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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the following job opening at the level of Assistant Secretary-General:

Deputy High Commissioner, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Post Title and Level:  Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, ASG

Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland

Organization Unit: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


The Deputy High Commissioner, who is accountable to the High Commissioner and acts as Officer-in-charge during his or her absence, carries out specific substantive and administrative assignments as decided by the High Commissioner, including:


Professionalism:  Expert knowledge in organizational management; proven ability to oversee the production of complex reports and papers on technical issues; ability to guide the work of others. Well demonstrated negotiating and diplomatic skills
Planning and organizing: Proven ability to plan and organize work, requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and ability to integrate the work of the Branch/Service/Division into the Division’s work programme.
Communication: Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff,  senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful. Ability to maintain effective relationships with outside collaborators and other contacts, including representatives of Member States and the public.
Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, including diverse gender identity and sexual orientation.  Proven ability to lead and gain assistance of others in a team endeavour.
Gender mainstreaming:  Ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and identity into substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing.

Managerial Competencies:

Judgment/Decision-making – Mature judgment and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact; proven ability to provide strategic direction, to plan and establish priorities, and to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve goals.
Leadership - Proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills and ability to delegate appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority.  Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills.  Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing change initiatives including the analysis of complex human resources, budgetary, financial or administrative management policy and programmatic issues.
Managing Performance: Ability to lead and supervise staff. Ability to coach, mentor and develop staff. Capacity to motivate staff and encourage good performance, to co-ordinate and monitor the work of others.
Building trust - Reputation for dealing honestly and openly with issues and staff; recognized and highly respected by peers, clients and staff.
Vision - Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicate links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.  Establish/identify and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.


Education:    Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) preferably in law, business administration, public administration, social science, finance, or related area. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Experience:  At least 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions in human rights or a related field, with particular focus on financial or human resource management in large, multicultural institutions, such as international organizations, governments or NGOs as well as programme and project planning and analyses, and budgeting. Proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills. 

Language:    Fluency in oral and written English or French with a knowledge of the other; knowledge of an additional official United Nations language is an advantage

Other Desirable Skills:   Comprehensive knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures and operations.

Candidates may submit by e-mail a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the High Commissioner at dhc-ohchr@ohchr.org by 25 September 2015.