UN Offices

Human Rights Investigator

UN Offices

Job Description

The temporary position is located in the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD) in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Beirut. Under the overall supervision of the Coordinator of Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, the incumbent will serve as Human Rights Investigator.


The incumbent will carry out the following functions: - Researches, collects and analyses information and documentation pertaining to human rights matters directly related to the situation to investigate and proposes investigations methods; - Implements plan to ensure that all required measures are taken to protect victims and witnesses who will cooperate with the Commission; - 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 including interviews and all other evidence-gathering activities 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 using information management tools developed by OHCHR; - Provides support to sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; - Follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies; - Ensures human rights issues, including their Gender Equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme; - Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference; - Supervises field verification 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.


PROFESSIONALISM: - Knowledge and understanding of relevant theories, concepts and approaches. - Ability to identify issues, analyze 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. - Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. - 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. 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. 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.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in law, international relations, political sciences or other disciplines related to human rights. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. More than three years of experience in human rights or international criminal investigations, including international humanitarian law violations, is required. Experience working in the Middle East or North Africa Region is desirable. Experience working in Commissions of Inquiry/Fact-Finding Missions or an international criminal court is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.


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

Special Notice

• The position is temporarily available as soon as possible until 30 September 2020 subject to the availability of funding. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station. • This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15. • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the Career Development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service. United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date. No Fee


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