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United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office In Sierra Leone Local Vacancy Announcement
May 6, 2009, 17:06
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Post Title and Level: National Professional Human Rights Officer, PO-C (Human Rights)
Section & Location: Human Rights and the Rule of Law Section, Freetown.
DUTY STATIONS: MAKENI, Northern Province 1 Post KENEMA, Eastern Province 1 Post
VA#: NPO/03/2009

Deadline: 11 May 2009
Date of Issuance: 04 May 2009

There are only 2 NPO Positions. Applicants must specify the duty station that they are interested in.

Applicants cannot apply for both Duty stations.

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

The Human Rights and Rule of Law Section of UNIPSIL will assist in strengthening national capacities for the promotion and protection of human rights, especially through building the capacities of the national Human Rights Commission; help the Government to formulate a national plan of action for human rights and to comply with its reporting obligations under international treaty bodies. The Section will engage in monitoring, investigation, documentation and reporting on the human rights situation in the country including public reports. The unit will also work on strengthening the rule of law, developing the capacity of the justice system, facilitating access to justice, advising on the constitutional review process and developing alternative means of dispute resolution.

The Section is looking for suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of National Professional Human Rights Officer (NPO). The incumbent of the post will support initiatives aimed at building national capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights, monitoring, investigation, documentation and reporting on the human rights situation in the country; facilitating the implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and assisting Government and the concerned national stakeholders in establishing, in a participatory manner, their own priorities, benchmarks, monitoring instruments, and capacities for the implementation of programmes aimed at addressing challenges to peace, development, and the protection of human rights.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Head of the Human Rights & Rule of Law Section or a designated Human Rights Officer, the incumbent will support the Sections efforts in carrying out the mandated tasks by performing the following functions:

Plan, organize and coordinate activities in area of deployment related to the human Rights mandate of the Section
Research, monitor, investigate and collect information pertaining to human rights matters in the area of deployment.
Prepare reports on daily, weekly and monthly basis on such monitoring activities, including thematic reports on specific human rights issues.
Intervene, where necessary, through relevant institutions and appropriate mechanisms or procedures at the local levels to address human rights issues.
Provide technical and advisory services to the National Human Rights Commission.
Plan, organize and conduct training and capacity building programs in all aspects of human rights for the relevant stakeholders in area of deployment.
Provide support to Human Rights Committees in the area of deployment in furtherance of training and capacity buildings programs as well as sensitization on human rights.
Organize and conduct sensitization programs on the TRC reports and recommendations in the area of deployment.
Develop work plan for area of responsibility within the terms of reference of the overall work plan of the Section.
Facilitate and promote dialogue with the community and promote the advancement of human rights including womens rights and empowerment
Prepare and contribute to regular internal and external reports in accordance with the Sections reporting requirements.
Supervise and or provide guidance to National Human Rights Assistants in area of assignment
Carry out other duties as may be assigned by the Head of the Section or other immediate supervisor.


Professionalism Good and practical Knowledge of a range of human rights standards and principles, at both national, regional and international, and how to implement and monitor their implementation. Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems. i.e. political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc; causing civil unrest or potential to cause civil unrest and unravel the peace in the country or geographic area. Good analytic and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned region/Country.

Communication- Strong communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style, to deliver training presentations to external audiences, to build/maintain effective partnerships.

Planning and Organizing- Ability to identify problems, develop work plans, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines. Ability to supervise .

Technology Awareness- Good computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, other and relevant software packages.

Teamwork- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


Masters degree or equivalent, preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines relating to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced University degree.

Work Experience

At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at national and or international levels in the human rights field, and particularly a solid experience in designing and implementing training and capacity building programs in the area of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Demonstrated experience in the development of curricula, materials, organizing and conducting training programs directed at the civil society and Government institutions including the Police, Prisons, Military, and local Government is required. Also required is a solid experience in field monitoring, including investigation fact finding and reporting. Experience in national institutions and related human rights protection activities, including the training of paralegals and establishment of effective legal aid programs will be advantageous. Good knowledge of the country of assignment, to include knowledge of the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights is essential. Languages

Proficiency in English and Creole and at least one other local language of the geographic area of assignment is required.

Specific requirement.

Applicant must possess a valid drivers license as at the time of the interview, if and when shortlisted and must be willing to accept assignment in the Provinces.


Candidate that previously applied to this position need not to re-apply

UN P.11 (UN Personal History Form) can be collected at UNIPSIL HQ Hotel

Mammy Yoko, Aberdeen, Freetown.

Applications including covering note, P.11 (UN Personal History Form) should be forwarded to the National Staff Unit of the Civilian Personnel Section/UNIPSIL,

Mammy Yoko Hotel, Aberdeen, Freetown. Room 306.

Applications can also be sent on line to

Please indicate the VA number at the top left-hand corner of the envelope.

Applications received after 11 May 2009 by (close of business) will not be considered.


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