Human Rights Officer, Transitional Justice Unit

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HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, Transitional Justice Unit, P3

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Department/ Office

United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire

Duty Station


Posting Period

10 July 2014-25 July 2014

Job Opening number


United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI). The Human Rights Officer will be based in Abidjan. The Human Rights Officer reports to the Director of Human Rights Division.


Within delegated authority and under the overall guidance of the Director of the HRD and Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Research and analyze the human rights situation in Côte d'Ivoire;

Investigate selected cases through interviewing victims and witnesses; undertaking fact-finding missions; gathering relevant documentation and information from NGOs, judiciary, military and police authorities; and follow-up on progress;

Monitor the human rights situation and consolidate and analyze information with a view to identify trends, possible patterns and systematic practices of human rights violations;

Prepare daily, weekly and monthly field reports; Prepare notes and reports of meetings, seminars and workshops as well as all required documentation;

Provide human rights related inputs to various notes, policies and document through the Human Rights Division headquarters;

Monitor the situation of individuals and organizations working on human rights, and ensure that unresolved cases are brought to the attention of the relevant authorities;

Monitor judicial proceedings and observe trials of key cases in courts;

Establish and maintain working relations with government authorities, including law enforcement authorities and the judiciary at national, regional and local level in order to assess specific cases, take appropriate preventive action, and advocate for effective remedy;

Maintain close cooperation with NGOs and other civil society groups working on human rights;

Assist the Coordinator of the office to prepare internal and external analytical reports and briefings on the human rights situation, and propose appropriate actions;

Maintain and enter data into the OHCHR Human Rights database;

Perform other tasks as required.


Professionalism – Very good knowledge of and exposure to a broad range of UN human rights norms, standards, instruments, mechanisms, procedures, and issues including approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i.e. political, ethnic, gender, social, economic, etc. causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area and propose appropriate actions. Good analytical, research and investigation skills, including ability to evaluate, analyze and to assess the impact on the human rights situation in the assigned region/country, and translate information from a variety of sources into action. Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Planning and organization - 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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree of equivalent) in law with emphasis on international law, in particular international human rights law, social/political science, international relations or in related fields 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the protection of human rights and related areas including monitoring, collection of information and advocacy on human rights violations is required. A minimum of one year's experience working in field locations is required. A minimum of one year of human rights monitoring, reporting is required. Relevant working experience in conflict or post-conflict countries would be desirable. Working experience in Africa is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised fluency in French is required. A working knowledge of English is desirable.

Assessment Method

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

United Nations Considerations

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 United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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