OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Reference Number: 12/OHCHR/087/GENEVA
Deadline for Application: 20 August 2012
Post Title and Level: Human Rights Officer, P-4
Length of Contract: 7 months (subject to availability of funds)
Duty Station: Geneva
Organizational Units: Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS)
Research and Right to Development Division (RRDD)
Peace Missions Support and Rapid Response Section (PMSRRS)
Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Methodology, Education and Training Section
(METS), Research and Right to Development Division and the Chief, Peace Missions Support and
Rapid Response Section (PMSRRS) and the direct supervision of staff members in METS and
PMSRRS as designated, and in cooperation with other sections, offices and external stakeholders as
relevant, the Human Rights Officer (HRO) will complete substantive tasks in conceptualising and
operationalizing a Human Rights Based Approach to Humanitarian Action (hereinafter HRBA to
HA), as relevant to emergency response, planning, preparedness and early recovery, for use by
OHCHR and others, including UN and non-UN actors, such as national governments and NGOs.
The HRO will be responsible for the following:
Draft a report outlining a proposed conceptual framework of a HRBA to humanitarian action, as
relevant to emergency response, planning, preparedness and early recovery.
Commitments on Accountability towards Affected Populations (CAAP) component
Drawing on the conceptual framework, develop inputs to the Inter Agency Standing Committee’s
(IASC) work on “Accountability to Affected Populations”, including to the preparation of an
operational framework of the five CAAPs.
Humanitarian assessment, planning and programming component
Drawing on the conceptual framework, develop proposals that will strengthen the integration of a
HRBA in the tools employed by the UN for humanitarian assessments, planning and programming
(e.g Flash and Consolidated Appeal Process), including in relation to preparedness in emergency
situations and early recovery.
Up-dating and adapting a HRBA to HA training module, for use by OHCHR in trainings of partners,
with speaker’s notes, visual aids and hand-outs.
Organise and facilitate a three day workshop aimed at contributing to the development of the
conceptual framework and related operational aspects. During the workshop, present the work
developed under the conceptual and select other components. Draft a report on the workshop and
integrate the results into the outputs of the relevant components.
Perform other related duties as directed.
Professionalism: Good knowledge of and experience in human rights based approaches,
humanitarian action, field operations, policy coordination, interagency work and settings,
development of training materials, and sound knowledge of and exposure to a broad range of issues
related to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, including approaches and
techniques to address highly sensitive/complex problems; good ability to develop conceptual
frameworks and methodological, policy and program tools, carry out research and studies; strong
analytical skills; sound knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human
rights and humanitarian action.
Communication: Excellent communication (spoken, written, public speaking and presentation) skills,
including ability to draft/edit a variety of reports and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style;
proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally.
Planning and organizing: Ability to establish priorities, juggle competing demands and work under
pressure of varied, frequent and tight deadlines. Ability to coordinate and stay abreast of a variety of
projects and commitments being undertaken by different branches of the office.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective
working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and
respect for diversity.
Accountability: Ability to take ownership for responsibilities and honour commitments.
Judgement/Decision-making: Sound judgement and initiative; ability to determine key issues and
make decisions of significant importance.
Education: Advanced university degree or equivalent theoretical knowledge in law, political science
or international relations or related field or a relevant combination of academic and professional
Date of issuance: 6 August 2012 12/087/GENEVA/ P-4
Work experience: Over 7 years of progressive experience in protection related work, human rights
and humanitarian action. Several years of experience at the international level and within the UN
system, preferably in the field.
Languages: Excellent writing skills and fluency in English. Working knowledge of French or
another UN official language is an asset.
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/087/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
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 are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in
accordance with established rules and procedures".
Date of issuance: 6 August 2012 12/087/GENEVA/ P-4