Human Rights Specialist – P02

Grade: P02
Type of Appointment: Series A - Short Term
Duration of Contract: 12 months
Secretary/Department/Off.: Ex. Sec. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – Monitoring Section II
Announcement Number: EO/64/21
Duty Station: US - Washington D.C.
Job Family: Human Rights Commission
Job Category: Professionals and Higher Categories
Recruitment Type: External
Employment Schedule: Full time
Publication Date: 11/5/21
Closing Date: 11/26/21
# of Openings: 1

  Annual Basic Salary (net of taxes):

Basic Salary: 48,805.00

 Annual Post Adjustment (net of taxes):

Post Adjustment: 24,207.00



*   Provide support for thematic Rapporteurships, including contributing to the design and follow-up of projects; organization and participation in working visits and promotional activities; specialized advice and inputs for the preparation of thematic reports.
*   Researches and collects information on the political, legal, and human rights situation in the OAS Member States, including their gender dimensions from a variety of data sources to keep abreast of issues/events and provide up to date information.
*   Assists in the analysis of information, to include the impact on the countries and thematic mandates on the human rights situation in assigned area.
*   Provide input for various reports, communications, briefings, memos, statements, including to policy-making bodies. Among them, the IACHR Annual Report, the Executive Secretary's reports, the inputs to General Secretariat reports, Summits of the Americas, and reports to donor agencies.
*  Provide support in the sessions of the IACHR in which section reports are discussed and in public hearings.
*  Upon planning carried out by the Section Coordinator, research and compile information for country and thematic reports on selected issues.
*  Develop content for project formulation for presentation to potential donors and provide reports on current project's performance and outputs completion.
*  Upon request by the Section Coordinator, participate in meetings, conferences, and other academic or promotion activities.
*  Drafts a variety of reports and correspondence relating to human rights matters.
*  Perform other related duties as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others.


*  Organize, coordinate and participate in on-site visits conducted by the Commission; develops a draft program of activities; manages logistical arrangements; facilitates meetings between Commission members and Government officials, representatives of local non-governmental organizations and other groups, such as alleged victims and their relatives, drafts reports and recommendations for publication pending Commission approval.
*  Maintain awareness of current human rights issues, including relevant political and legal developments in the Member States. It includes contacting and maintaining sources, collecting and reviewing information, coordinating public hearings before the Commission, and consulting with the Commission Rapporteur. Prepare special reports on human rights in the Member States assigned and on selected human rights issues. It requires the gathering and evaluation of data from a wide range of sources, legal research and analysis, and the drafting of reports for publication, according to Commission approval.
*   Draft, within the target timeframes established by the Section Coordinator, press releases on human rights issues, and tweets.
*   Support the organization of on-site visits and provide input for country and thematic reports concerning the Member States assigned to the section.
*   Provide support on the legal drafting for monitoring products.
*   Participate in the preparation of activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, in particular on monitoring, supporting the documentation on the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in assigned region or country, including from a gender perspective.
*   Provide support for research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country.
*   Compile human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.


*   Provide logistical support, organize, coordinate, develop material and curricula and participate in the organization of meetings, training, seminars, conferences, and other academic or promotion activities for national law enforcement officials, representatives of the civil society, and human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to promote national capacity building.
*   Provide support for recommendations on developing capacities for the attention of human rights issues for States, social and academic organizations.
*   Organize, coordinate, develop and participate in training programs and seminars, and other events for Government agents, civil society, and further, in the field of human rights, democracy, the rule of law, and public policies with attention to gender perspectives.
*   Compile information to raise awareness and promote specialized knowledge about human rights.
*   Provide support for research and analysis and draft memos and other documents on institutionality in human rights and specific issues assigned by the Coordinator regarding the human rights situation in a particular region or country or within a particular subject area.
*   Distribute materials related to human rights education to Governments, educational and national institutions, and assist in adapting the materials to the countries concerned.
*   Maintain an awareness of human rights education and information activities in the countries concerned, plan, implement, and evaluate training courses, seminars, and workshops.
*   Provide input for fundraising, technical assistance, and capacity-building projects and programs.
*   Research and compile information from State institutions and NGOs to promote sustained and balanced support for the work in human rights-related issues providing support on the overall formulation and implementation of human rights policies.
*   Provide support and follow-up negotiations to conclude technical cooperation agreements and draft the necessary documentation to support the process.



Essential: Juris Doctor or First University Degree (Bachelor) in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Social Sciences or any related field issued by a duly accredited institution and 4 years of relevant experience in similar positions at the national and/or international level OR Advanced University Degree (Master) in one of the fields listed above and 2 years of relevant experience.

Desirable: Proven experience in the areas of human rights for Afro-descendants, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTI or Persons with Disabilities. Experience or knowledge of the OAS mandates and priorities as related to the area of work and/or the dynamics of the Inter-American agenda and system.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Ability to effectively work using Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, and Excel) and software applicable to the area of work.


Essential – Proficient in at least two of the following languages: English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish (read, write and communicate). Language proficiency examination will be required.

Desirable – Working knowledge of the other two languages.

PERSONAL COMPETENCIES: Client Orientation, Knowledge Sharing, Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills. Ability to clearly communicate in the languages required for the post.

This position requires ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations. Ability to incorporate gender and intercultural perspectives. Ability to work with urgent times, fast reading and analysis skills and impeccable writing skills.

The GS/OAS embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. Thus, the GS/OAS, in accordance with its rules and regulations, is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, achieving a diverse staff, and will take into account a wide geographic representation, as well as gender equity and equality, in the selection of candidates.
Please note that the mandatory retirement age for staff members at the General Secretariat of the OAS is 65.