Human Rights Specialist - P02

Grade: P02
Type of Appointment: Series A - Short Term
Duration of Contract: 12 months
Secretary/Department/Off.: IACHR – Follow-up of Recommendations and Impact Section
Announcement Number: EO/27/23
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: 3/24/23
Closing Date: 4/7/23
# of Openings: 1

  Annual Basic Salary (net of taxes):

Basic Salary: US$ 50,377

 Annual Post Adjustment (net of taxes):

Post Adjustment: US$ 31,989


Duties and responsibilities:

- Implements the individual petition system governed by the inter-American human rights instruments, assessing compliance with recommendations  to member states applying the relevant procedures. Requests information from the parties to fully develop the claims, manages case correspondence, conducts legal research, analyzes claims according to the pertinent systemic norms, coordinates case hearings, drafts case reports setting forth conclusions and recommendations for Commission review. Fact finding on numerous situations and cases.

·         - Organizes, coordinates and participates in on site visits conducted by the Commission: develops 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.

·         - Monitors and follows-up the overall compliance of human rights recommendations in the member states assigned. This includes contacting and maintaining sources, collecting and reviewing information, coordinating general hearings before the Commission, and consulting with the Commission Rapporteur. Prepares special reports on the compliance of human rights recommendations in member states assigned and on selected human rights issues. This requires the gathering and evaluation of data from a wide range of sources, legal research and analysis, and the drafting of reports for publication, pursuant to Commission approval.

·         - Advises petitioners and member state Mission or Foreign Ministry staff on the application of petition procedures and other mechanisms of the inter-American human rights system, and responds to all inquiries made by member states on matters related to human rights. The Specialist provides technical advisory services for other organs or agencies of the Organization, in relation to drafting and implementation of juridical international instruments in the field of human rights.

·         - Engages in promotional activities such as seminars and conferences on human rights issues.

-         -  Performs other job-related duties as required.


Education & Experience  :   

Essential: Juris Doctor or First University Degree (Bachelor’s) in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology or a related field issued by a duly accredited institution and 4 years of relevant experience at national or international OR Advanced University Degree (Master’s) in one of the fields listed above and 2 years 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 other software applicable to the area of work .


Essential – Proficient in at least two of the official languages of the OAS (read, write and communicate).  

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.

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.

Please note that the mandatory retirement age for staff members at the General Secretariat of the OAS is 65 years.

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.