£88,447 p.a. + benefits
The Commonwealth Secretariat seeks to appoint an Adviser and Head, Human Rights Unit in our Governance and Peace (GPD) Directorate. The Human Rights Unit (HRU) supports Commonwealth member states by strengthening their national capacity to promote and protect the human rights of their citizens in accordance with international law and standards as well as the Commonwealth Charter. The HRU’s mandate and annual work-plan is derived from the Commonwealth Secretariat’s four-year Strategic Plan as well as decisions taken by Commonwealth Heads of Government
The Head of HRU works with representatives of Commonwealth member governments, national human rights institutions and other national institutions to advance the effective and sustainable promotion and protection of human rights and Commonwealth values as outlined in the Commonwealth Charter. The Head of HRU leads in the design, development and delivery of capacity-building and advocacy initiatives which meet the requirements of member states and which reflect the Commonwealth Secretariat’s ‘trusted partner’ approach. The Head of HRU is also the Secretariat’s lead adviser on human rights matters, and represents and advocates for shared Commonwealth perspectives internationally as required including in the UN human rights system and with other international and intergovernmental organisations. The Head of HRU is also responsible for building and maintaining relationships with relevant Commonwealth accredited organisations to promote the advancement of human rights in the Commonwealth.
Responsibilities of the Adviser and Head, Human Rights Unit includes (but is not limited to):
Please refer to the Job Description for full details of the responsibilities of this position.
To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.
To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.