Under the supervision of the London-based Head of Human Rights, the Human Rights Adviser will support Commonwealth Small States (CSS) specifically and Commonwealth member states generally, while taking a senior role in advancing the Commonwealth’s voice, visibility and dialogue on human rights issues and discourse in Geneva.
The successful candidate will monitor and participate in developments pertaining to international human rights mechanisms based in Geneva and assist CSS with technical human rights expertise, and support the delivery of Human Rights Unit’s (HRU) technical assistance and capacity development interventions. The Human Rights Adviser will liaise at a senior level with government officials and various international, regional and national human rights teams and UN agencies to further strengthen and develop partnerships.
Your tasks will include taking a senior role in advancing the Commonwealth’s voice, visibility and dialogue on human rights issues and debates in Geneva; supporting and liaising with the Head of Human Rights in the setting of strategic priorities for engagement with counterparts and UN agencies in Geneva; attending meetings/forums/events and representing the Secretariat as appropriate; establishing, maintaining and strengthening partnerships and other working relationships with key agencies in Geneva; and undertaking project and budget management and reporting in respect of Geneva-based activities. Please refer to the Terms of Reference for full details.
To be considered for this opportunity, you will need a qualification at post-graduate level, in a discipline relevant to human rights. Preferred subjects include human rights, development, law, politics, international relations or social policy You will also need:
- At least 9 years’ experience, at national and international levels, in implementing and promoting human rights;
- At least 6 years’ experience in delivering human rights training and capacity development interventions; development of training curricula and programmes; working with the Universal Periodic Review mechanism relative to governments, NHRIs, parliaments and civil society organizations;
- Demonstrable knowledge of Geneva-based human rights mechanisms including treaty bodies, special procedures, Universal Periodic Review and the Human Rights Council;
- Experience in human rights research and training at national and international level;
- Experience in drafting and developing project proposals;
- Good understanding of human rights issues and challenges of small states;
- Good working knowledge of the methods, dynamics, politics, and mandate of the UN to protect and promote human rights;
- Experience in the promotion of human rights in more than three countries and in more than one region of the Commonwealth;
- Experience of addressing different audiences such as government officials, diplomatic staff, parliamentarians, civil society, inter-governmental agencies - in writing and in person;
- At least five years’ experience in human rights advocacy with governments, specifically within the Commonwealth;
Please apply by clicking the apply button below. You will need to submit a CV and a covering letter.
Please note that we are only able to accept applications from Commonwealth citizens.