International Consultant (Human Rights Specialist) At International Organization for Migration

Reference No: CFCV/MZ10/2023/027

Position title : International Consultant (Human Rights Specialist)

Duty Station : Maputo, Mozambique

Organization Unit : Community Resilience Peacebuilding (CRP)

Classification : Consultancy, Category A

Type of appointment : Consultancy Contract, 6 months with possibility of extension.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency is a dynamic and growing inter-governmental organization, with 172 member states. IOM is committed to the principle that “humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society”. Established in 1951 and now active in over 440 field locations worldwide, IOM works with partners, government, and civil society to promote international cooperation to address operational challenges of migration and mobility, assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. IOM addresses the migratory phenomenon from an integral and holistic perspective, including links to development, in order to maximize its benefits and minimize its negative effects.

IOM is implementing a project to strengthen the responsiveness of Mozambique in human rights promotion and protection area by supporting the capacity of the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR)to investigate and respond to allegations of human rights violations, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

The International Consultant (Human Right Specialist) will support the implementation of this project under the direct supervision of the CRP Programme Manager. The position will require sound knowledge of fundamental human rights principles, national, regional, and international mechanisms system and capacity to monitor human rights-related matters and to propose possible means for their resolution, including assisting in advocacy efforts.


  1. Provide technical support and guidance to NCHR on human rights investigations in Cabo Delgado, support on advocacy efforts and mentor national counterparts at the county level on taking ownership to promote and protect human rights.
  2. Provide technical support and guidance to NCHR commissioners and technical staff on methodologies for human rights monitoring and case documentation, including the development of procedures for field missions, follow-up actions, and report writing.
  3. Based on identified needs and in close coordination with appropriate partners including the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR), UN agencies, Government, and civil society, deliver trainings and awareness raising activities to build understanding of human rights, empower interlocutors, and improve respect for human rights in practice.
  4. Support the NCHR on reporting on human rights issues and trends, including annual reports, activity reports and thematic reports, based on consistent human rights-based approaches, including a gender perspective.
  5. Support the NCHR with the elaboration and submission of reports to regional and international human rights mechanisms and provide support to draft guidelines for investigating cases of Human Rights violations.
  6. Support the NCHR with support in strengthening internal mechanisms for managing, following up and address cases of Human Rights violations.
  7. Support the NCHR in the effective implementation of the communication strategy and visibility in candlelight cases of Human Rights violations.
  8. Provide strategic advice to the NCHR on implementing key enablers to improve compliance with the Paris Principles, as identified in the 2020 Capacity Assessment and other Strategic Documents, including the NCHR Strategic Plan.
  9. Facilitating the NCHR’s strategic dialogue in regional and global HR forums, including NANHRI, GANHRI and CADHDP.
  10. Continually assess the social, political, and legal context, and through extensive contacts with a wide range of interlocutors, identify critical human rights issues and liaises with relevant partners to enhance reporting and advocacy for human rights in Cabo Delgado.
  11. Develop close and professional working relationship with county stakeholders in order to advocate for better protection of human rights, correct current violations and strengthen compliance with human rights standards to empower government and civil society actors to take responsibility in ending violence against women and girls and other forms of violence.
  12. As required, provide NCHR with information to support the elaboration of reports on human rights violations and abuses in Cabo Delgado.
  13. As required, provide NCHR with support on providing updates and reporting on progress against the NCHR Strategy plan. Provide support to present achievements as well as challenges, gaps and needs to relevant national and international stakeholders.
  14. Undertake travel and perform any other duties as may be assigned.


  • Master’s degree in social sciences, Sociology, Gender studies, Law, Development Studies, or International Relations, with 5 years of experience, or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, Sociology, Gender studies, Law, Development Studies, or International Relations, with 7 years of experience


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in development and human rights.
  • Relevant working experience in Human Rights, judicial work, work as legal adviser of state institutions or as lawyer in private practice.
  • Knowledge of the national and international human rights system and institutions.
  • Work experience and knowledge of human rights and development issues in Africa.
  • Proven ability to interact with a range of governmental, bilateral, and multilateral agencies, good interpersonal skills, and organizational proficiency.
  • Previous working experience in an international organization and familiarity with the IOM/UN common system or similar systems is an advantage.


  • Good communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely including activity reports.
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and gender sensitivity.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility, and drive for results.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team with colleagues from various cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in Office applications, including Word and Excel and internet explorer.


  • At least one (1) training delivered to the NCHR on human rights investigations and advocacy.
  • Communication strategy of NCHR is strengthen and visibility is improved.
  • Meeting notes/ updates from regular meetings with NCHR, and appropriate partners including the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR), UN agencies, Government, and civil society.
  • Updates on human rights and political context in Mozambique, with particular focus on Cabo Delgado.
  • Facilitation of NCHR’s strategic dialogue in regional and global HR forums, including NANHRI, GANHRI and CADHDP.


Fluency in English and Portuguese both oral and written is a must.


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

VALUES – All IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • Integrity and transparency: Maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent, and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected, and fairly treated.

CORE COMPETENCIES – Behavioural indicators

  • Teamwork: Develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: Produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner. Is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge, and innovate.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring, and motivational way.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications in ENGLISH, with:

  1. Cover letter clearly specify suitability and availability date.
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae, including skype user ID, phone number, historical salary and minimum three referees (preferably former direct supervisors).

Please submit your application by email to [email protected] , indicating your name and the reference code above [Name, CFCV/MZ10/2023/027 – International Consultant (Human Rights Specialist)] as subject. The deadline for applications is 24 April 2023.

Only applicant who meets the above qualification will be considered.

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training, or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

July 2024