Job: Human Rights Advisor, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Lilongwe

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Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in Malawi. The incumbent will report to the UN Resident Coordinator in the country of assignment and to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights through the  Chief of Africa Branch, Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) of Malawi, and the functional support and guidance of the OHCHR, the Human Rights Adviser (HRA) will perform the following functions: 

Support the UNRC and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in integrating human rights into their programmes and activities, in particular the UNDAF and other key strategic planning tools, including by building UNCT capacities to apply a human rights-based approach to their programmes and activities, conducting situational assessments and a mapping of UNCT capacities and needs, facilitating country-level coordination and acting as a resource person in programme activities implemented by the UNCT; 

advise the UNRC and the UNCT in developing strategies and programmes to build and strengthen national capacities and institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights, based on assessment of national context, capacities and priorities and facilitate access to specific human rights expertise, including by drawing from human rights resources and tools available; 

support the UNRC and the UNCT in promoting human rights as a common UN value and upholding international norms and standards through advocacy and awareness-raising, while bearing in mind that the UNRC and the HRA do not have a public monitoring function; 

where applicable, advise on integrating human rights in the humanitarian response and post-crisis recovery under the direction of the RC/Humanitarian Coordinator, should a humanitarian emergency be declared in the country of assignment; 

support the UNRC and UNCT and national partners in their engagement with international human rights mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, as well as those under relevant international instruments of specialized agencies, including by supporting the dissemination and sharing of information, coordinating or facilitating the UNCT’s contributions and programmatic follow-up to the recommendations of these bodies, and helping the UNCT to provide timely and effective support to relevant country missions of Special Procedures mandate holders and other UN mechanisms; 

upon request, and under the direct supervision and guidance of the UNRC, provide advice, training and technical assistance to the Government and other national stakeholders with a view to further catalysing coordinated UN responses in order to strengthen national capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights, including follow up to recommendations from the human rights mechanisms; 

and perform other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, including: approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex issues; very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights including the human rights mechanisms and treaties; operational activities for development, peace and security and humanitarian affairs and good knowledge of and experience in development programming. Comprehensive knowledge of the region or country of assignment, including its human rights and political situation, as well as its culture, history and traditions; demonstrated ability to complete in-depth analysis and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights issues; good political judgement and advocacy skills and the ability to understand and respond to sensitive and complex political and social events; ability to describe human rights issues and perspectives, including gender issues. 

COMMUNICATION:  Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style, to deliver presentations to external audiences, to build/maintain effective partnerships. 

TEAMWORK: Excellent interpersonal and proven negotiating skills; Ability to establish and maintain trust and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. 

VISION: In-depth understanding of the RC and UNCTs system and policies on the integration of human rights into the UN work at the country level and ability to transform this understanding into a results-oriented work programme, including through facilitating linkages between the normative work of the international human rights system and the operational work of the UN system in development and other areas. 

LEADERSHIP: Proven ability to provide effective leadership and transfer advice and knowledge to external partners, stakeholders, senior officials and staff at all levels; Proven ability to plan and organize the work of a unit/office and provide advice and guidance to others; Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in law, political science, international relations or other related field. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience at the national and international levels in the field of human rights, with development and/or humanitarian experience. Knowledge of the African region would be a strong asset.
Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Assessment Method
The candidates will be assessed through a written test and a competency based interview.
Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures. 
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
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.
No Fee

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