Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Human Rights Officer (Gender Advisor)

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Job Description

Posting Title: HUMAN Rights Officer (GENDER Advisor) (Temporary Job Opening), P3 (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Duty Station: CARACAS Posting Period: 14 January 2021 - 20 January 2021 Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-147980-J-Caracas (R) United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Organisational Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Caracas (Venezuela). The Human Rights Officer will report to the OHCHR team Coordinator in Caracas, and will be under the functional supervision of the Chief of the Americas Section of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) headquarters.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Supports the OHCHR team in Caracas in promoting human rights in the area of women and LGTBI rights and the overall strategic plan.
  • Advises and reports on the consistency on National Institutions, policies, programme and norms with International Human Rights standards and the application of gender perspective.
  • Works with State institutions and NGOs to promote sustained and balanced support for the work in the field of human rights and gender related issues providing support on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights policies.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to authorities and institutions to strengthen their capacity, including in relation to addressing sexual and gender-based violence, and women and LGTBI human rights defenders, including through the development and implementation of policies.
  • Develops legal Analysis on the level of compliance of the state with human rights obligations.
  • Undertakes fact-finding field missions and reporting.
  • Coordinates with United Nations agencies by giving advice and lending support as requires, especially within the framework of rights based planning and programming initiatives, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), Humanitarian Response Plan and Common Country Analysis.
Writes a variety of reports, official correspondence, briefings, statements and communications.

Represents the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in meetings with representatives from such institutions as well as with the international community and other United Nations bodies, program and specialized agencies.

Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned country. Knowledge of the Latin American region; Extensive knowledge of women's and LGTBI rights and the application of gender perspective; Knowledge of the human rights based approach, UN human rights instruments and procedures. 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.

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.

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.

Education Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, human rights, political science or international relations, or other related disciplines. 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. A degree or additional training on gender-related issues is desirable.

Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights is required.

Experience in human rights monitoring, analysis, advocacy and reporting is required.

Proven experience in providing advice on women's rights and gender human rights at the country level and with international organizations is desirable.

Experience working in an international organization, NGO, or similar organization is desirable.

Experience supporting national authorities, the parliaments, the judiciary or other relevant institutions on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights policies is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in Spanish and English is required.

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


  • 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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across Duty Stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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.

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