Programme Associate vacancy - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Moldova

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Background

OHCHR field presence in Moldova assists the UN RC Office, UN Country Team in Moldova, the Government and civil society in promoting human rights and implementing human rights-based approach. It works closely with the UNCT on capacity building and mainstreaming human rights in their work, as well as providing support in their engagement with national actors on human rights, including advising national authorities upon request.

According to the 2018-2021 Country Programme, OHCHR field presence in Moldova is to develop its activities based on the following framework pillars: a) Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations; b) Increasing the implementation of the international human rights mechanisms outcomes; c) Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; d) Integrating human rights in sustainable development; e) Enhancing and protecting civic space and people’s participation.

The expected results for activities under each of the pillars are: a) Laws, policies and practices increasingly address, prevent and reduce human rights violations in the context of law enforcement and justice; b) National institutional structures facilitate an integrated and participatory approach to reporting to the human rights mechanism and the implementation of their recommendations; c) Laws, policies and practices more effectively combat discrimination in all forms and responsible authorities actively work at implementing the “leave no one behind” principle by addressing the root causes of inequality; d) National institutions assisted by communities systematically collect, disaggregate and use data relevant for advancing human rights when they monitor and implement sustainable development goals; e) Civil society assistance to victims of human rights violations is strengthened and victims of human rights violations-most notably women and youth with disabilities, as well as women surviving sexual violence increasingly engage with national and international protection systems.

In order to achieve the results described above OHCHR field presence in Moldova will work towards 1. Raising awareness, improving knowledge and building capacities of the state stakeholders as well as civil society on the effective enforcement of the international standards in the filed of combatting torture and ill treatment, rights of ethnolinguistic minorities as well as rights of persons with disabilities; 2. Providing expertise and advice towards setting up and enhancing the functionality of the key national human rights mechanisms; 3. Raising awareness, improving knowledge and building capacities of CSOs, individuals, NHRIs, and UNCT to prepare quality submissions towards UN human rights mechanisms and effectively advocate and promote them; 4. Provide expertise and advice, raise awareness for an improved anti-discrimination policy framework; 5. Raise awareness, enhance knowledge and build capacities of policy makers, data producers, rights-holders and NHRIs to deliver new segments of disaggregated data; 6. Raise awareness, improve knowledge and build capacities of selected groups of vulnerable rights-holders - most notably people with disabilities towards their effective engagement with public policy and law-making, including via an established structured civil society monitoring mechanism over the implementation of UN human rights recommendations and National Human Rights Action Plan.

The incumbent will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the National Human Rights Coordinator and the National Human Rights Officer.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with other members of the OHCHR country team for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex program/project-related issues and information delivery.

In his/her work the incumbent is expected to manifest organizational awareness, self-discipline and to keep track of the deadlines for the activities assigned. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with applicable programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within the delegated mandate, the Programs Associate will be responsible for assisting the National Human Rights Coordinator and the National Human Rights Officer in achieving the results set in the annual working plan of the OHCHR field presence inter alia through:

  • Organize meetings, communicate with state and non-state stakeholders in relation to the organization of those meetings;
  • Participate at meetings and other activities organized by the Office, take notes and systemize them on the digital platforms available;
  • Draft letters and other written communications as requested by the National Human Rights Officer and National Human Rights Coordinator;
  • Hold the archive of the Office’s workflow;
  • Draft inputs for the documents developed within the Office;
  • Insure the administration of the social network page of the Office;
  • Building-up photo and video content on OHCHR platforms;
  • Participate at the meetings as delegated, especially between the communications and campaigns officers from other UN agencies and update the National Human Rights Coordinator and National Human Rights Officer on the outcome of those meetings;
  • Participating in UN Communications Group;
  • Assist the Office in translating the current working documents in English and Russian;
  • Monitor and analyze current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends and updates the OHCHR team on them.

In addition, the incumbent will support other Office’s activities as requested by the National Human Rights Coordinator.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Adheres to the core values of the United Nations; in particular, is respectful of differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other status.
  • Exerts strict adherence to corporate rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Self-development, demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human rights standards, national institutional context in the field of human rights promotion. Strong knowledge of the CSOs environment in Republic of Moldova. Ability to draft official letters and other written communications. Ability to develop concept notes and agendas for the events. Awareness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University degree in law, international relations or sociology or other related field.

Experience:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in administrative/coordination and/or programme/project work;
  • Experience in law (working on human rights issues), international relations, public administration or related area would be an asset;
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, consulting company, or NGO is an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian;
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language would be an asset.

Disclaimer

UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both male and female.

UNDP is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Online applications can be submitted by registered users only. Self-registration link is available at the next page and requires candidates to provide a valid email address.

To learn more and apply for this and other positions please visit our site at: http://www.md.undp.org/content/moldova/en/home/jobs.htm

Application deadline: 18 November 2018




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