Associate Human Rights Officer Kadugli – UNITAMS
|Department/Office:||United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan|
|Posting Title:||Associate Human Rights Officer|
|Posting Period:||20/01/2021 – 03/02/2021|
|Job Opening Number:||UNITAMS-JO-Kadugli-2021-14|
Important note: UNITAMS will only accept properly completed and signed Personal History Form (P.11) received before closing date. Please submit your application on the attached P.11 ONLY. Other UN P. 11 formats, incomplete P.11, CV and Resume will not be accepted, nor will late submissions after closing date.
The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible.
Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected. 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. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
This position is locally recruited open for Sudanese nationals only.
UNITAMS will not provide accommodation to locally recruited staff.
UNITAMS is equal employer for men and women. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.
The position is based in Kadugli and is located in the Kadugli Regional Office. The incumbent will report to the Human Rights Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Researches, collects, verifies, analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information, including from open sources, of relevance to human rights in the designated mission area;
- Participates in discussions with relevant authorities and other influential actors with a view to stop or prevent human rights violations, seek remedial action by the authorities and prevent similar violations from occurring in the future;
- Assists in liaising with appropriate local and national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to monitor developments in the human rights situation;
- Monitors the national legal systems for accountability and their compliance with international human rights instruments, as well as the implementation of recommendations by UN human rights bodies;
- Supports in the development of initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses;
- Participates in the investigations of human rights and international humanitarian law violations;
- Drafts variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications relating to human rights matters in compliance with established standards;
- Contributes to the formulation of meaningful recommendations and strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area;
- Contributes to the mainstreaming of human rights in the formulation and implementation of the UN peace mission and UN agency activities at country and local levels;
- Supports the integration of human rights in humanitarian action through participating in emergency preparedness and response activities, including in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
- Works directly with other UNITAMS components to integrate human rights considerations in their respective activities;
- Supports human rights capacity building efforts for civil society and state authorities, including for aligning legislative and rule of law reforms with international human rights norms and for the State to meet international human rights law obligations;
- Supports national authorities in their implementation of recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council;
- Participates in the design, delivery and evaluation of human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders in order to build national capacities;
- Ensures the timely entry of accurate and verified cases of human rights violations into a database in compliance with established standards;
- Contributes to the Integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities and to the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
- Integrates UN developed methodology in the human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities;
- Perform other related duties as required
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or in 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 Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights or a closely related field is required.
Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms is required. Previous experience in human rights monitoring and reporting and/or in building capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights is required.
Experience in remote monitoring and analyzing large amounts of information, including from open sources is desirable.
Experience providing services in the field of Human Rights to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of additional local languages is desirable.
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; Sound knowledge of fundamental human rights principles and international mechanisms system; Basic knowledge of institutional mandates related to the position and of UN human rights methodologies; Capacity to monitor human rights-related matters and to propose possible means for their resolution, including assisting in advocacy efforts; Ability to identify information relevant to human rights, synthesise significant amounts of information and to produce human rights analysis drawing on all available sources of information, including open sources; Understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work; Ability to identify new and better approaches to work processes and to incorporate them in daily work; Ability to understand the relevance of other fields, such as protection of civilians, humanitarian action, development, DDR, rule of law, legislative reforms and election support, to human rights issues and activities; Shows pride in work and 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.
Communication: 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment followed by a competency-based interview.
- Applicants must accurately complete, sign and date the attached United Nations Personal History form (P.11) ONLY and forward the duly completed signed P.11 by e-mail to: [email protected]
- Applicants should COPY UNITAMS-JO-Kadugli-2021-14 – Associate Human Rights Officer in the SUBJECT line of the email when submitting their signed P.11 form. UNITAMS will not consider any applications which are not received directly in the VA mail box. Other UN P.11 formats and incomplete P.11 will not be accepted.
- Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding.
- The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the P.11 form.
- Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.
Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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