Vacancies Of Independent United Nations Experts Of The Human Rights Council, With Extensive Professional Experience In Human Rights
The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council is now accepting applications for the following vacancies:
1. Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (Human Rights Council resolution 50/10)
2. Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members (Human Rights Council resolution 44/6)*
3. Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities (Human Rights Council resolution 44/10)* – unforeseen vacancy due to resignation
4. Working Group on discrimination against women and girls, member from African States (Human Rights Council resolution 50/18)
5. Working Group on discrimination against women and girls, member from Asia-Pacific States (Human Rights Council resolution 50/18)
6. Working Group on discrimination against women and girls, member from Eastern European States (Human Rights Council resolution 50/18)
7. Working Group on discrimination against women and girls, member from WesternEuropean and other States (Human Rights Council resolution 50/18)
8. Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, member from Eastern European States (Human Rights Council resolution 51/13) – unforeseen vacancy due to resignation
* The appointment of this mandate holder will be made provided the mandate itself is extended by the Human Rights Council.
These unremunerated United Nations expert positions established by the Human Rights Council are expected to be filled at the Council’s 54th session (11 September – 6 October 2023), with the appointments to be made at the end of that session. Individuals seeking appointment should have extensive recognized professional experience and expertise in the field of human rights, with an emphasis on the particular human rights issues to which the positions relate.
The “special procedures” of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. Special procedures are either an individual (called “Special Rapporteur” or “Independent Expert”) or a working group composed of five members, one from each of the five United Nations regional groupings: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Western European and other group. These experts are appointed by and report to the Human Rights Council.
Candidates eligible for the vacancies in Working Groups are only nationals of States belonging to the specific regional groups for which specific vacancies have been advertised. Please refer to the list of the United Nations regional groups of Member States at https://www.un.org/dgacm/content/regional-groups.
The work of independent mandate holders is unpaid. Those appointed as mandate holders serve in their personal capacities. They are not United Nations staff members, they are not based in United Nations offices in Geneva or at another United Nations location, and they do not receive salary or other financial compensation, except for travel expenses and daily subsistence allowance of “experts on mission”. Their specific functions are defined in the HRC resolutions creating or extending their mandate. Candidates must be available to perform effectively the functions of the mandate and to respond to its requirements, such as participating in Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva and General Assembly sessions in New York, travelling on two country visits per year, drafting reports according to established deadlines, organizing and participating in consultations and meetings, addressing allegations of human rights violations with all concerned, providing advice to States and other stakeholders on issues related to their mandate and engaging with a variety of stakeholders. Candidates should be able to dedicate an estimated time of four to six months per year to the work of a mandate depending on its workload.
Members of expert mechanisms are selected and appointed by the Human Rights Council in the same way as special procedure mandate holders.
HOW TO APPLY:
Deadline to receive complete applications: 13 June 2023 (12 noon Geneva time)
All applicants must submit by the deadline, both:
(1) a short online survey (https://ohchr-survey.unog.ch/index.php/563873)
(2) a mandate-specific Word application form. Application instructions and forms are available at https://www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/hrc/sp/hrc54
For general information about the application and selection process: https://www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/hrc/sp/nominations
Frequently asked questions: https://www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/hrc/sp/basic-information-selection-independent-experts
In case of technical difficulties, the secretariat may be contacted by email at: email@example.com