The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is hiring an Associate Human Rights Officer (P2)
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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is hiring an Associate Human Rights Officer (P2)
This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Associate Human Rights Officer will be based in Kabul, an “E” hardship and a non-family duty station, and report to the Human Rights Officer/Team Leader, under the guidance of the Senior Human Rights Officer and overall direction of the Chief, Human Rights Service.Responsibilities
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Within delegated authority, the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Researches, collects, verifies, analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information, including from open sources, of relevance to human rights in the designated mission area.
Assists in the analysis of information, to include the impact on the thematic areas of focus of the UNAMA Human Rights Service, including from a gender perspective, inter alia: protection of civilians, including right to life, liberty and right to physical integrity; issues related to the rights of women and girls; child protection; persons deprived of their liberty, minorities, human rights defenders, media workers, and other vulnerable groups; and monitoring of the economic, social and cultural rights situation.
Maintains awareness of current human rights issues – including their gender, social, economic, political, security and legal dimensions – and participates in discussions with other Human Rights Officers on the integration of these issues into peace, political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programmes.
Contributes to the elaboration of the thematic areas of focus of the UNAMA Human Rights Service and participates with other Human Rights Officers in discussions with relevant de facto authorities, influential actors and stakeholders with a view to stop or prevent human rights violations, seek remedial action by the de facto authorities and prevent similar violations from occurring in the future.
Assists in liaising with appropriate local and/or national de facto authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to monitor developments in the human rights situation.
Monitors the national legal systems and their compliance with international human rights instruments, as well as the implementation of recommendations by UN human rights bodies.
Assists in the development of initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses.
Drafts a variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications relating to human rights matters, in compliance with established standards.
Contributes to the formulation of meaningful recommendations and strategies to better promote and protect human rights in Afghanistan.
Contributes to the mainstreaming of human rights in the formulation and implementation of the UNAMA and UN agencies, funds and programmes activities at country and local levels.
Supports the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, development efforts and peace and security initiatives through participating in related activities, including in the work of the Protection Cluster and/or relevant Working Groups, as appropriate.
Liaises with other UNAMA components/sections to integrate human rights considerations in their respective activities.
Assists in supporting – and participates in the design and delivery of – human rights awareness-raising efforts for de facto authorities, representatives of civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on international human rights norms and recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council, in order to build national capacities.
Ensures and contributes to quality assurance measures with regard to the timely entry of accurate and verified cases of human rights violations into established databases, in compliance with established standards.
Contributes to the Integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities and to the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Integrates UN-developed methodology in the human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities.
Performs other related duties as required.Competencies
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 and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, analyze information and draft human rights reports.
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.
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.
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.Education
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, humanities or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, law, international relations, social science, humanities, or a closely related field, is required.
Previous experience in human rights monitoring and reporting, and on/or in building capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights, is required.
Experience providing services in the field of Human Rights, or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization, is required.
Experience in analyzing large amounts of information and data, including from open sources, is desirable.
Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms is desirable.
One year of experience in managerial capacity and leading a small team is desirable.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Pashto and Dari is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c).
In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.