Human Rights Officer (Deputy Head), Bamako, Mali

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Human Rights and Protection Division of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Bamako, Mali, and reports to the Senior Human Rights Officer leading the implementation at the field level of the OHCHR G5 Sahel Project.

Responsibilities

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

  • Drafts, reviews, and coordinates inputs into a variety of reports, including internal reports, public human rights reports, and Secretary-General reports on the project and priority thematic issues including under the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements, ensuring quality and conformity with standards; -Analyzes and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources; -Reaches out to various UN actors to collect and analyze information of relevance to human rights and coordinate with other technical actors that contribute directly or indirectly to the implementation of the Compliance Framework; -Ensures the effective flow of information and channels human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in crisis management and response; as well as to influence decision, strategy and policy-making; -Advises on appropriate policies and strategies to better protect human rights in the area of operations of the Joint G5 Sahel Force (FC-G5S); -Develops procedures, policies, measures and mechanisms for the effective implementation of the Human Rights/IHL compliance framework of the FC-G5S including in the areas of: integrating Human Rights and IHL in the planning of military operations and After-Action-Reviews; Casualty and Incident Tracking and Recording; Complaint reception; Accountability; Selection & Screening; Training; Monitoring & Reporting; Rules & Regulations; -Provides strategic guidance to the UN on the implementation of the Human Rights and IHL Compliance Framework of the FC-G5S; -Ensures cooperation and appropriate communication with OHCHR in the sharing of Information and best practices, and in the creation of policies; -Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies; -Advises on the implementation of and, where relevant, designs the mechanisms of the human rights/IHL compliance framework of the FC-G5S and evaluates its impact; -Monitors and ensures reporting on compliance of the project’s capacity building activities with appropriate UN policy directives and methodology; -Ensures close coordination with Human Rights project staff, OHCHR, and other relevant UN entities monitoring activities in compliance with UN methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law; Provides substantive coordination and oversight as required to the Project offices, ensuring a link between operations, strategic direction and results targeted by OHCHR’s support to the FC-G5S, including in its results-based work-plan; -Serves as the deputy project coordinator upon delegation from the Project Coordinator; with responsibility for carrying out work coordination and administrative functions relating to staffing, planning and budgeting; -Performs other 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. Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in military and counter-terrorism contexts. 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.

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.

JUDGEMENT / DECISION-MAKING. Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly ; Gathers relevant information before making a decision ; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them ; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization ; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information ; Checks assumptions against facts ; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision ; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. A minimum of two (2) year experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping missions, special political missions and similar field operations in UN agencies, funds, and programmes ) – or similar international organisation or non-governmental organisation – on human rights monitoring and reporting is required. Experience in the implementation of Protection of Civilians mandate is desirable. Experience with the implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) is desirable. Experience in the management of human rights programmes and projects is desirable. Experience working with Security/Military forces is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency English is required. Knowledge of French is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extensions of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

OHCHR – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Mali

Bamako, Mali

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