Human Rights Officer
United Nations
PANAMA CITY
hace 6 días

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer (Investigator) will be responsible for the following duties :

  • Plans and coordinates activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective.
  • Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues / events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country.
  • Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country / region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.
  • Researches, collects and analyses information and documentation pertaining to human rights, and international criminal law matters as required by the mandate, and, under the guidance of the Fact-Finding Team Leader, conducts investigations according to OHCHR methodology;
  • Employs monitoring and mapping tools and multi-source, including open sources material and satellite imagery, to support geolocation of incidents and to assess the authenticity of collected materials and testimonies
  • Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into investigations.
  • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
  • Assists country military and police to develop and implement a training program in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
  • Supervises field work through periodic visits; follows up on different cases and situations verified by the regional offices.
  • Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
  • Directs capacity-building efforts on human rights in region / country of assignment.
  • Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
  • May provide guidance to new / junior staff.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Competencies

  • Professionalism : Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions.
  • Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues.

    Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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& Organizing : 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) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field.

    A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.

    Out of the five years, a minimum of two (2) years of experience carrying out human rights or international criminal law investigations is desirable.

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency, in English and Spanish, (both oral and written) is required.

    Assessment

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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