Human Rights Officer (Two positions) - United Nations, Tunisia, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Human Rights Officer (Two positions)
Duty Station:TUNIS
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57841
Staffing ExerciseSE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)

Assessment Period
Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a general abilities test, which they will be informed of by email and/or on the "My upcoming test schedule" page in Inspira. The general abilities test will be given during the period of 30 June-1 July. Candidates will be given a 48-hour testing window during which they need to complete the test in the prescribed time in order to remain under consideration. 

Following the evaluation of an applicants' performance on the general abilities test, all passing candidates will be screened for suitability for the position they applied for. Those applicants who are deemed eligible through the Inspira eligibility screening and the general test, as well as suitable through the suitability screening, will be invited to complete a substantive test, which will be given during the weeks of 11 July – 3 August. Applicants will need to check the "My upcoming test schedule"page prior and during this period to find the 48-hour testing windows for all substantive tests they are invited to take. They will further be receiving email notifications shortly before the testing windows open. If an applicant did not pass the general test and suitability screening, no subsequent tests will be announced on the “My upcoming test schedule page”. 

All applicants are encouraged to check the exact testing windows for the general and the substantive tests in Inspira on the “My upcoming test schedule page” as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal ( after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.

Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.
Self-Assessment Questionnaire
Is a career at the United Nations right for you? Take the voluntary self-assessment questionnaire and get valuable insight into the working environment of the United Nations as well as the Political, Peace and Humanitarian Network (POLNET). This questionnaire is anonymous and has no impact on your potential candidacy for this position. Upon completion, you will receive feedback to help you decide if working in the United Nations is right for you.
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Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located in the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division at the headquarters of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in Tunis. Tunis is classified as a A hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Senior Human Rights Officer.

UNSMIL’s mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2238 (2015) of 10 September 2015 includes, as an immediate priority, support to the Libyan political process, as well as the undertaking of: (a) human rights monitoring and reporting; (b) support to key Libyan institutions; and (c) coordination of international assistance.
Within limits of delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties: 
•Works directly with other components of the UN peace operation, including the political and security sector components, to integrate human rights considerations into the planning and review of their programs and operations.
•Contributes to advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, inducting State officials, the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), UN 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.
•Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies.
•Deputizes for the team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Head of the Human Rights component, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budgeting.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Human Rights Monitoring, Reporting and Field Coordination:
•Coordinates, supervises and conducts human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area. Establishes as needed baseline data for the appropriate monitoring of the human rights situation in the mission area.
•Coordinates the monitoring of and evaluates the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and advises, where appropriate, relevant authorities including on the implementation of UN recommendations.
•Plans, coordinates and leads multidisciplinary teams in the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in compliance with UN standards.
•Develops and coordinates initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses, including with respect to sexual violence in conflict.
•Contributes, and where required, coordinates the implementation of the Human Rights Due-Diligence Policy on UN support to non UN forces including by coordinating risk assessments and ensuring relevant human rights monitoring
•information is gathered, as well as advises on support and follow-up for the implementation of the Policy.
•Contributes to the integration of human rights in the mission's protection of civilians (PoC) efforts and, where relevant, coordinates such efforts including by, inter-alia, mapping and reporting protection risks, early warning, and advising
•UN personnel on human rights issues during the conduct of their operations.
•Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports.
•Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports as required.
•Ensures the integration of UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting, protection and investigation activities.

Transitional Justice:
•Contributes to the development and implementation of transitional justice strategies, working 
•Ensures compliance of national efforts with UN-developed methodologies and best practices in the areas of transitional justice and rule of law for post-conflict countries.

Capacity Building and Technical Cooperation:
•Designs, coordinates, delivers and evaluates capacity building efforts, including those supporting institution-building and institutional reforms, for alignment with international human rights norms and to meet international human rights law obligations.

Humanitarian response:
•Chairs, coordinates or participates in the working groups established within the Protection Cluster as relevant and takes part of discussions with other clusters leads to ensure human rights integration.
•Identifies protection gaps and strengthens the existing protection response strategy by ensuring synergies within the mission, the members of the Protection Cluster and other clusters as well as with other relevant fora.
Professionalism: Knowledge of gathering, evaluating and integrating information from a variety of sources and devising the types of interventions needed to address human rights concerns. Knowledge of relevant human rights standards 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 organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Ability to train authorities and civil society organizations in investigating, reporting and advocacy. Ability to relate human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. acts without consideration of personal gain. resists undue political pressure in decision-making. does not abuse power or authority. stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. treats all people with dignity and respect. treats men and women equally. shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making. examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses. does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Teamwork: Ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relations both as a team member and team leader in a multi-national and multi-cultural environment. 

Communication: Excellent communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills, ability to present and defend difficult positions to senior officials, to persuade people with varying points of view, and to present information in a concise and accurate manner.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, or other human rights related fields. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights or closely related field, of which at least half in the area of human rights are required. Experience of human rights monitoring and reporting, including conducting human rights investigations, is required. Experience on human rights advocacy and/or on the design and management of capacity building programmes is required.

One year of experience in a managerial capacity and supervising a team is highly desirable. Experience in contributing to transitional justice related activities is highly desirable. Human rights training experience is desirable. Experience with child protection and/or sexual gender based violence, including conflict related sexual violence is desirable. Experience in human rights protection work, including through engaging with military and police for the protection of civilians, is desirable. Experience in inter-agency humanitarian coordination and/or humanitarian response and/or in the management of technical cooperation projects is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.
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