability, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism
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Application deadline: 07-12-2020