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

Posting Title:Human Rights Officer
Job Code Title:HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Department/Office:OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Duty Station:TEGUCIGALPA
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58280
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 (hr.un.org/page/mobility) 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.
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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) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Tegucigalpa is classified as a B hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Head of Office in Honduras.

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 http://www.ohchr.org
Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the OHCHR head of the Honduras office, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following functions;

Programme Management:
•Gather and analyse up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and recommend actions to be taken.
•Establish working level cooperation with relevant government ministries and State Institutions to assist in strengthening their capacity for protection and promotion of human rights. 
•Support the UN Country Team (UNCT) and partners to integrate human rights principles and rights-based approaches in all aspects of their work and programs as appropriate, including by facilitating and participating in thematic working mechanism on human rights. 
•Analyse and provide advice in relation to public policies and activities on human rights and corresponding international recommendations, with particular regard to the implementation of recommendations emerging from the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review, the special procedures mechanisms as well as those of the treaty bodies, and coordinate the Office's work with these entities, in accordance with the needs identified through the observation of the human rights situation. 
•Serve as a team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Representative, coordination and administrative functions concerning staff as well as work on planning and budget procedures.

Awareness-raising and promotion of specialized knowledge about human rights 
•Assist the country executive, legislative and judicial branch in identifying needs for advisory services and technical cooperation; participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes; 
•Liaise with civil society and media on issues relating to human rights, including building their awareness and capacity to protect and promote human rights.
•Plan, deliver and evaluate human rights training courses, seminars, workshops and presentations on assigned topics/activities; 

Reporting and liaison 
•Contribute to drafting periodic reports to the RC, UNCT and OHCHR and receive substantive guidance on human rights policy and action from OHCHR, as well as methodological tools and manuals.
•Prepare human rights reports on key thematic issues and developments.
•Overall support the work of the Office. Contribute to the global analysis of the Office’s work (including priorities, reports, evaluation and planning activities). Contribute to other tasks that the Representative might request in relation to the Office’s activities.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of international human rights standards and mechanisms; awareness and understanding of the human rights situation in Latin America. 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.

Planning and Organising: 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 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights, international relations or related field is required. Experience in technical assistance and capacity building in the field of human rights is required. Experience in human rights monitoring, legal analysis and drafting of human rights reports is desirable. Work experience in volatile contexts implying possible security risks is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Assessment
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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