Wednesday, May 12, 2010

UNMIT, National Human Rights Officer, Deadline May 25, 2010.

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

National Human Rights Officer – Transitional Justice

POST TITLE National Human Rights Officer – Transitional Justice (1 Post)
SECTION: Human Rights and Transitional Justice Section
REPORTING TO: International Human Rights Officer – Transitional Justice
Date of Issue: 11 May 2010
Deadline of Application: 25 May 2010

The National Human Rights Officer will assist the International Human Rights Officer in all aspects of his/her work related to justice and reconciliation in Timor-Leste, with a focus on follow up to the reports of the UN Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste, the Commission on Truth, Reception and Reconciliation (CAVR), the Commission for Truth and Friendship (CTF) and the Commission of Experts on the serious crimes processes related to the crimes committed in 1999.
Assist the government and key stakeholders in designing and implementing a community restoration programme in line with the Secretary General’s report on Justice and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste; Monitor the implementation of and provide advice to the Chief of the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Unit on justice and reconciliation for Timor-Leste; Monitor implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the UN Independent Special Commission of Inquiry (CoI) for Timor-Leste (2006): (a) Develop strategies in collaboration with key stakeholders for the implementation of the CoI recommendations. (b) Monitor and report court trials of the CoI cases along with the HRTJ Monitoring Team. (c) Follow-up with the Office of the Prosecutor General on CoI cases and interact with other court actors if requested; In line with the Secretary-General endorsement of the report of the Commission of Experts advise and assist key stakeholders, including the Government, the Prosecutor-General and NGOs in the implementation of key recommendations of the Commission of Experts report; Follow-up on the implementation of the CAVR and CTF report/recommendations: (a) Assist the post-CAVR Technical Secretariat and other key stakeholders, including the Parliament, in developing and implementing follow-up measures to the CAVR report. (b) Organize and facilitate seminars on the implementation process of the CAVR and CTF implementation process. (c) Meet with relevant stakeholders. (d) Monitor developments on CTF recommendations; Outreach activities on transitional justice issues. Facilitate, organize and conduct public discussions and presentations on transitional justice topics; Manage the implementation of the activities on Transitional Justice under the OHCHR Technical Cooperation Project with RDTL; Ensure the Section’s contribution to the commitment of the UN to mainstream human rights and integrate gender perspectives/considerations and to specific women/girl’s rights issues in all UN activities; Contribute to weekly, monthly and other reports as necessary; Other tasks as directed by the Head of the Transitional Justice 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; Team work – Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations and respect for diversity; 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. Ability to represent the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Unit in meetings Ability to establish and maintain sound working relationships with national authorities; 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-10-010); 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. Incomplete application will not be considered.

The United Nations strongly encourages applications from qualified women candidates. Preference will be give to equally qualified women candidates.

Application must be submitted to UNMIT Headquarters, Obrigado Barracks, (Attention: Personnel

Section), Or via E-mail to or
Deadline: Tuesday, 25 May 2010