Human Rights Specialist – P02

Grade: P02
Type of Appointment: Series A - Short Term
Duration of Contract: 6 months
Secretary/Department/Off.: Ex. Sec-Inter-American Commission on Human Rights –Monitoring Section III
Announcement Number: EO/46/23
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: 10/13/23
Closing Date: 10/27/23
# 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:


Within limits of authority delegated by the Assistant Executive Secretary and under the direct supervision of the Section Coordinator:

- 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.



Education & Experience :  

Essential: Juris Doctor or First University Degree (Bachelor’s) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or 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’s) in one of the fields listed above OR in international law or human rights and 2 years of relevant experience. 

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. Proven experience on the Rights of Migrants.


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.

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


- Compensation:
Professional Category: Remuneration = Basic Salary +  Post Adjustment
Net of taxes for non-US citizens 

- US citizens tax reimbursement: US Citizens are reimbursed for most taxes paid on OAS remuneration.  

- Paid Annual Leave: 21 days from 1st year.  Increase to 30 days within 5 years. 

- Sick Leave and Parental Leave.

- Health Insurance: OAS pays 2/3 of premium.

- Pension and Savings Plans: In addition to salary, OAS contributes 14% of pensionable remuneration to a Retirement and Pension Plan. Staff contribute 7%.

- Additional benefits (dependent on contract type): Mobilization allowance, repatriation grant, language allowance home leave travel, dependency allowance, life insurance.