International Legal Jobs: Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN

International Legal Jobs: Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN

International Legal Jobs: Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

– Provides Secretariat support to human rights treaty bodies as required.
– Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country.
– Prepares draft of lists of issues, concluding observations, assessments on follow-up, works on general comments and on working methods as required.
– Participates in training activities on the work of treaty bodies.
– Prepares and participates in country visits.
– Carries out research into and drafts reports on the jurisprudence of the treaty bodies concerned and prepare legal analyses.
– Helps to ensure the consistency and the coherence of the jurisprudence of the treaty bodies and contributes to the continuous strengthening of the treaty bodies.
– Contributes to the implementation of Treaty Bodies’ communication strategy.
– Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
– Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
– Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policymaking bodies.
– May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
– Performs other related duties as required.

Education

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 two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, law or related area is required.

Experience with international human rights mechanisms is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French and knowledge of the other is required. Knowledge of Spanish is an advantage

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

 

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