These positions are located in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Caracas is classified as a "C" hardship and family duty station. The Human Rights Officer reports to the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) team Coordinator in Caracas, and under the functional supervision of the Chief of the Americas Section of the OHCHR headquarters.
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Monitors, documents and reports on the human rights situation in Venezuela.
• Plans and coordinates activities related to thematic mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective.
• Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and cases and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in Venezuela.
• Collects and analyses information regarding human rights case work as well as data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators on access and enjoyment of justice.
• Provides support to UN human rights mechanisms and other bodies; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies and on the investigation of human rights violations, to ensure that an effective intervention is made through institutions, mechanisms or procedures at the national and international level.
• 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.
• Undertakes fact-finding and monitoring field missions and reporting.
• Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements on country/region specific and thematic reports, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
• Performs other related duties as required.
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, analytical and drafting skills, in particular of case work, 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) 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.
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
- Human rights monitoring and reporting experience is desirable.
- Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
- Experience in fact-finding and reporting is desirable.
- Experience working with human rights victims is desirable.
- Experience working on technical cooperation projects is also desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in Spanish and English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
The extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
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.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.