Human Rights Officer - United Nations, Chile, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Human Rights Officer
Duty Station:SANTIAGO
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58569
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
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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
This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for South America based in Santiago. Santiago is classified as an A hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Human Rights.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. The mandate includes preventing human rights violations, securing respect for all human rights, promoting international cooperation to protect human rights, coordinating related activities throughout the United Nations, and strengthening and streamlining the United Nations system in the field of human rights. In addition to its mandated responsibilities, the Office leads efforts to integrate a human rights approach within all work carried out by United Nations agencies. For more information visit
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative of the OHCHR Regional Office for South America based in Santiago, and under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, North America, Central Asia and National Institutions Branch of OHCHR, the Human Rights Officer will support the work of the Regional Representative in performing the following responsibilities and tasks:

a) Ensure the necessary coordination and fulfillment of Office objectives, activities and outputs, with all involved parties, with the optimal use of resources designated to the Office according to the Project Document, in conformity with the objectives set out by OHCHR, supervising that all aspects of the operative and logistical management of the Office are carried out through transparent processes, in accordance with OHCHR administrative rules, and recommending the best use of human and financial resources in accordance with the established strategies and priorities, in order to ensure the highest impact of the Office's activities in accordance to OHCHR's objectives and the human rights situation in the region; 

b) Represent the Office in the absence of the Regional Representative and maintain regular contact with OHCHR Headquarters, other sectors of the UN, special procedures mandate-holders, international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters, brief representatives and provide as appropriate suggestions and recommendations, and provide support to the work of special rapporteurs, OHCHR staff and other UN officials when visiting countries of the region, including the preparation and conducting of field missions; 

c) Prepare Office reports and correspondence, ensuring regular communications with Headquarters and the submission of requisite reports in accordance with OHCHR's requirements, including any relevant inputs to reports for the General Assembly, Human Rights Council, etc. requested by headquarters, as well as responding to any requests for information relating to the human rights situation/issues in the countries/region concerned, systematically collecting and analysing all information regarding the human rights situation in one or several countries, making recommendations for action, undertake early warning by developing protection gaps; 

d) Assist governments in identifying and specifying their needs for advisory services and technical cooperation, participate in the implementation of technical cooperation programmes, coordinate the preparation of the respective country project reports and supervise their implementation; 

e) Assist the relevant UN country teams (UNCT) and partners in mainstreaming human rights, including in the context of the Action 2 Global Programme, in all aspects of their work and programmes, including through participation in thematic working groups within the UNCT and contributing to the drafting of CCA/UNDAF in close liaison with the relevant OHCHR Branches; 

f) Liaise with National Human Rights Institutions, national and international NGOs and the media on issues relating to human rights, including building their awareness and capacity to protect and promote human rights in the country concerned as well as raising an awareness of human rights educational and information activities; 

g) Support for leading the Office's actions, in all aspects relating to the administration of the Office, including the acquisitions, contracting of services, recruitment of national staff, Office expenditures, and elaborate/adjust the Office budget, allocations, expenditure reports and contribute to the elaboration of the Strategic Management Plan in close cooperation with Headquarters; 

h) Ensure the integration of universally recognized human rights, and the gender dimension, in all the activities to be carried out by the Office and maintain an awareness of the human rights educational and information activities in the geographical area concerned, as well as plan, deliver and evaluate human rights training courses, seminars, workshops and presentations on assigned topics/activities; 

i) Perform other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex problems; very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights; Comprehensive knowledge and experience of the South American region, including its human rights and political situation, as well its culture, history and traditions; demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems in specific societies and systems; good political judgment and advocacy skills and the ability to understand and respond to sensitive and complex political and social events; ability to relate human rights issues and perspectives, including gender issues, 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. 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: 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.

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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent degree) in human rights, public or international law, political science, international relations or other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible at national and international levels in the human rights field, including in human rights mainstreaming and project management is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish 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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