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

Posting Title:Human Rights Officer
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58321
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 Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. Geneva is classified as a H hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Rule of Law and Democracy section.

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, promoting respect for human rights, promoting international cooperation to protect human rights, coordinating related activities throughout the United Nations, as well as 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 supervision of the Rule of Law and Democracy Section, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following functions; 
•Provide legal research and analysis in the assigned areas of responsibility (human rights in the administration of justice, including, inter alia, issues regarding access to justice, abolition of the death penalty, use of force by law enforcement officials, human rights and drug control policies)), and provide legal briefs and practices impacting international human rights obligations. 
•Design and develop programmes related to the above-mentioned assigned areas of responsibility ( and organize relevant activities. 
•Ensure provision of advice to field presences on draft legislation and the administration of justice in the assigned area of responsibility.
•Document and develop best practices /tools, including through coordinating the implementation of relevant project activities.
•Support the work of inter-governmental bodies and expert human rights bodies; and provide expert guidance and substantive input to support the work of and to strengthen links with the special procedures, treaty bodies, the Commission on Human Rights, and the Sub-Commission in the assigned areas.
•Strengthen advice and technical assistance to States, including through the development of educational tools.
•Perform other duties as required.
Professionalism: In-depth legal knowledge of international law, particularly international human rights law; comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of legal and human rights issues related to the areas of assigned responsibility. 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.

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. 

Team work: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing other’s ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts according to 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.
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree) in law with emphasis on international law, in particular international human rights law. 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 field and headquarters locations, including at least four years at international level in human rights law is required. Experience working with judges, lawyers, or law enforcement officials is required. Experience in the design of access to justice and legal assistance programmes or the human rights aspects of security policies, especially in the area of law enforcement and policing is desirable. Experience in the development of policies, tools, and guidelines is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
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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