Department/Office:Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:27 August 2020 – 10 October 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-138876-R-New York (R)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD), Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Methodology, Education and Training Section.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Contributes to the development of UN policies, systems and procedures to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse, in coordination with other UN departments as relevant, with a view to ensuring a human rights and victim-centred approach.

•Provides timely OHCHR inputs and contributions to the workstreams established by the United Nations Special Coordinator on Improving United Nations Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and the SEA Victims’ Rights Advocate; ensures internal OHCHR consultation on relevant issues; participates in meetings and follows up on decisions;

•Provides expert advice on issues related to respect for confidentiality, protection of victims and witnesses, investigations, accountability, applicable legal frameworks and case-tracking; assists and advises relevant colleagues in reviewing and assessing incoming information on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against non-United Nations international forces, and provides methodological guidance and advice to other sections in OHCHR, including human rights field presences and human rights components of peace operations, and to UN counterparts on investigations, reporting and following-up on such allegations, in line with applicable policies and procedures.

•Engages, coordinates and maintains communication with the Office of the Special Coordinator on Improving United Nations Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the SEA Victims’ Rights Advocate and relevant UN entities based in New York;

•Engages with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee work-stream on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse with a view to mainstreaming human rights in IASC discussions and guidance;

•Prepares briefing notes and inputs to reports, including coordinating quarterly and annual reporting on sexual violence/SEA allegations by non-United Nations international forces, and reviews and comments on reports containing information on sexual exploitation and abuse;

•Contributes to awareness raising of OHCHR personnel in headquarters and the field on standards, policies, procedures and developments relating to sexual exploitation and abuse, and to ensuring that OHCHR policies and procedures relating to SEA, including investigating and reporting on allegations, are adequate and are widely understood; undertake period lessons learning;

•Identifies gaps and areas where training and methodological guidance need to be reviewed or newly developed, and develops training and methodological tools, guidance and reference materials.

•Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues,including related to field methodologies on human rights monitoring and fact-finding, and international legal framework; good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines, including in a peace operations setting, and ability to develop and implement approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex problems in the field of sexual exploitation and abuse of victims’ rights; good knowledge of conceptual and operational issues related to the human rights monitoringfunction, including victim protection and reporting, and on prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse; strong analytical and research skills and demonstrated ability to develop conceptual frameworks, methodological tools and guidance; good understanding of
contemporary international relations and of the UN system, organization and interrelationships; experience of working constructively with partners in inter-agency settings. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree), in law, human rights, political science, international relations or a closely related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced a university degree.

Work Experience

At least seven (7) years of professional experience in the human rights field, including at least three (3) years at the international level is required.
Experience in drafting policy documents is required.
Experience in human rights monitoring, fact finding and investigations is required.
Experience in engaging with inter-governmental bodies and experience of work in UN field operations are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.


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 extension 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.

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.


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.

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


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