Within delegated authority, the Senior Human Rights Officer, Coordinator will :
Supervises the development of investigation plans, methodology and tools to collect and process all data;
Supports the Members of the Fact-Finding Mission on substantive, operational and administrative procedures and ensure their implementation;
Manages the overall work of the Secretariat of the Fact-Finding Mission, including by facilitating constructive internal work-flows, information sharing, accountability and performance management;
Facilitates the communication between the Members of the Fact-Finding Mission and OHCHR as required;
Ensures that the Secretariat carries out its tasks in accordance with agreed strategic objectives and standard fact-finding methodology, including gender perspectives;
Coordinates the investigating and reporting tasks of the Secretariat members;
Oversees the development of plans to ensure that all required measures are taken to protect victims and witnesses who will cooperate with the Fact-Finding Mission and that effective referrals pathways for survivors are used when possible;
Accompanies the Members of the Fact-Finding Mission in their field missions;
Acts as the main interlocutor on operational and substantive matters with duty bearers, member states, UN agencies, media and other stakeholders;
Ensures the integration of gender perspective, including in the investigation plan, interviewing of victims, evidence gathering, analysis and report writing;
Takes ultimate responsibility for the quality and timely delivery of the Fact-Finding Mission’s reports;
Liaises with the security coordinator / UNDSS on aspects related to the security requirements and informs accordingly the Members and staff of the Secretariat;
Manages the budget and finances of the Secretariat and responsible for regular operational, financial and administrative reporting to OHCHR and / or other UN entities as required;
Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge and understanding of human rights-and international criminal law related matters. Solid understanding of gender dimension in human rights investigations;
solid knowledge in witness / victim protection and data protection; solid experience in international criminal or human rights investigations.
Proven ability to adapt to extreme hardship; trained in security matters and communication procedures. Ability to identify issues and participate in the resolution of issues / problems.
Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases.
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; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree), in law, political science, international relations or another discipline related to human rights is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience in human rights, or combined experience in human rights and international humanitarian law or international criminal law is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience in managing teams is required.
Experience in carrying out investigations is required.
Experience in or on Venezuela is desirable.
French and English are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.