Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which is currently located in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunis is classified as an "A" duty station and a family duty station. Applicants should expect to travel on a regular basis (and eventually be relocated) to Libya as the Mission moves forward with its plan to redeploy staff members into Libya. The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Principal Human Rights Officer.
UNSMIL's mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2376 (2017) of 14 September 2017 includes, as an immediate priority, support to the Libyan political process, as well as the undertaking of: (a) support to key Libyan institutions; (b) support for the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance; (c) human rights monitoring and reporting; (d) support for securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (e) coordination of international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilize post-conflict zones.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Provide substantive guidance and monitor and report on the full range of human rights and international humanitarian law violations, including on issues related to protection of civilians, elimination of violence against women, monitoring places of detention/prohibition of torture, and human rights aspects of peace and reconciliation/transitional justice;
Record quality and timely information in the Human Rights Violations Database and update it regularly.
Draft substantive analysis based on field research performed by the team, including on priority thematic areas, at the direction of the team leader and/orother Senior Staff within the Division. ;
Support preparation of internal reports and other ad hoc products;
Provide substantive advice and organisational leadership under the supervision of the team leader to prepare consultations with local governmental officials, community leaders, civil society activists, communities affected by human rights and humanitarian related issues;
Ensure close internal coordination between the human rights team, the Head of Office, other UNSMIL substantive sections and relevant parts of the UN Country Team through information sharing, and provide guidance and expert advice to relevant colleagues on the work of the Human Rights Division;
Represent the Human Rights Division, as appropriate, at specific official functions, meeting and thematic events related to the mandate, including protection of civilians, violence against women, child protection, detention-related issues and human rights aspects of peace processes with other UN agencies, civil society groups, humanitarian organizations and government officials
Perform other duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights law and ability to apply it to concrete situations of human rights concern within a country, including through identifying related political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic issues. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment..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.
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 .
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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in human rights is required. Experience in human rights monitoring, reporting and advocacy is required. Experience engaging with UN Human Rights mechanisms is required. Experience recording human rights violations in a human rights database is desirable. Experience implementing the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy is desirable. Experience in protection of civilians and violence against women is desirable. Human rights related experience working in a field operation in an international organization, non-governmental organization, or within the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programs) is desirable. Related experience in the middle-east and/or north-Africa region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in English and knowledge of Arabic is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.
Industry Type :
NGO / Social Services / Community Services / Non-Profit
Functional Area :
HR / Human Relations / Industrial Relations