Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER/Chief of Investigations (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 03 May 2023 – 16 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-208245-J-Juba (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located within the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan based in Juba, South Sudan. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer/Chief of Investigations will be responsible for the following duties: – Manages the day-to-day operations of the Secretariat’s investigations team; – Participates in and organises missions to sites of violations or other places as required; – Serves as first reporting officer of the team of Human Rights Officers/Investigators and other experts in the Secretariat; – Develops investigations, information gathering and operational plans in accordance with standard OHCHR methodology, including on the integration of gender perspective; – Adapts methodologies and tools to collect and process all data; – Oversees, guides and conducts interviews and other evidence gathering activities; – Develops and oversees plans to ensure that all required measures are taken to protect victims and witnesses who will cooperate with the Commission and that effective referral pathways for survivors are used when possible; – Coordinates drafting of the Commission’s internal analyses and fact-finding mission findings; – Revises all team inputs and ensures highest quality standards of investigation, corroboration, analysis, conclusions and recommendations are incorporated in the final report; – Ensures the proper handling, secure storage and preservation of information and data in accordance with procedures and tools adopted by the Commission; – Incorporates gender perspective into all areas of work, in particular in the investigations plan, information gathering, analysis and reports of the Commission; – Performs any other duties.
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Knowledge of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and human rights issues, and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. 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. 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. Planning and 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.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations or another discipline related to human rights is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in human rights, international humanitarian law or international criminal law is required. At least two years of experience in investigations of international human rights law violations including with human rights investigative bodies or international tribunals is required. At least two years of experience in managing teams is desirable. Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
LanguagesFrench and English are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis position is available as soon as possible until 31 March 2024. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 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. 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. Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. 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. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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