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  • Posted: Jun 9, 2023
    Deadline: Jul 7, 2023
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    HRI P4 Human Rights Officer, P4

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

    •  Reviews, supports, facilitates and evaluates activities relating to the implementation of international
    • human rights instruments and judicial cooperation mechanisms, including the 2019 Nairobi Declaration on Justice and Good Governance, the 2022 Kinshasa Declaration on Enhancing Judicial Cooperation, the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, the 2006 Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region, in line with the UN Great Lakes Regional Strategy.
    •  Supports the work of the Great Lakes Judicial Cooperation Network and other relevant regional mechanisms.
    •  Prepares relevant human rights and judicial cooperation parts of reports for the Security Council, etc. notes on the status of implementation of human rights and judicial cooperation instruments, etc.
    •  Meets regularly with the UN staff, national and regional-level officials as well as Military and Police officers to plan projects and review project activities.
    •  Works with UN and non-governmental programmes in the country/region to integrate
    • human rights, including their gender dimensions in their programs; helps design and implements the human rights program and designs the organization and focus of the evaluation.
    •  Ensures up-to- date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and judicial cooperation and makes recommendations on actions to take by the Special Envoy in the context of his mandate.
    •  Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; brief representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations on ways to enhance the fight against impunity in the Great Lakes region.
    •  Assists regional stakeholders to develop and implement training programs in the field of human rights, transitional justice, judicial cooperation, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
    •  Collaborates with the political team and contributes to, in consultation with the Director Political Affairs, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staff, planning and budget.
    •  Trains and supervises new/junior staff.
    •  Performs other related duties as required.


    • Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of
    • institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the region or country of assignment, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights. Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems in specific societies and systems. Demonstrated skills in training civil authorities and members of advocacy groups to recognize warning signs of civil unrest and take preventive action to avert hostilities. Ability to relate to human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.


    • 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed


    • 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


    • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field 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 years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political
    • affairs, international relations, law or related area. or related field is required.
    • Extensive experience in human rights monitoring and reporting experience is required.
    • Experience in supporting regional intergovernmental mechanisms on promoting human rights and judicial cooperation is required.
    • Experience in supporting judicial cooperation among countries is desirable.
    • Experience in working in or on the Great Lakes region is desirable.


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

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary on to apply

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