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Human Rights Officer – OHCHR component of the Building sustainable and inclusive peace, strengthening trust and social cohesion in Moldova
|Location :||Chisinau, MOLDOVA|
|Application Deadline :||06-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SC-4|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year, with possibility of extension|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year, with possibility of extension|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Under this project, OHCHR will work on strengthening the cross-river engagement and productive interaction at the level of government and de-facto structures, civil society organizations (CSO), National Human Rights Institution (People’s Advocate Office) and the human rights focal point on the left bank, community level. The project will also aim at strengthening responses to divisive narratives and misinformation, to reduce social tensions.
The work of OHCHR under the project will be funded by the United Nations Peace Building Funds. The implementation duration of the OHCHR component will be 24 months, starting in August 2022.
The major interventions under the OHCHR-led component of the program will be:
The two main outcomes the project aims to achieve are the following:
The UN Human Rights Office (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. It has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.
The OHCHR field presence in Moldova, led by the UN Human Rights Adviser, assists the UN Resident Coordinator Office, UN Country Team in Moldova (UNCT), Government and civil society in strengthening human rights and human rights-based approaches, working closely with the UN Country Team on capacity building and mainstreaming human rights in their work, as well as providing support in engagement with national actors on human rights, including advising national authorities upon request. Thematic priorities for work are: (1) Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations; (2) Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; (3) Integrating human rights in sustainable development; (4) Enhancing civic space and people’s participation.
Starting from 2022 OHCHR Moldova jointly with other UN entities (UNDP and UN Women) will be implementing the project “Building sustainable and inclusive peace, strengthening trust and social cohesion in Moldova”.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the International Human Rights Officer, responsible for the overall coordination of the project, and in close collaboration with National Human Rights Officers, and overall guidance of the Human Rights Adviser, the incumbent is responsible to support the management of OHCHR activities and coordination of project activities through a range of actions: managing and monitoring the project implementation, ensuring synergies between the components of the project, communicating project objectives and results, engaging with all stakeholders, and conducting project activities.
The incumbent will substantively contribute to the implementation of human rights awareness raising, human rights capacity building activities and will provide the necessary advice and expertise on matters related to human rights respect, protection and fulfillment in the Republic of Moldova, including in the Transnistrian region.
The Human Rights Officer applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach. He/she is responsible and accountable to OHCHR for the project results and needs to report these to the Technical Advisory Board.
The National Human Rights Officer, jointly the International Human Rights Officer will lead the OHCHR part of the project implementation and will ensure its effective and efficient implementation. The National Human Rights Officer will support the International Human Rights Officer in ensuring coordination and coherence of human rights interventions with and between UN Women, UNDP and OHCHR, with OHCHR being the convening entity.
The incumbent will work:
a) to ensure the provision of expertise and advise based on human rights and gender equality approaches highest quality and standards to national counterparts on the priorities of the project placed under the authority of OHCHR, with OHCHR being the convening agency;
The incumbent will perform inter alia the following duties towards fulfillment of the above-listed key functions:
• Knowledge of and good exposure to a range of human rights issues including various approaches and techniques to address complex human rights reforms in challenging settings (for instance, such as unrecognized territory setting), including promoting the rights of most vulnerable groups, addressing discrimination cases on grounds of social status, ethnicity, language, gender identity; combating hate speech and addressing misinformation, etc.;
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.
• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input and genuinely values ideas and expertise of others, is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decision may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjusts 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.
• Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.
Required Skills and Experience
• Advanced University Degree preferably in law, human rights, international relations, social sciences or other disciplines related to human rights. A first-level University degree in combination with extensive work and specific expertise on the indicated matters and a master’s work in progress may be accepted in lieu of the advanced University degree.
• A minimum of four years of applied professional experience on human rights.
• Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.
Applications should be submitted on line and include fully completed Personal History Form (P11) or CV/resume.