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Assistant Human Rights Officer - UNAMA

Date Posted: Jun 18, 2022
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  • Location:
    Kandahar
  • Company:
  • Type:
    Full Time/Permanent
  • Shift:
    Rotating
  • Career Level:
    Experienced Professional
  • Positions:
    1
  • Vacancy number:
    VA#28/06/2022
  • Experience:
    Less Than 1 Year
  • Gender:
    Any
  • Degree:
    Masters
  • Apply Before:
    Jun 28, 2022

About UNAMA

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is a UN Special Political Mission established to assist the state and the people of Afghanistan in laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development. UNAMA was established on 28 March 2002 by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1401. Its original mandate was to support the implementation of the Bonn Agreement (December 2001). Reviewed annually, this mandate has been altered over time to reflect the needs of the country and was extended for six months, on 17 September 2021, by UN Security Council Resolution 2596 (2021).

The Council also requested the Secretary-General to prepare a written report by 31 January 2022 outlining “strategic and operational recommendations for the mandate of UNAMA in light of recent political, security, and social developments” in Afghanistan.

UNAMA is headed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, who was appointed to the post in March 2020, replacing Tadamichi Yamamoto. Previous SRSG’s were– Lakhdar Brahimi who served from October 2001 to January 2004; Jean Arnault from February 2004 to February 2006, followed by Tom Koenigs from March 2006 to December 2007, Kai Eide from 2008 to 2010, Staffan di Mistura from 2010 to 2011, Ján Kubiš from 2012 to 2014, Nicholas Haysom from 2014 to 2016 and Tadamichi Yamamoto from 2016 to 2020.

Since 2008, and following a directive of the UN Secretary-General, UNAMA is an integrated mission. This means that the Special Political Mission, all UN agencies, funds and programmes, work in a multidimensional and integrated manner to better assist Afghanistan according to nationally defined priorities.

The SRSG is responsible for all UN activities in the country and directly oversees the Security Section, Strategic Communication Service, Human Rights Section, and Peace and Reconciliation. The SRSG’s Chief of Staff oversees UNAMA’s Field Offices.
Two deputy Special Representatives (DSRSG) oversee the main pillars of the mission – political and developmental issues. Included under these pillars are mission sections specializing in issues such as political analysis, reporting, and outreach, and donor coordination, as well as the coordination of UN agencies funds and programmes.

Job Description

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Within delegated authorities and under the direct supervision of the Human Rights Officer / Team Leader, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Assists in researching, collecting, verifying, analyzing and synthesizing significant amounts of information, including from open sources, of relevance to human rights in the designated mission area.
  • In consultation with the Human Rights Officer, assists in liaising with appropriate de facto authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant stakeholders to monitor developments in the human rights situation.
  • Assists in the development of initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses.
  • Attends meetings, including with local de facto authorities, the UN agencies, funds and programmes, civil society and human rights actors and raises awareness about human rights issues and concerns in the area of assignment including, inter alia, protection of civilians including right to life and physical integrity; economic, social and cultural rights; violence against women and girls; persons deprived of their liberty; children in armed conflict; human rights defenders including media workers; and the maintenance of civic space.
  • Assists in the fact-finding process of human rights and international humanitarian law violations.
  • Contributes to the implementation of activities that focus on the human rights situation of women and girls covering economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights, and on the elimination of violence against women,
    • including monitoring, analysis, reporting and advocacy.
    • Carries out detention monitoring visits to detention centres including but not limited to de facto Police and Intelligence facilities, Provincial Prisons, and the Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre (JRC).

     

    • Provides inputs to variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications relating to human rights matters in compliance with established standards.
    • Participates in the formulation of meaningful recommendations and strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area.
    • Participates in the mainstreaming of human rights in the formulation and implementation of the UN peace mission and UN agency activities at country and local levels.
    • Interacts with other UN peace operation components/sections, including the police and military, to integrate human rights considerations in their respective activities.
    • Interacts with UN agencies, funds and programmes operating in the area of responsibility, for information-sharing and to integrate human rights considerations in their respective activities.
    • Assists in supporting human rights discussions with de facto authorities, civil society and stakeholders on relevant  international human rights norms and standards.
    •  Organises and participates in field missions, aimed at implementing the objectives of the UNAMA human rights mandate.
    • Verifies and ensures the timely entry of 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 human rights monitoring, analysis, reporting, and advocacy.
    • Contributes to the implementation of activities that focus on the human rights situation of women and girls covering economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights, and on the elimination of violence against women, including monitoring, analysis, reporting and advocacy.
      • Integrates UN developed methodology in the human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities.
      • Performs other related duties, as required.
       

