Education: An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, 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.
Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights field or closely related areas is required, of which at least half should be in human rights.
A minimum of one (1) year of human rights monitoring, reporting is required.
Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments, and mechanisms is required.
Experience advocating for human rights in rule of law reforms and with law enforcement actors is desirable.
Experience in capacity building activities for the protection and promotion of human rights or implementing technical cooperation projects is desirable.
Previous experience in a United Nations common system field operation or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required.
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES:
PROFESSIONALISM: Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; In-depth knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence; Good knowledge of institutional mandates relevant to the position, organizational policies and methodologies relating to human rights; Capacity to monitor and coordinate human rights-related matters with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora; Good research, analytical and synthetizing skills, including the ability to gather, verify, evaluate and integrate relevant political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic and other human rights-related developments, from a variety of sources, including open sources, to assess their impact and to provide recommendations to redress situations; Ability to seek and identify the information that is of potential relevance for a human rights analysis that is collected by various UN actors; Ability to produce in-depth human rights analysis drawing on all available sources of information, including open sources; Commitment to seeking new and improved methods of work for accomplishing the work of the human rights component; Ability to relate 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; Good knowledge of planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of human rights capacity building initiatives for multiple stakeholders; Basic knowledge of project management for the planning, design, monitoring, evaluation and use of resources of human rights technical cooperation projects. Capacity to serve as internal resource person, share knowledge and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike; Proven understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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; Uses time efficiently.