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We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: National Human Rights Officer
Job ID: 31964
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Practice Area - Job Family: Management - Human Rights
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
To address the various migration challenges related to climate change, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched the CLIMIS project to address the link between human rights, migration and climate change in the Sahel region and to promote a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to the migration challenges posed by climate change.
CLIMIS plans actions aimed at:
- Identifying gaps in the protection of human rights in the context of migration resulting from the damaging effects of climate change in the Sahel region,
- Promoting a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to the migration challenges posed by climate change in the Sahel region and
- Identifying adaptation and mitigation measures to fill protection gaps and ensure that the link between migration and climate change is addressed on the basis of a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach.
In order to ensure the implementation of project activities, a National Human Rights Specialist will be recruited.
Duties and Responsibilities
- The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of the project in Nigeria under the direct supervision of the Senior Human Rights Adviser (SHRA).
- The incumbent of the post will also have a second reporting line to the Project Coordinator, based at the Regional Office for West Africa, and an additional reporting line to Headquarters.
- The successful candidate would also seek to ensure collaboration with colleagues working on the implementation of other related projects, including projects on the protection of migrants (PROMIS) and on human rights at international borders.
In particular, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:
- Responsible for the implementation of CLIMIS project activities at national level;
- Undertake monthly monitoring and support visits, including to pilot communities, for discussions with the authorities and affected populations;
- Provide information to the Project Coordinator based at the Regional Office for West Africa and the Project Officer based at headquarters to contribute to the regional and global processes;
- Support related national or UNCT initiatives;
- Collect data, conduct interviews, analyse findings and support the conduct of substantive research and analysis on the link between human rights, migration and climate change at the local, national and regional level;
- Contribute to the development of project tools, including capacity-building tools (e.g. an OHCHR core training module on the link between human rights, migration and climate change);
- Assist in identifying and building relationships with relevant authorities and actors at national and local level, including community-based organizations, and in the selection of pilot local communities;
- Organize meetings with selected pilot local communities, national authorities, national human rights institutions and other key actors and promote awareness to ensure the meaningful, effective and informed participation of all people, especially women, in decision-making processes related to climate change and human mobility;
- Build the capacity of key actors to effectively address human rights challenges in the context of climate change and migration;
- Raise awareness and provide technical support to national authorities and regional bodies, including relevant ministries and national assemblies, in order to strengthen migration, environment and gender equality policies through a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach;
- Participate in project activities at regional, national and local level;
- Provide information for donor reports;
- Assist in the drafting of publications if necessary;
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.
The incumbent will interact with:
- All mechanisms, UN or otherwise implementing programs on migration and/or climate change.