This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Kabul. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Protection of Civilians and Child Protection and the overall guidance of the Chief of Human Rights Service, UNAMA, the Associate Human Rights Officer will perform a wide range of activities related to the Child Protection work of the Human Rights Service at Kabul Headquarters.
Within the delegated authority, the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for undertaking the duties related to the protection of civilians and child protection in armed conflict.
- Researches, collects, verifies, analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information, including from open sources, of relevance to human rights in the designated mission area;
- Participates in discussions with relevant authorities and other influential actors with a view to stop or prevent human rights violations, seek remedial action by the authorities and prevent similar violations from occurring in the future, in particular the six grave violations against children;
- Assists in liaising with appropriate local and national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to monitor developments in the human rights situation affecting children;
- Monitors the national legal systems, their compliance with international human rights instruments and progress towards implementation of the Action Plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in the Afghan national security forces, as well as the implementation of recommendations by UN human rights bodies;
- Assists in the development of initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses, in particular those affecting children;
- Participates in the investigations of human rights and international humanitarian law violations;
- Drafts variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications relating to human rights matters in compliance with established standards;
- Contributes to the formulation of meaningful recommendations, creative projects and advocacy strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area, particularly in the area of child protection;
- Contributes to the mainstreaming of human rights in the formulation and implementation of the UN mission and UN agency activities at country and local levels;
- Supports the integration of human rights in humanitarian action through participating in emergency preparedness and response activities, including in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
- Coordinates effectively with child protection actors concerning advocacy strategies and responses addressing key incidents and trends;
- Assists in supporting human rights capacity building efforts for civil society and state authorities, including for aligning legislative and rule of law reforms with international human rights norms and for the State to meet international human rights law obligations;
- Supports national authorities in their implementation of recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council;
- Participates in the design, delivery and evaluation of human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders in order to build national capacities;
- Ensures the timely entry of accurate and verified cases of human rights violations into a database in compliance with established standards;
- Contributes to the Integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities and to the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
- Integrates UN developed methodology in the human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities;
- Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, analyze information and draft human rights reports. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes 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.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in human rights or a related area is required. Experience working with national authorities is required. Experience drafting reports on human rights or related issues is required.
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