Human Rights Specialist - P03

Grade: P03
Type of Appointment: Series A - Short Term
Duration of Contract: 12 months
Secretary/Department/Off.: The Exec. Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Announcement Number: EO/21/22
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: 8/18/22
Closing Date: 9/8/22
# of Openings: 1

  Annual Basic Salary (net of taxes):

Basic Salary: US$ 62,692

 Annual Post Adjustment (net of taxes):

Post Adjustment: US$ 40,060


Duties and responsibilities:

Within limits of authority delegated by the Executive Secretary and under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary or Senior Officer under their delegated authority:

Managerial and representation:

  • Coordinate, supervise, and review the work and performance of assigned personnel.
  • Support and contribute, in coordination with programmatic and project areas, the development of innovation programs and initiatives projects.
  • Contribute to activities concerning knowledge management, information sharing skills, and internal diffusion of innovative practices on assigned matters, in coordination with the Chief of Staff.
  • As requested by the Executive Secretary, maintain communications with representatives of the member states and petitioners, organizations of civil society, and other stakeholders concerning all assigned duties, and report to the Executive Secretary any communications requiring attention and timely action, in coordination with relevant internal areas.
  • Upon request by the Executive Secretary, participate in meetings, conferences, and other academic or promotion activities in the areas of their duties.
  • Under the delegated authority, represent the Secretariat in meetings, negotiations, conferences, and other spaces in the areas of their duties, as assigned by the Secretary.
  • Work with country and thematic rapporteurs in the areas and duties of the position to identify opportunities effectively, assess, develop, test, advise, implement, and follow up activities, initiatives and programs carried out to fulfill the assignments.
  • Perform other related duties as required to implement the mandate of the IACHR.


  • Provide advice to the Executive Secretary concerning the design and implementation of innovative methodologies, topics, tools, and solutions to strengthen IACHR capacities for fulfilling its mandate, focusing on enhancing the impact and engagement of Member States and other relevant human rights relevant stakeholders in relevant stakeholders the region.
  • Support the Executive Secretariat in identifying pressing challenges in their context and co-develop novel and creative solutions by drawing on a broad range of innovation approaches, frameworks, and methods.
  • Prepare inputs for the continuous improvement and mainstreaming of innovative practices in IACHR reports, communications, briefings, statements. The IACHR Annual Report, the Executive Secretary's reports, the inputs to General Secretariat reports, Summits of the Americas, and reports to strategic stakeholders.
  • Participate in the sessions of the IACHR, providing input as the Commission may deem necessary on the strengthening of IACHR strategic impact, innovation, and implementation capacities.


  • Remain up to date on new innovations, approaches, and methods, particularly those that could be potentially applied or adapted to the context and mandate of the IACHR.
  • Carry out research and analysis, such as scenario studies, policy analysis, comparative legal research, and multidisciplinary research focusing on strengthening IACHR incidence on the development of innovative human rights-oriented public policy, as requested by the Executive Secretary.
  • Cultivate and manage diverse strategic relationships with both IACHR and external partners, including consultants, donors and subject matter experts, academia, civil society, and private sector organizations for the advancement of their duties.
  • Gather information, sources, perform research, apply methodologies, and develop content, test, and prototype solutions for advancing innovative tools to complete IACHR's goals and expected results regarding its impact on human rights-related public policy in the region.
  • Develop and implement methodologies and tools to effectively incorporate innovation and impact on the routines carried out by the IACHR to analyze the consistency of national institutions, policies, programs, and norms with international human rights standards.
  • Develop and implement methodologies and tools to incorporate innovation and impact on the mechanisms implemented by the IACHR effectively to investigate, collect data, document, analyze, report, and respond to emerging, potential, and existing human rights violations, patterns, and threats in the region, including early warning, risk, and scenario analysis and other tools.
  • Develop and implement methodologies and tools to increase the impact of existing strategies for the formulation of standards, recommendations, and awareness-raising actions in the Americas.
  • Develop and implement methodologies and tools to incorporate innovation and impact of existing investigation effectively, litigation, negotiation, adjudication strategies, routines, mechanisms, and other IACHR mandate functions, as required.
  • Facilitate dialogues and workshops to make innovation and novel methods, approaches, and initiatives accessible to IACHR peers by guiding them through problem exploration, solution design and experimentation.


Education & Experience  :   
Essential: Juris Doctor or First University Degree (Bachelor) in Law, Administration, International Public Law, Human Rights, Political Science, Sociology or a related field issued by a duly accredited institution and 7 years of relevant experience at the national and/or international level OR Advanced University Degree (Master) in one of the fields listed above issued by a duly accredited institution and 4 years of relevant experience OR Doctorate and 1 year of relevant experience.

Desirable: Experience or knowledge of the OAS mandate and priorities as related to the area of work and/or the dynamics of the Inter-American agenda and system.



Essential: Ability to effectively work using Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other applications and software applicable to the area of work, such as Visio, Access, Share Point.

Desirable: Knowledge of and experience working with automated financial management systems.

Essential – Proficient in at least two of the official languages of the OAS (read, write and communicate).  Language proficiency examination will be required.

Desirable – Working knowledge of other two OAS official languages.

Personal Competencies:  Client Orientation, Knowledge Sharing, Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills, Managing and Coaching Staff, Strategic Planning, Encouraging Innovation, and Decision Making/Judgment.  Ability to clearly communicate in the languages required for the post.

  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.