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Human Rights Officer, P-4
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   25 Feb 2013
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   26 Jan 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Department of Field Support
DUTY STATION:   Juba
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   13-HRI-DFS-425934-R-JUBA


This post is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), headquartered in Juba, South Sudan.
 
Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
The Human Rights Officer reports to the Director of the Human Rights Division (HRD). The Human Rights Officer will provide advice on international human rights law, international humanitarian law and other relevant areas of law to the Director of HRD and will undertake outreach to government and non-government entities, including security institutions. Responsibilities include: Provide advice, particularly on international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and on human rights in the context of the South Sudan constitutional review process, to the Director of HRD, to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) through the Director of HRD, and to other Human Rights Officers in the Division; Provide strategic advice on approaches to human rights issues from a legal perspective, taking the South Sudan context into account; Participate in the development and implementation of UNMISS strategies related to rule of law, transitional justice, non-discrimination and impunity; Advise on legal elements of human rights investigations; Contribute to and comment on draft human rights reports from a legal perspective; Advise on the drafting and interpretation of the constitution and domestic legislation, including military law; Analyse and comment on draft legislation; Review existing legislation for consistency with international human rights standards; Undertake work on thematic issues that have a legal focus, including taking the lead on issues and projects, as requested; Participate in thematic working groups and task forces as requested; Develop and maintain contacts and effective relations with government and non-government entities and representatives with special emphasis on security institutions; Undertake other duties as required, including at the request of the SRSG.

Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM - Demonstrated in-depth experience and understanding of international human rights law and humanitarian law in a post-conflict environment, and knowledge of relevant international legal standards; capacity to adopt a strategic approach to the development of justice and legal systems; knowledge of human rights investigations, demonstrated professional competence and mastery of subject matter; being conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments; observing deadlines and achieving results; 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. PLANNING and 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 and uses time efficiently. COMMUNICATION - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interests in having two-way communication, tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. TEAMWORK - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others ideas and expertise and 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.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree with two additional years of qualifying experience, including in international law, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, law, political affairs, international relations or related area, including experience in providing legal advice to senior officials, is required. Experience advocating with justice and security sectors on human rights issues is required. Experience drafting human rights reports and/or legal analysis is required. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict environment is required. Experience working in South Sudan or Sudan is required.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic or other local languages is desirable.

Other Skills


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
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  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.

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