Job Vacancies Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR)
Position Human Rights Officer , P4
Department/ Office Ohchr
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Saturday, 18 February 2012
Job Opening number 11-HRI-OHCHR-22182-R-NEW YORK (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in OHCHR New York Office. The Human Rights Officer will report to the Chief of the Section on Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Section and through him/her to the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, New York.
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Follows, supports and reports on the activities and meetings of intergovernmental bodies at the United Nations in New York, in particular as regards peace and security issues.
Ensures an up to date flow of information regarding developments in the UN Security Council and other fora on peace and security issues, and makes recommendations on actions to be taken.
Works with partners throughout the UN system, other parts of the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, to integrate human rights into discussions related to peace and security.
Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Assistant Secretary-General, the High Commissioner and other senior officials as required.
Maintains contacts with Government and NGO representatives, briefs them and provides, as appropriate, suggestions and recommendations.
Helps design and implements the Office’s Work Plan and monitor its implementation.
Supports the Chief of Section in relation to coordination and administrative functions, including planning, personnel and budget.
Trains, guides and supervises new/junior staff.
Performs other related duties as required.
Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights bodies, prevailing policies and procedures, and good knowledge of intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly and Security Council. Ability to evaluate information and assess its impact in a highly political environment. 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; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspective s and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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; is able to speak convincingly on difficult issues to potentially non-receptive audiences; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science , international relations , social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights at the international level. Experience of working with intergovernmental bodies at the international or regional level is highly desirable. Experience of working in the field is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Competency based interview and/or other assessment method.
United Nations Considerations
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