United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Senior Human Rights Officer - Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Senior Human Rights Officer - Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for East Africa in Addis Ababa. The Senior Human Rights Officer will operate under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Africa Branch and direct supervision of the Regional Representative, Human Rights , in close cooperation with the Peace Missions Support Section/New York. The incumbent will coordinate the OHCHR team supporting the establishment of a comprehensive compliance framework for African Union-led and African Union-authorized Peace Support Operations.

Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative, the Senior Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Formulates human rights strategies, including from a gender equality perspective; develops a vision or direction for the work of the human rights Regional Office Unit and creates the conditions for implementing that vision or direction.
• Represents the High Commissioner on matters of human rights in relation to the African Union Compliance Framework Project.
• Proposes policy directives and plan of action to appropriate United Nations and African Union bodies for immediate and long- range solutions to human rights problems in relation to the African Union Compliance Framework Project.
• Oversees, leads and manages the implementation of OHCHR's project of support towards the establishment of a comprehensive compliance framework for African Union-led and African Union-authorized Peace Support Operations;
• Develops procedures, policies, measures and mechanisms for the effective implementation of the International Human Rights Law (IHRL)/International Humanitarian Law (IHL) compliance framework for the African Union- Peace Support Operations (AU-PSOs) including in the areas of integrating Human Rights and IHL in the planning of military operations and After-Action-Reviews; Casualty and Incident Tracking and Recording; Complaint reception; Accountability; Selection & Screening; Training; Monitoring & Reporting; Rules & Regulations;
• Designs, develops and implements significant policy and program changes to address regional or global human rights issues, including their gender dimensions.
• Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall formulation and approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the African Union Compliance Framework Project.
• Prepares human rights reports on key sectors or key regional developments.
• Develops and maintains relations with officials at the highest levels of governments and advises them on human rights issues and policies.
• Coordinates and oversees human rights research initiatives.
• Supervises other human rights officers or organizational segments as assigned.
• Facilitates information sharing and liaison with the African Union (AU) and with UN partners on the African Union-UN peace and security agenda, including through organizing and participating in coordination meetings on developments affecting human rights compliance in African Union- Peace Support Operations (AU-PSOs).
• Performs other related duties as required.

Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address and advise on highly sensitive and complex problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures.

Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the region or country of assignment, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights. Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems in specific societies and systems.

Ability to relate and advise on human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender equality dimensions, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries
and areas. 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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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.

Planning & Organizing: 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.

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.

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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

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

Work Experience
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.

  • Out of the ten years, two years of experience in managing teams is desirable.

  • Experience with international organizations is desirable.

  • Experience in post-conflict contexts is desirable.

  • Field experience, preferably in the Africa region, is desirable.

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in French is desirable.

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    How to apply
    For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Senior Human Rights Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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