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Junior Professional Officer in Human Rights (Environmentally Sound Waste Management)

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The objective of this JPO post is to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes. 

Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Special Procedures Branch and the direct supervision of the Chief of the SHDS, the incumbent will contribute by:

• researching a broad range of issues relating to the sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes including constitutional provisions, legislation, administrative regulations, policies, and practices, and prepare analytical briefs and assessment reports for the Special Rapporteur's review and decisions on follow-up actions;
• drafting of a wide range of documents, notably correspondence with Governments, in follow-up to information submitted to the Special Rapporteur from individuals, groups, and other stakeholders, on the sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, as well as briefing notes and talking points to assist the Special Rapporteur to participate in key events and media releases;
• preparing country visits of the Special Rapporteur, most notably, timely preparation of comprehensive country-assessments, designing the programme of the visit with all parties involved, handling logistics related to interpretation, budget and transport as per UN rules and regulations and accompany the Special Rapporteur as required;
• assist in the organization of consultations and other expert meetings to inform the Special Rapporteur's thematic research;
• ensure that routine correspondence is tracked and responded to as well as maintenance of the Special Rapporteur's outreach tools, most notably its webpage;
• other tasks as required by her/his supervisors in order to ensure comprehensive and effective support of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and participate in activities carried out by the Branch and Office as a whole. 

On completion of the assignment, the JPO will:
• Support a thematic special procedure mandate of the Human Rights Council. • Research, analyse and draft outputs on issues relating to the sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes; • Draft formal communications, notably with Governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations or with individuals, in relation to a special procedure mandate. • Prepare country visits and draft country visits reports • Design advocacy and awareness raising activities related to the mandate • Explain to a wide range of stakeholders what the special procedures mechanisms are and what the mandate of the Special Rapporteur is.

The JPO Programme includes the following learning elements:
• On-arrival briefing in Geneva, Switzerland • Possibility to participate in an orientation programme for Junior Professional Officers at United Nations System Staff College • Possibility to participate in the Organization's learning and development programmes for staff at all levels. Programmes are aimed at developing core values, core and managerial competencies and promoting a shared organizational culture and values • The JPO position includes a Duty travel and training allowance (DTTA) of $4000 per year which may be used for learning activities related to the assignment and career development. 

Advanced university degree or equivalent theoretical knowledge in international law, including human rights law, political science or environmental studies/ waste management. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 

Working Experience:
Minimum 2 to maximum 4 years of relevant working experience in human rights. Internships and voluntary work may be considered at 50% if deemed relevant. 

Fluency in English is required; good knowledge of French or Spanish is highly desirable; and good knowledge of another UN official language is an asset. 

Other skills:
Good theoretical knowledge of UN human rights mechanisms, preferably including knowledge or experience of standards and mandates relevant to special procedures and knowledge of procedural aspects of United Nations human rights mechanisms is desirable. Knowledge of environmental issues, including issues related to the sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes is an asset. 

Key competencies:
Professionalism: good knowledge of human rights and awareness of issues related to trafficking in persons. Basic knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, procedures and guidelines related to human rights, in particular Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Excellent analytical and research skills, keen attention to detail, and accuracy and thoroughness of output. Strong analytical, research and drafting skills. Ability to address logistical and politically sensitive matters with regard to country missions. Ability to support and advise independent experts. Ability to incorporate gender perspectives in all areas of work.

Communication: Strong communication skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style, and to deliver presentations to external audiences as necessary. Demonstrated openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 

Teamwork: Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with respect for diversity. Ability to work jointly with other staff in sharing the support for multiple mandates.

Planning and Organizing: Ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, respond to competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines. 

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