Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 2 years
Closing Date: 20 Aug 2012
Under supervision of the London-based Head of Human Rights, the Human Rights Adviser serves as a key focal point for Commonwealth on human rights related issues in Geneva. This post supports Commonwealth small states specifically and member states generally; monitors and participates in developments at the UN Human Rights Council including its Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Body mechanisms. The adviser will initiate, develop and strengthen partnerships and assist small states to increase awareness and implementation of internationally recognised human rights standards. The person appointed will liaise at a senior level with government officials and international, regional and national human rights teams and UN agencies.
Initially the Human Rights Adviser will be based in London for a period of approximately 3 months' induction. The Human Rights Adviser will need to travel to London periodically and work with supervision of the Head of Human Rights. This post, located in the Small States Office (SSO), is expected to engage on human rights work in Geneva, including the UN Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, Treaty Bodies, UN and Inter-Governmental agencies and with international civil society actors.
To succeed in this role, you will need a post-graduate qualification in a discipline relevant to human rights. Preferred subjects include human rights, development, law, politics, international relations or social policy.
Additionally, you will need:
The Small States Office in Geneva aims to increase effective engagement of Commonwealth small states in human rights mechanisms, discourse and decisions that are Geneva-based, among other objectives.