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education: Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, humanities, or in a related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with 1 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience: Relevant years of work experience is not required for applicants with a relevant master’s degree to the position advertised. However, applicants with a bachelor’s degree must have a minimum of 1 year of progressively responsible experience in human rights, social work, legal affairs or a closely related field is required. Experience acquired in developing and/or implementing projects for communities at risk or population in vulnerable situation is required. Experience working with national and/or international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms 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 in facilitating training, participating in education or information campaigns is required. Previous experience in project management is desirable. Previous experience in assisting victims of human rights violations is desirable.

Languages: English and French are the working languages for the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral, written and spoken English required; knowledge of other languages is desirable.  Fluency in oral, written and spoken Pashto and Dari is required.

Special Measure: No work experience is required for the applicants with relevant master’s degree, and the minimum relevant work experience for NO-A is reduced to 1 year for the applicants with relevant bachelor's degree. The special measure is extended until 31 December 2022 and reduces the minimum required years of relevant work experience for filling positions for UNAMA General Service and National Professional Officer positions. The special

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education: Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, humanities, or in a related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with 1 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience: Relevant years of work experience is not required for applicants with a relevant master’s degree to the position advertised. However, applicants with a bachelor’s degree must have a minimum of 1 year of progressively responsible experience in human rights, social work, legal affairs or a closely related field is required. Experience acquired in developing and/or implementing projects for communities at risk or population in vulnerable situation is required. Experience working with national and/or international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms 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 in facilitating training, participating in education or information campaigns is required. Previous experience in project management is desirable. Previous experience in assisting victims of human rights violations is desirable.

Languages: English and French are the working languages for the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral, written and spoken English required; knowledge of other languages is desirable.  Fluency in oral, written and spoken Pashto and Dari is required.

Special Measure: No work experience is required for the applicants with relevant master’s degree, and the minimum relevant work experience for NO-A is reduced to 1 year for the applicants with relevant bachelor's degree. The special measure is extended until 31 December 2022 and reduces the minimum required years of relevant work experience for filling positions for UNAMA General Service and National Professional Officer positions. The special

UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 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.

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 & 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.

Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work. Encourages others to set challenging goals. Holds others accountable for achieving results related

to their area of responsibility. Genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise. Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort. Involves others when making decisions that affect them.

Skills Required

Submission Guideline:

APPLICATIONS

  • UNAMA will only accept properly completed and signed Personal History Form (P.11) received by email before the closing date. CVs or Resumes will not be considered nor will late submissions after closing date. Any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding.
  • Applicants must accurately complete, sign and date the United Nations Personal History form (P.11) and submit the duly completed signed P.11 by e-mail to: unamava_substantive@un.org.
  • Important Note: Applicants should copy and paste the Vacancy Announcement (VA) Number which is VA#48/06/2022 into the email subject line when submitting the duly completed and signed P.11 Form and the required documents. Please do not add any other information in the subject line of your email except VA#48/06/2022. Please do not add any additional words or space in the VA Number. Applications received without a VA Number will not be considered.
  • The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks process to verify the information provided in the P.11 form.
  • Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within four (4) to six (6) weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.

 

Required documents to be submitted along with the signed and completed UN P.11:

  • Serving UN staff members: In addition to the completed and signed P.11, scanned copies of two most recent e-Performance Evaluation Reports must be submitted with the application.
  • For External applicants: In addition to the completed and signed P.11, scanned copies of two most recent performance evaluation reports or if not available, two reference letters. If the applications received do not contain the latest two performance evaluation reports candidates must provide a short explanation as to why

they are not available.

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 in applicants

bank account.

Applicants are reminded that the United Nations cannot appoint a person who is the father, mother, son, daughter, brother, or sister of a staff member. For this reason, applicants are required to disclose at the time of their application, whether they bear any of the above relationships to a staff member of UNAMA or any other UN entity which is part of the Secretariat. In addition, selected candidates would be required to complete a family declaration form prior to assuming their duties with the Mission. Failure to disclose any of the above relationships constitutes a material omission, that could lead to termination or dismissal from the United Nations.

 

Submission Email:

unamava_substantive@un.org

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