Senior Human Rights Officer, P5

UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Sep 07

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is found in the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), a special political mission supporting the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC). The post is in the Technical Expertise and Research Branch, Human Rights/1624/CVE Cluster, and the incumbent reports to the Chief of Branch.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Formulates human rights strategies, including from a gender equality perspective; develops a vision or direction for the work of the human rights unit and creates the conditions for implementing that vision or direction.
  • Participates in and supports CTC visits to Member States to report on their compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions and to make recommendations on follow-up action, with particular reference to human rights.
  • Advises the Executive Director on human rights matters.
  • Represents the Executive Director on matters of human rights.
  • Designs, develops and implements significant policy and program changes to address regional or global human rights issues, including their gender dimensions.
  • Formulates the programme of work of the unit and participates in the overall formulation and approval of the CTED programme of work..
  • Prepares human rights reports on key developments.
  • Develops and maintains relations with government officials and advises them on issues of relevance to counter-terrorism and human rights. Coordinates and oversees human rights research initiatives.
  • Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises other human rights officers.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



  • Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues relevant to counter-terrorism, including approaches and techniques to address and advise on highly sensitive and complex problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the region or countries. Original thinking, independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major issues and problems. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. , 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.
  • 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.

Managerial Competencies:

  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
  • Experience in counter-terrorism and human rights is desirable.


  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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