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/03/23
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: 2/10/23
Closing Date: 3/3/23
# of Openings: 1

  Annual Basic Salary (net of taxes):

Basic Salary: $64,121.00

 Annual Post Adjustment (net of taxes):

Post Adjustment: $38,601.00



Within limits of authority delegated by the Executive Secretary, and under the direct supervision of the Assistant Executive Secretary for Monitoring, Promotion and Technical Cooperation on Human Rights (AES) or Section Coordinator:

•    Supervise the execution of work plans by professionals, administrative personnel and coordinates the work of consultants;

•    Gather information on the political, legal and human rights situation in OAS member states; draft formal requests for information on human rights to Member States;

•    Provide advice to the Assistant Executive Secretary in relation to the design and implementation of working methodologies common to all IACHR sections;

•    Write a variety of reports, communications, briefings, 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;

•    Participate during the sessions of the IACHR in which section reports are discussed, providing such input as the Commission may deem necessary;

•    Contribute to activities concerning knowledge management and information sharing skills;

•    As requested by the Assistant Executive Secretary, maintain communications with representatives of the member states comprised in the section's mandate, as well as petitioners, organizations of civil society and other stakeholders in relation to the section's portfolio; and report to the Assistant Executive Secretary any communications requiring top management attention; 

•    Review all correspondence received concerning the Section, and promptly issue the required instructions for correspondence and/or action;

•    Upon planning carried out by the Assistant Executive Secretary, draft country and thematic reports on selected issues;

•    Carry out legal research and legal analyses requested by the Assistant Executive Secretary;

•    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 Executive Secretary or the Assistant Executive Secretary, participate in meetings, conferences and other academic or promotion activities;


•    Coordinate or when requested by the AES, substitute the Section Coordinator to monitor the human rights situations by theme and country comprised in a Monitoring Section;

•    Produce and deliver, within the target timeframes established by the Executive Secretariat,  press releases on human rights issues;

•    Work directly with IACHR country and thematic rapporteurs for the member states assigned to the section;

•    Organize on-site visits, and country and thematic reports concerning the member states assigned to the section;

•    Advise and report on the consistency on National Institutions, policies, programme and norms with international human rights standards;

•    Provide guidance to other monitoring professionals on cross-cutting themes of the IACHR Strategic Plan;

•    Provide advise on the legal drafting for monitoring products;

•    Plan and coordinates activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, in particular on monitoring, documenting and reporting on the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in assigned region or country, including from a gender perspective.

•    Conduct substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country;

•    Collect and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender­ specific data and indicators;


Essential: First University Degree (Bachelor) in Law, 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. 

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 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.  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.

Upon hiring, the GS/OAS expects all workforce members in Washington, DC to be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless there is a medical reason not to do so. When you obtain a vaccination, you will greatly reduce the risk to yourself and those with whom you interact. Vaccines are highly effective and are widely available throughout the Washington, D.C., area

In accordance with paragraph f. of Article 44 of the General Standards, the official languages of the Organization are English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.  No candidate for a position in the General Secretariat subject to the competition requirement shall be contracted until he/she has passed language proficiency exams administered by the DHR in at least two of the official languages. Nevertheless, i) Any candidate, including staff member whose native language is one of those four languages shall only be required to demonstrate proficiency on an exam in one of the others; and (ii) Persons applying for G-1 and G-2 positions at Headquarters and G-3 driver/clerk positions in those Offices of the General Secretariat in the Member States where the language requirement unduly restricts the recruitment of otherwise qualified staff shall be exempt from this language proficiency requirement for as long as they occupy those positions. Subsequently, in order to be eligible to compete for a higher-level position, any staff member who has benefited from this exemption must demonstrate proficiency in a second official language of the Organization. (iii) A person selected as the best candidate may receive a fixed-term contract, which will be considered to have lapsed in case the person does not pass the required language examination within the 36 months following the appointment.