SENIOR HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Grade: P-5, Chief and Senior Professional
Occupations: Democracy and Governance
Close on 14 May 2021
ORG. SETTING AND REPORTING
This position is located in the Country Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Niamey, Niger. The incumbent will represent the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Niger and shall report to the Chief of the Africa Branch in coordination and consultation with the Chief of the Africa Section II.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
-Represents the High Commissioner on matters of human rights in Niger.
-Manages OHCHR office in Chad and supervises all activities led by the office in Niger, including activities to implement the Internal Security Forces project (ISF).
-Leads and coordinates the work of OHCHR in -Niger to implement its mandate of monitoring, advisory services, technical cooperation, protection and promotion of human rights.
-Formulates human rights strategies, including from a gender equality perspective; develops a vision or direction for the work of the Niger Office and creates the conditions for implementing that vision or direction.
-Leads the development and implementation of key policy and programme changes to address human rights issues, including their gender dimensions;
-Builds and maintains relationships with the Niger authorities, diplomatic representations, Heads of UN agencies and other intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, to promote and protect human rights in the country and ensure that a human rights-based approach is integrated in the implementation of programmes. Advises the Government of Niger on human rights matters.
-Develops and maintains relations with officials at the highest levels of governments and advises them on human rights issues and policies.
-Advises the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team on strategies to build and strengthen national capacities and institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights.
-Exercises daily management of the office, including oversight of all administrative, logistic, financial and human resources in accordance with relevant UN Rules and Procedures.
-Proposes policy directives and plan of action to appropriate United Nations bodies for immediate and long-range solutions to human rights problems in general and specific geographical areas.
-Leads the development and implementation of key policy and programme changes to address human rights issues, including their gender dimensions.
-Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the office and participates in the overall formulation and approval of the programme of work.
-Oversees the drafting of human rights reports on key issues or developments.
-Coordinates and oversees human rights research initiatives.
-Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address and advise on highly sensitive and complex problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions; Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures; Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the region or country of assignment, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights; Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems in specific societies and systems; Ability to relate and advise on human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas; 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.
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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
JUDGEMENT / DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
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.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
At least two years of experience managing a large team (at least 10 people) is desirable.
Experience working on human rights issues in the African region is desirable.
Experience monitoring and reporting on human rights situations is desirable.
Experience in project management and coordination is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
UNITED NATIONS CONSIDERATIONS:
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-
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