SENIOR LEVEL VACANCIES
The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the following job opening at the level of Under-Secretary-General:
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 48/141, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and approved by the General Assembly, with due regard to geographical rotation for a fixed term of four years with a possibility of one renewal for another fixed term of four years.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is accountable to the Secretary-General and is
- Responsible for all the activities of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as well as for its administration;
- Carries out the functions specifically assigned to him or her by the General Assembly in its resolution 48/141 of 20 December 1993 and subsequent resolutions of policy-making bodies;
- Advises the Secretary-General on the policies of the United Nations in the area of human rights;
- Ensures that substantive and administrative support is given to the projects, activities, organs and bodies of the human rights programme;
- Represents the Secretary-General at meetings of human rights organs and at other human rights events; and carries out special assignments as decided by the Secretary-General.
In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Secretariat would welcome any applications to supplement the Secretary-General’s own search and consultations. The Secretariat would especially welcome applications of female candidates.
The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:
- Impeccable personal and professional integrity;
- Strong diplomatic and political skills;
- Demonstrated extensive knowledge of human rights issues and challenges derived from experience of leadership in an academic, governmental, inter-governmental and/or non-governmental setting;
- Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations;
- Ability to build consensus and stimulate effective campaigns among a broad spectrum of people and organizations, on main human rights issues;
- Ability to be a powerful and convincing advocate on all aspects of human rights worldwide within the United Nations system, including charter- and treaty-based human rights bodies, and with Governments, national institutions and civil society organizations, as well as the wider public;
- An excellent understanding of the United Nations system and mechanisms, including peacekeeping, humanitarian and development settings and challenges.
Individuals who are either nominated by Member States or who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short listed, to complete a self attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.
All applications should include curriculum vitae and must be sent to the Secretariat by 17 March 2014. Applications may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org