Human Rights Specialist - P03

Grade: P03
Type of Appointment: Series A - Short Term
Duration of Contract: 12 months
Secretary/Department/Off.: Ex. Sec-Inter-American Commission on Human Rights –Monitoring Section III
Announcement Number: ST-EO/22/18
Duty Station: US - Washington D.C.
Job Family: Human Rights Commission
Job Category: Professionals and Higher Categories
Recruitment Type: External
Employment Schedule: Full time
Publication Date: 6/12/18
Closing Date: 7/12/18
# of Openings: 1

  Annual Basic Salary (net of taxes):

Basic Salary: 59,151.00

 Annual Post Adjustment (net of taxes):

Post Adjustment: 27,860.00

Description

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Within limits of authority delegated by the Executive Secretary, and under the direct supervision of the Assistant Executive Secretary for Monitoring, Promotion and Technical Cooperation on Human Rights;

  • Coordinate the monitoring of human rights situations by theme and country comprised in a Monitoring Section;
  • Gather information on the political, legal and human rights situation in OAS member states; draft formal requests for information on human rights to Member States;
  • Produce and deliver, within the target timeframes established by the Executive Secretariat, press releases on human rights issues;
  • Work directly with IACHR country and thematic rapporteurs for the member states assigned to the section;
  • Organize on-site visits, and country and thematic reports concerning the member states assigned to the section;
  • Produce and deliver, within the target timeframes established by the Executive Secretariat, materials related to the sessions of the IACHR and its public hearings, including preparatory documents for hearings, workings meetings, promotional activities, technical cooperation agreements, and special memoranda as requested by the Assistant Executive Secretary;
  • Provide specialized legal opinions and recommendations to the Assistant Executive Secretary relating to the processing of petitions and cases, the preparation of admissibility and merits reports, systemic issues and patterns arising from petitions and cases; as well as provide specialized legal opinions for the section's input in relation to cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and, as requested by the Executive Secretary, participate in hearings before the Court in cases concerning the member states comprised in the section's mandate;
  • Provide specialized legal opinions for the section's input in relation to evaluations prepared by the IACHR registry in petitions concerning the member states assigned to the section;
  • Provide advice to the Assistant Executive Secretary in relation to the design and implementation of working methodologies common to all IACHR sections;
  • Provide specialized legal opinions for the section's input in relation to evaluations prepared by the Protection Group in matters concerning the member states assigned to the section;
  • Produce and deliver inputs for internal and external reports, among them, the IACHR Annual Report, the Executive Secretary's reports, the inputs to General Secretariat reports, Summits of the Americas and reports to donor agencies;
  • Participate during the sessions of the IACHR in which section reports are discussed, providing such input as the Commission may deem necessary;
  • Contribute to activities concerning knowledge management and information sharing skills;
  • As requested by the Assistant Executive Secretary, maintain communications with representatives of the member states comprised in the section's mandate, as well as petitioners, organizations of civil society and other stakeholders in relation to the section's portfolio; and report to the Assistant Executive Secretary any communications requiring top management attention;
  • Review all correspondence received concerning the Section, and promptly issue the required instructions for correspondence and/or action;
  • Upon planning carried out by the Assistant Executive Secretary, draft country andthematic reports on selected issues;
  • Carry out legal research and legal analyses requested by the Assistant Executive Secretary;
  • Develop content for project formulation for presentation to potential donors, and provide reports on current project’s performance and outputs completion;
  • Upon request by the Executive Secretary or the Assistant Executive Secretary, participate in meetings, conferences and other academic or promotion activities;
  • Coordinate, supervise and review the work and performance of personnel assigned to the section, and;
  • Perform such other duties as may be required in furtherance of the work of section and the implementation of the mandate of the IACHR.

QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: 

Essential: Juris Doctor or First University Degree (Bachelor) in Law, International Public Law, Human Rights, Political Science, or Sociology issued by a duly accredited institution and 7 years of relevant experience at the national or international level OR Advanced University Degree (Master) in one of the above fields issued by a duly accredited institution and 4 years of relevant experience OR Doctorate issued by a duly accredited institution and 1 year of relevant experience.

Desirable:  Experience or knowledge of the OAS mandate and priorities as related to the area of work and/or the dynamics of the Inter-American agenda and system. Experience in the analysis of human rights topics, judicial systems, and sociopolitical aspects of the member states; demonstrated teaching and negotiation skills. Project Management certification.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Ability to effectively work using Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, and Excel), and other software applicable to the area of work.

LANGUAGES:

Essential – Proficient in English and Spanish (read, write and communicate). Language proficiency examination will be required.

Desirable – Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese.

PERSONAL COMPETENCIES: Client Orientation, Knowledge Sharing, Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills, Managing and Coaching Staff, Strategic Planning, Encouraging Innovation, and Decision Making/Judgment. Ability to clearly communicate in the languages required for the post.

The OAS is committed to achieving a diverse staff and therefore will take into account a wide geographic representation as well as gender equity and equality in the selection of candidates.

Please note that the mandatory retirement age for staff members at the General Secretariat of the OAS is 65.





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