Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: MITROVICA (KOSOVO)
Posting Period: 02 May 2023 – 15 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Human Rights Affairs-UNMIK-208151-F-Mitrovica (Kosovo) (M)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in Mitrovica. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Human Rights Office, who is based in Pristina.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Formulates recommendations and suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area;
- Works directly with other components of the UN peace operation to integrate human rights considerations into the planning and review of their programs and operations, including through developing procedures and policies, as appropriate;
- Plans, designs, implements and evaluates strategies for the mainstreaming of human rights in the activities of the UN peace mission and the UN Kosovo Team and advocates for the integration of human rights in these programmes;
- Establishes and maintains contact with local authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to inform on the human rights situation in the mission area and advises on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights in the mission area;
- Contributes, under the guidance of the head of the Human Rights component, to the design, implementation and monitoring of human rights-related programmatic activities in the mission area;
- Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
- Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora as appropriate;
- Promotes coordination among all human rights-related mandates present in the mission area;
- Analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources;
- Assists in the development, coordination and implementation of the human rights work plan; Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of its progress and suggests adjustments as needed;
- In consultation with the Head of the Human Rights component, coordinates the team work and administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budgeting in mission area;
- Trains, coaches and supervises new and junior staff, manages their performance, and assists in training needs assessments; and
- Performs other related duties as required. Human Rights Monitoring, Reporting and Field Coordination:
- Coordinates, supervises and conducts human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area; Establishes as needed, baseline data for the appropriate monitoring of the human rights situation in the mission area;
- Coordinates the monitoring of and evaluates the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and advises where appropriate, relevant authorities including on the implementation of UN recommendations;
- Develops and coordinates initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses, including with respect to sexual violence in conflict;
- Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
- Ensures the integration of UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting, protection and investigation activities.
CompetenciesPROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Knowledge of issues related to human rights work in post-conflict contexts. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; Analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned region/State. 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. 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 & 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.
EducationAn advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) 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.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights or closely related field, of which at least half in human rights, are required; A minimum of three years of experience in project management, including result-based management is desirable; A minimum of three years of experience working in the field, including in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable; A minimum of two years of experience in supervising a team is required; A minimum of two years of human rights monitoring and reporting is required.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
AssessmentPreviously rostered candidates are not subject to any further formal assessment. Short-listed candidates may be invited for informal conversation.
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