Wednesday, December 9, 2009

UNMIT, National Human Rights Officer (NPO), Deadline December 28, 2009.

UNITED NATIONS                         NATIONS UNIES
United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

National Human Rights Officer (NPO)  

National Human Rights Officer (NPO)
Human Rights and Transitional Justice Section
Coordinator of the Monitoring and Protection Unit
Date of Issue:
08 December 2009
Deadline of Application:
28 December 2009

The National Professional Officer will be responsible for the coordination, supervision and planning of the activities of the national human rights officers. S/he will monitor, report on human rights developments and intervene in relation to issues of human rights concern. S/he will be responsible for liaison with local authorities and members of civil society. S/he will be involved in strengthening the capacity of civil society actors to carry out human rights monitoring as well as promotional and educational activities. With the support of staff of the Monitoring and Protection Unit, the NPO will:
Coordinate, supervise, and plan activities of other national staff of the Monitoring Unit, in particular in relation to protection issues; Assist as required with monitoring the human rights situation, especially with regard to the situation of vulnerable groups; Assist as required with coordination of the Protection Cluster, including making meeting arrangements and taking and preparing minutes, as well as other administrative tasks where required; Assist as required with support to Protection Working Groups in Dili and districts, including making meeting arrangements, taking and preparing minutes, ensuring timely notification of all actors regarding meeting time and place, and providing substantive support to co-lead and cluster members in such areas as development of a coordinated protection strategy or protection advocacy strategy, assessment of possible training needs of local actors, and establishment of the meeting agenda in accordance with the interests and needs of the local actors; Assist as required in conducting and recording interviews with victims of human rights violations, and other relevant actors; Intervene in relation to specific cases or issues of concerns with relevant authorities or entities; Provide timely and detailed reporting on all activities and issues of concern to the relevant units at the Head Office; Contribute to weekly, monthly and other reports as necessary; Liaise with local human rights workers, including NGOs, local journalists, members of the church and political parties; Represent the Section in meetings at the local level; Keep informed of key developments which impact on human rights; Provide input to discussions on the formulation of strategies to address ongoing human rights violations and protection concerns; Assist as required in strengthening the capacity of members of civil society in carrying out human rights protection activities, such as those associated with supporting the establishment of Protection Working Groups in the Districts, and update the Civil Society Strengthening Team on such activities and on any additional training needs identified; Attend monthly Human Rights meetings and trainings in Dili and attend human rights training for staff as required; Other tasks as directed by the Head of the Monitoring and Protection Unit.


Professionalism – Political awareness and diplomacy. Good understanding of and experience in dealing with civil society organizations and members, government officials, and international actors. Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure; Leadership/judgement and decision making – Strong skills to develop strategies to accomplish objectives and conduct sound analysis of key human rights issues and determine appropriate course of action; Communication - Excellent written and oral communication skills; Planning and organizing – Excellent coordination and management skills. Capacity to identify priorities. Allocate appropriate time and resources to complete work, allowing for contingencies; use time efficiently;


Education- University Degree in Law, Political or Social Science, International Relations or a related field; Work Experience - At least two (2) years relevant work experience. Knowledge of human rights standards, the rules governing their protection and the mechanisms available in case of their violation. Understanding of protection principles and/or experience with humanitarian action a major asset; Language - Fluency in written and spoken Tetum; Excellent written and spoken English; Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesia desirable;

The applicants must present:
Application letter indicating the VA Number (VA N-TL-09-034); Curriculum Vitae; UN application Form (P.11) available in Main Gate of Obrigado Barracks, UNMIT HQ; Copies of school and University Certificates as well of any other training related to the requirements of   the position; Baptismal or Birth certificate. Please ensure all relevant work experience is reflected on the P11 form.

Please submit your application only if you meet the qualifications and requirements mentioned above.

The United Nations strongly encourages applications from qualified women candidates.

Application must be submitted to UNMIT Headquarters, Obrigado Barracks (Attention: Local Personnel Section), Or via E-mail to or
Deadline: Monday, 28 December 2009