Human Rights Specialist - P03 (3 positions available)

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/09/23
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: 3

  Annual Basic Salary (net of taxes):

Basic Salary: $64,121.00

 Annual Post Adjustment (net of taxes):

Post Adjustment: $38,601.00


Duties and responsibilities

Within limits of authority delegated by the Executive Secretary, and under the direct supervision o f the Assistan t Executive Secretary (AES):  

·         Supervise the execution of work plans by professionals, administrative personnel and coord i nates the work of consultants ;  

·         Is responsible for a portfolio of cases upon criteria of procedural stage and complexity;  

·         Is responsible to manage and comply several tasks and duties under strict deadlines.  

·         Provide advise to the AES in relation to the design and implementat i on of working methodologies common to all IACHR Sections;

·         Provide policy advice and recommendations to the AES on key issues rela t ing to the processing of petitions and cases , the preparation of admiss ibil i ty and mer its reports, systemic issues and patters arising from the petitions and cases ;


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


·         Carry out legal research and legal analyses requested by the AES;


·         As r eques t ed by the AES maintain communicat i ons with representatives of the Memb er States comprised in the Section's mandate , as well as petitioners, organizations of civil society and othe r stakeholders in relation t o th e Sectio n ' s p o rtfolio ; an d warn s th e AE S of any communications requiring top management attention;


·         Review all correspondence re ce ived concern ing his/her portfolio, and promptly issues the required instructions for correspondence and/o r action;


·         Ensure that the Section's electronic files ( including the Section's database records) are acc u rate , up t o date, and in compliance with quality standards set by the Secretariat;


·         Upon request of the AES may issue drafts for the Section's input to internal and external reports, among them , the IACHR's Annual Report, the Executive Secretary ' s reports, the inputs to General Secretariat reports , summit reports and reports to donor agencies;


·         Upon request by the Executive Secretary or the AES, participates in meetings, conferences and other academic or promotion activities;


·         Collect and organizes highly confidential information relating to the protection and security of victims ;


·         Perform such other duties as may be required in furtherance of the work of the Sect i on and the i mplementation of the mandate of the IACHR.



·         Upon request of the AES supervise the work of professional and administrative personnel of the Section.


·         Upon request of the AES produce or review drafts of merits or admissibility reports on a variety of legal issues within a stablished timeframe. Participate providing technical assistance to the AES in the deliberations of the same reports by the IACHR.


·      Upon request and direction of the AES participate in the different stages of the procedure of the cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, including the preparation of the submission of cases and the preparation or revision of written submissions regarding preliminary objections, acknowledgments of responsibility and final observations.

·         Upon request and direction of the AES or Section Coordinator participate in the other mandates before the Inter-American Court including supervision on compliance, advisory opinions, and inputs for provisional measures.

·         Upon request and direction of the AES participate in the other mandates before the Inter-American Court including supervision on compliance, advisory opinions, and inputs for provisional measures.

·         Upon request and direction of the AES draft or review sections of IACHR reports (inputs for annual reports, country or thematic reports, or other relevant reports).

  ·      Upon request of the AES prepare or review several legal memoranda for the IACHR and briefs for the Inter-American Court within the deadlines stablished.


·         Produce and deliver , within the target timeframes established by the Executive Secretari a t , ma t er i als relat e d to the sessions of the IACHR and i ts public hearings, amongst these , the preparatory materials for hearings and special memoranda that are requested by th e AES or Section Coordinator.  

  • Upon request of the AES or Section Coordinator prepare or review inputs for financial reports.


Education & Experience  :   

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

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.