Human Rights Specialist – P01

Grade: P01
Type of Appointment: Series A - Short Term
Duration of Contract: 12 months
Secretary/Department/Off.: Ex. Sec-Inter-American Commission on Human Rights –Tech & Adm Support Unit
Announcement Number: ST-EO/27/18
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: 36,347.00

 Annual Post Adjustment (net of taxes):

Post Adjustment: 17,119.00



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;

  • Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Executive Secretary, the Specialist gathers information on the political, legal and human rights situation of OAS member states;
  • Provides technical support to the organization of the on-site, promotional and work visits conducted by the Commission: develops draft program of activities; manages logistical arrangements; facilitates meetings between Commission members and Government officials, representatives of local non-governmental organizations and other groups, such as alleged victims and their relatives; and works on draft reports or sections of reports and recommendations for review and approval by senior staff for publication pending Commission approval;
  • When necessary, supports  the monitoring, collecting, and systematization of information concerning country and thematic issues managed by the Rapporteurships and specialized units;
  • Manages the correspondence of the Secretariat for Monitoring, Promotion and Technical Cooperation on Human Rights, which includes its preparation, organization and archiving as requested by the Assistant Executive Secretary;
  • Supports the preparation of materials related to the periods of sessions of the IACHR as requested by the Assistant Executive Secretary. This includes preparing fact sheets for country and thematic hearings and meetings; updating such fact sheets for general use of Commissioners; and supporting the updating process of the webpages related to the thematic Rapporteurships and Units;
  • Prepares memoranda, technical notes, meeting minutes, reports and others documents as requested by the Assistant Executive Secretary;
  • Controls information related to the indicators and projects of the Assistant Executive Secretariat for Monitoring, Promotion and Technical Cooperation on Human Rights;
  • As assigned, prepares and translates requests for information related to the human rights situation to Member States;
  • Provides support to the organization of promotional activities such as seminars and conferences on human rights issues, as well as the preparation of follow-up reports, evaluations, and documents;
  • Performs other job-related duties as required.


Education & Experience:

Essential: Juris Doctor or First University Degree (Bachelor) in Law, International Public Law, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, Business Administration, or Sociology issued by a duly accredited institution AND 1 year of relevant experience in similar positions at the national and/or international level. Knowledge of the principles and theories of international public law and human rights law.

Desirable:  Experience or knowledge of the OAS mandates and priorities as related to the area of work and/or the dynamics of the Inter-American agenda and system.

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


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. 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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