HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
UNITED NATIONS ASSISTANCE MISSION IN SOMALIA
UNITED NATIONS CORE VALUES: INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO SOMALI NATIONALS ONLY AND DOES NOT HAVE INTERNATIONAL BENEFITS
FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 31 JANUARY 2019
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 02 JANUARY 2019
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
SECTIONS UNIT: HUMAN RIGHTS AND PROTECTION GROUP
DURATION OF CONTRACT: ONE (1) YEAR FIXED TERM
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: UNSOM/HRPG /039/2018/SM
This position is funded for an initial period of one year, extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. Appointment against this position is on a local basis. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.
Interested applicants who are working with UN Contractors must fulfil the obligations of their contracts with the UN Contractors in order to be eligible to apply for this vacancy
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships:
This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The incumbent will be based in Baidoa and report to the Team Leader in Baidoa (Human Rights) or Senior Human Rights Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Supports the design of strategies and liaises with government authorities to better promote compliance with Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) and international obligations, through support on risk assessments, monitoring, analysis and reporting on implementation, including in relation to conflict- related sexual violence and children in armed conflict.
- Supports national authorities in their coordination and evaluation of activities relating to the implementation and follow-up of recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council.
- Supports the design of and coordinates and implements capacity building efforts with international and local actors, including those supporting institution-building and institutional reforms, for alignment with international human rights norms and to meet international human rights law obligations.
- Supports the design of and delivers, coordinates and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs), National Human Rights Institutions and other national stakeholders.
- Contributes to advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, including government officials, the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) senior management, on strategies to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations.
- Establishes and maintains contact with national 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 advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights.
- Contributes to Protection of Civilians (PoC) efforts in assessments, mapping and reporting risks, early warning to both prevent and address violations by security forces and increase the capacity of regional governments to develop their own accountability and protection.
- Performs any other duties assigned.
Professionalism: 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.
Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International relations, social sciences, or in a related area. A first – level university degree in combination with three years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights field or closely related areas is required, of which at least half should be in Human Rights. A minimum of one (1) year of Human Rights monitoring, reporting is required.
The following may be desirables: Experience in conducting Human Rights investigations. Experience in capacity building activities for the protection and promotion of Human Rights. Experience implementing technical cooperation projects. Human Rights training experience. Experience in Human Rights protection work. Previous experience acquired in humanitarian response. Experience with child protection and/ or sexual gender based violence. Previous experience in a United Nations common system field operation.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written), is required; knowledge of other United Nations languages is desirable.
Assessment Method: Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Candidates who are not selected, but whose performance in the interview process nevertheless demonstrated them to be suitable for a similar function may be kept on a roster for up to seven years. Candidates placed on the roster may be considered for selection against future vacancies for the same function and level.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates may submit their applications including their United Nations Personal History form (P.11) to the address mentioned below on or before the deadline. The P.11 is on the https://unsos.unmissions.org/jobs. Applications submitted after the deadline 31 January 2019 will not be accepted. CVS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Please quote, Vacancy Announcement Number and Functional Title in the subject of the e-mail
Kindly attach a copy of P11, Degree/ or Certificate, Passport and or National Identification Card.
Please note Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) certificates are required at a later stage of the recruitment process.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).