MONUSCO: UN Joint Human Rights Office

P.315 (3-09)
Ref. No.:
TJO/Human Rights/004/16
Senior Human Rights Officer
TVA Grade Level
Functional Title
Political,Peace and Security, Human Rights
Occupational Group (See list on last page)
26 May, 2016
Open to
(Current Grade of Applicant)
UN Joint Human Rights Office
Estimated Start Date:
Duty Station:
Possibility of Extension?
Open to External Candidates?
The position is located within the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), in the OHCHR/MONUSCO Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO). The Senior Human Rights Officer will be based in Goma and will act as the Deputy Director of the UNJHRO. He will report to the Director of the UNJHRO
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Acts as First Reporting Officer for all field coordinators and other coordinators.
2. Oversees the coordination of UNJHRO’s field offices, ensuring that they are in line with UNJHRO work plans and mandate requirements. This also includes managing the performance of the Field Offices;
3. Advises on appropriate policies and strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area, including for peace processes;
4. Develops procedures and policies for the effective cooperation with other components of the UN peace mission, including with the police and military, and for the integration of human rights;
5. Ensures the effective implementation and strategic vision provided by the Director in the Field;
6. Provides strategic guidance to the UN peace mission, the United Nations Country Team and Humanitarian Country Team on the mainstreaming of human rights in the activities of as required and advocate for the integration of human rights in these programmes including with respect to the United Nations Development Assistance and Integrated Strategic frameworks as well as the Consolidated (Humanitarian) Appeal processes;
7. Contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action through participating or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities, including the work of the Protection Cluster as appropriate;
8. Devises advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities including Government and State officials, UN Country Team (UNCT), and the UN mission senior management on strategies to better protect and promote human rights, mechanisms to stop impunity and to redress serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law;
9. Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora;
10. Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
11. Establishes and maintains contact as appropriate with national authorities, civil society, UN actors and bodies, and other relevant partners, to inform on the human rights situation in the mission area and advice on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights;
12. Promotes coordination among all human rights related mandates present in the mission area;
13. Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Chief of the Human Rights component, work coordination of the field offices;
14. Performs other duties as required.
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a. Proven sensitivity to conflict and post-conflict political and social environments and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly;
b. Expert knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and of related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative, rule of law reforms, sexual violence in conflict and gender, as well as good understanding of issues related to the integration of human rights in UN peace missions;
c. Capacity to maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization(s), and to strategically advocate for the integration of human rights in various fora;
d. Ability to produce in-depth analysis of political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights related problems to assess their impact and to provide concrete strategy recommendations to redress situations;
e. Capacity to lead the continual improvement of human rights related work processes and ability to apply best management practices to obtain optimum performance of the human rights component;
f. Capacity to relate to and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields, including humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislation reforms and election support and vice versa;
g. Proven understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work;
h. Ability to identify appropriate means of communication to channel relevant human rights information for crisis management and response;
i. Capacity to integrate a gender perspective in all aspects of work;
j. Continuous commitment to sharing professional knowledge and to mentor colleagues.
k. Shows pride in work and in achievements;
l. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
m. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
n. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
o. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
p. Remains calm in stressful situations..
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.
• Works effectively and collaboratively with people from all backgrounds 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.
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• Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments;
• delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
• operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
• supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
• takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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.
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For Managerial Positions:
Experience: 1. A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights or closely related field of which half in human rights. Experience in human rights monitoring, reporting and/or investigating violations are required. Such experience should encompass at least three years in a managerial capacity and the supervision of teams. Experience acquired in multidimensional crisis is required. Experience on human rights advocacy and capacity building programmes is required. Experience in the management of projects is required.
Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in law, political science, international relations or another discipline related to human rights. A first-level university degree with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written French is required, with a good working knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is an advantage.
Other Skills: N/A
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Cover Letter
Signed PAS
Periods: Last two epases
Contact Name:
Odi Sasso Marie J Achegnan
Email Address:
[email protected]
Copy (cc):
Mimi Kapinga
Email Address:
[email protected]
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Information Management
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Management and Programme Analysis
Political Affairs
Population Affairs
Production Service and Transport Work
Programme Management
Public Administration
Public Information
Science and Technology
Social Affairs
Social Sciences
While this temporary assignment will provide the successful applicant with an ideal 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.
Internal candidates for this purpose is defined as staff members currently serving under 100 series appointment who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 104.15 or after the advice of a Secretariat joint body under staff rule 104.14. External applicants may be considered when it is not possible to identify suitable internal candidates of the same department/office.
Please note that external candidates are generally not entitled to be appointed at the advertised level of this temporary vacancy and will therefore be graded in accordance with the current recruitment guidelines. This means that the grade may be at a lower level than that of the advertised level of the post.
For information on the provisions for special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17.


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