This position is located within the Human Rights Division (HRD) of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. The Principal Human Rights Officer will report directly to the Director of the HRD and Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This position is temporary and available for a duration of six (6) months.
Within delegated authority and under the direction and overall guidance of the Director of the Human Rights Division and Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Principal Human Rights Officer will serve as Deputy Director of the Human Rights Division and be responsible for the following duties:
• Assists the Director of the Human Rights Division in identifying priority areas for the work of the HRD and in developing the office workplan addressing those priority areas and overseeing its implementation;
• Designs policies and activities of the HRD aimed at addressing human rights issues of concern;
• Formulates approaches and strategies to address other human rights issues of concern, including ensuring that gender equality perspectives are appropriately addressed;
• Serves as a deputy for the Director of the HRD and, in her or his absence, including represents her or him in high level meetings with a range of interlocutors, advising the SRSG and other senior officials of the Mission about mandates, human rights areas of concern, and ways and means of addressing human rights issues;
• Maintains close cooperation and ensures the flow of information regarding human rights issues within the HRD, within the Mission, to the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), and to OHCHR HQ in Geneva and New York;
• Assists the Director HRD in overseeing the day-to-day management of the human rights field offices at the regional level;
• Assists the Director HRD in formulating and managing the programme of work, budget and other administrative matters concerning the HRD and its staff;
• Monitors the implementation of the Work Plans of the Division and field offices;
• Supervises the work of the Rapid Investigation Team (RIT) and its composition related to temporary HROs;
Oversees the preparation and submission of human rights thematic, regular and ad hoc reports, code cables as well as preparing inputs on human rights issues for other reports required by the Mission or OHCHR;
• Develops and maintains relations with a range of national interlocutors, including senior Government officials, national institutions, civil society organisations and their representatives and advises them on human rights issues and policies and ways of addressing gaps in the respect and protection of human rights in South Sudan;
• Contributes to the evaluation of the performance of the HRD personnel;
• Performs other related duties as required by the Director of the HRD.
PROFESSIONALISM: Proven sensitivity to conflict and post-conflict political and social environments and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; Comprehensive knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and of related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative, rule of law reforms and conflict-related sexual violence; Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, guidelines and methodologies related to UN peace operations and to human rights work, including the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, as well as good understanding of issues related to the integration of human rights in UN peace missions; Capacity to maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization(s), and to strategically advocate for the integration of human rights in various fora; Sound political judgment, as well as diplomacy, impartiality, and discretion. Ability to produce in depth analysis of political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights related problems to assess their impact and to provide concrete strategy recommendations to redress situations; Capacity to lead the continual improvement of human rights related work processes and ability to apply best management practices to obtain optimum performance of the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division; Understanding of the relevance of information collected by various UN actors for human rights analysis; Sound knowledge of the political background and human rights situation in the country or region; Proven representational, negotiation and managerial skills; Understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work; Ability to work and act under pressure in a politically and psychologically difficult environment, with a minimum of comfort and in precarious security conditions; Commitment 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, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
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.
JUDGEMENT/ DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in 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.
At least 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the protection and promotion of human rights and related areas including monitoring, collection of information, reporting and advocacy on human rights violations is required.
Experience in working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes)-or similar international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting would be desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available for six (6) months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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