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Performance Appraisal System PAS by 81a2A3IL




Reference Number:            12/OHCHR/049/GENEVA

Deadline for Application:    21 May 2012

Post Title and Level:        Human Rights Officer, (P-3 Transitional Justice and Right to
                             the Truth)

Duty Station:                Geneva, Switzerland

Duration:                    Until 30 June initially

Organizational Unit:         Rule of Law and Democracy Section, Rule of Law, Equality and
                             Non-discrimination Branch, Research and Right to Development
                             Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

                 Area of Focus: Transitional Justice and Right to the Truth


Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination
Branch and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Rule of Law and Democracy Section, the
incumbent will:

       - Undertake legal research and analysis and prepare studies, briefs, reports and
       correspondence to meet the mandates of the High Commissioner and human rights bodies,
       with particular emphasis on transitional justice and the right to the truth;
       - Analyse information and trends, provide expertise, support and advice to human rights
       field presences and participate in meetings requiring expertise with regard to transitional
       justice and the right to the truth;
       - Prepare legal opinions/advice on a wide range of human rights issues for the
       consideration of the High Commissioner and for subsequent implementation by other
       - Prepare agreements with governments, NGOs, and other public and private entities;
       - Undertake basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material
       and identify important issues, similarities and inconsistencies with human rights law;
       - Coordinate information materials for background papers and other relevant documents
       for the Secretary-General, the High Commissioner and the Secretariat as well as the
       General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Human Rights Council, as
       - Prepare and service meetings, seminars and workshops (e.g. drafting and dispatching
       notes verbales and letters; preparing the required documentation, notes and reports on the

          - Participate in the collaborative work with UN Departments and agencies;
          - Prepare and participate in the activities organized in, and for OHCHR field-offices or
          under joint programmes with other UN Agencies;
          - Provide substantive contributions to UN Departments for the reports and papers
          submitted to the General Assembly and Executive Committees;
          - Develop training and educational materials for OHCHR and other UN staff and organize
          training activities and briefings as required;
          - Undertake any other assignments as directed by the Chief of Section or the Chief of the


Professionalism - In-depth legal knowledge of and good practical experience in international law,
particularly human rights law; comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of legal and
human rights issues related to the given field(s) of interest; significant experience in applying
legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal and human rights issues
and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions; strong analytical skills and
ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique
and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare, well and
under time pressure, briefs, opinions and a variety of legal instruments and related documents;
good understanding of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and
Communication - Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to
convey complex concepts and recommendations, both orally and in writing, in a clear and
persuasive style tailored to match different audiences;
Planning and organization: skills and ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple
concurrent projects; good understanding of contemporary international relations and of UN
system, organization and interrelationships.
Teamwork - Ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relations both as a
team member and as a task manager, with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Education: Advanced university degree in law with emphasis on international law, in particular
international human rights law. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive
practical experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible legal experience at the national
and international level in human rights law and international humanitarian law or international
criminal law. Field experience focused on legal issues in the area of human rights law and
international humanitarian law or international criminal law is desirable. Knowledge and
experience on issues related to transitional justice and the right to the truth are also desirable.

Languages: Proficiency in English or French with excellent working knowledge of the other is
required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is an asset.

Date of issuance: 7 May 2012                                                        12/049/GENEVA P-3

How to apply
Applicants are instructed to submit the following documents in one single e-mail to:

         A completed United Nations Personal History form (PHP) or P-11, in PDF or Word
         A cover letter as attached document;
         United Nations staff members must submit scanned copies of their latest Performance
          Appraisal System (PAS).

Please mention the reference number of the vacancy announcement in the subject header of
your e-mail: 12/OHCHR/049/GENEVA
Name any attached documents as follows:
                           LAST NAME First name – Type of document

Example:             SMITH Jacqueline – PHP.doc
                     SMITH Jacqueline - Cover letter.doc
                     SMITH Jacqueline – PAS.pdf

Note: Applications without P-11 or PHP cannot be considered;
      Applications received after the deadline or not compliant with the instructions will not
      be accepted.

Please note that, because of the volume of messages, applications will not be acknowledged.
Only applicants possessing the required qualifications will be taken into consideration. Only the
successful candidate will be notified of the outcome of the selection.

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). The UN also encourages women’s candidatures.

The Secretary-General reserves the right to appoint a candidate at one level below the advertised
level of the post.

"Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or
her. In this context, all staff is expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in
accordance with established rules and procedures".

Date of issuance: 7 May 2012                                                         12/049/GENEVA P-3

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