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OHCHR-Colombia
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Last Date: August 26, 2011
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR
HUMAN RIGHTS IN COLOMBIA


CONSULTANCY


Reference Number: 11/OHCHR/100/BOGOTA

Deadline for Application: 26 August 2011

Type of Contract: Consultancy (at the equivalent of P-3 level)

Duty Station: Bogota, Colombia

Duration: 7 months (the consultancy is subject to the availability of funds)


Project: “Technical support to the Protection Programme of the Ministry of the Interior and to the Risks Regulation and Evaluation Committee”

Consultancy to produce an analytical proposal on how to implement a comprehensive review of the current protection programmes to allow greater effectiveness. The analysis will integrate the recommendations made by OHCHR during its presence in the country and the findings made from gathering and systematising information on the functioning and efficiency of the different protection systems in Colombia. The consultant will be under the supervision and will report to the Coordinator of the Human Rights Promotion and Protection Programme and will liaise with counterparts, mainly the Ministry of Justice and the Interior.

Objective

The Colombian State can guarantee protection to human rights defenders through the effective work and coordination of the entities and institutions that are duty bearers regarding protection issues. The international consultant will assist the Coordinator of the Human Rights Promotion and Protection programme in leading the Office´s recommendation of a comprehensive review of the protection policies and programmes of the Government and other State entities. Technical assistance will be provided to the Ministry of the Interior and Justice in order to study in-depth the currently existing protection programmes, and thoroughly analysing their weaknesses and strengths in order to propose a coordinated and efficient mechanism for the protection of Human Rights defenders and other groups at risk, which considers a differential approach.

Background

Since the opening of OHCHR-Colombia in 1997, the protection programmes for human rights defenders have been a concern of the Office. According to the High Commissioner’s report in 2010 “OHCHR-Colombia appreciates the Protection Programme of the Ministry of Interior and Justice. However, delays in assessing risks, slow implementation of measures, absence of a differential approach, and transfer of protection schemes to private companies continue to be of concern”. Moreover, reforms introduced in May (2010) hindered the implementation of protection measures. Overall, protection programmes must be reformed to allow greater flexibility and effectiveness, and to include public officials, and persons involved in land restitution processes.
The Office encouraged “a comprehensive review of the protection policies and programmes of the Government and other State entities” and called “for the adoption of a comprehensive protection programme linked to land restitution process”.

Of particular concern are the homicides, threats and harassment against those advocating for the rights of displaced persons, in particular leaders of women’s groups, and for the restitution of lands.

In 2009, the Office observed that in the past few years, the Government has invested large amounts of human and financial resources into protection programmes for different groups at risk, however it recommended: “This important effort, however, requires better coordination and must be expanded, for instance, to include staff of the Early Warning System, incorporate a gender focus, and expedite and reduce delays between the adoption of protection measures and their implementation. The ongoing transfer of protection schemes to private companies and other related reforms should be made in consultation with beneficiaries, in the understanding that the State obligation to uphold, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of rights within its jurisdiction cannot be delegated.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Human Rights Promotion and Protection Programme, the international consultant will have the following responsibilities:

• Research within the different government and State institutions in charge of providing protection to human rights defenders (and other groups at risk) on the functioning, efficiency and coordination of the programmes that they manage.
• Gather and systematize all the information on protection programmes in Colombia.
• Analyse the protection programmes of the Government and other States entities.
• Comparative study of protection programmes in different countries.
• Advisory and proposal for a comprehensive review of the protection policies and programmes of the Government and other State entities.
• Provide technical support in order to achieve protection measures with a differential approach and protection processes of persons involved in land restitution activities.
• Meetings with civil servants of the Ministry of the Interior
• Technical advisory to the Protection Programme of the Ministry of the Interior
• Review cases related to the protection of human rights defenders.
• Interviews and meetings with a view to gathering information, analysis and recommendations, with different stakeholders such as members of the government, State institutions, police and civil society organizations, victims.
• Hold expert consultation meetings aimed at discussing and analysing institutional responses.
• Accompaniment to the Programme Coordination to meetings in Bogotá and in the field.
• Liaise with human rights officers of the OHCHR-Colombia sub-offices in order to gather information and improve the analysis and recommendations;
• Maintain permanent communication with the OHCHR Colombia Human Rights Promotion and Protection Programme Coordinator and inform her about those aspects which could be of interest to the OHCHR Office and the OHCHR Sub-Offices;
• Participate in the various meetings organized by OHCHR Colombia which could be relevant for the project;
• Undertake other activities required (missions, meetings, reports, etc);
• Performing other tasks as required by the OHCHR Colombia the Coordinator of the Human Rights Promotion and Protection Programme

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
University degree and post-graduate degree, one of which must be in a relevant discipline, preferably in international human rights law.

Work Experience:
• A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the protection of human rights and/or international humanitarian law.
• A minimum of 2 years of working experience in protection issues in the field.
• Experience in conducting research with strong analytical and drafting capacities.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with high-level governmental authorities as well as with grassroots organizations, victims and NGOs.
• Experience in reform of protection programmes or systems will be an asset.
• Experience in project management, in particular with regard to human rights issues will be an asset.
• Proven team work skills and ability to produce high quality work under time pressure.

Languages:
Fluency in Spanish, with excellent drafting skills. Fluency in English will be an asset.

Other Skills:
• Availability to travel to the field.
• Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
• Working experience with Windows system and Microsoft Office
• Desirable knowledge of the Colombian context
• Desirable knowledge of the UN System

* Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Confidentiality

As directed by the Programme Coordinator, the international consultant will maintain the confidentiality of all information, documents and results of the participatory process meetings to which he/she will have access during the consultancy.

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How to apply:
Applicants are instructed to submit the following documents in one single e-mail to: humanresources@ohchr.org

 A completed United Nations Personal History form (PHP) or P-11, in PDF http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/AboutUs/P11.pdf or Word http://www2.ohchr.org/SPdocs/AboutUs/p11form.doc

 A cover letter as attached document;
 United Nations staff members must submit scanned copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS).


Important:
Please mention the reference number of the vacancy announcement in the subject header of your e-mail: 11/OHCHR/100/BOGOTA


Name any attached documents as follows:
LAST NAME First name – Type of document

Example: SMITH Jacqueline - PHP.doc
SMITH Jacqueline - Cover letter.doc
SMITH Jacqueline - PAS.pdf


Note: Applications without P-11 or PHP cannot be considered;
Applications received after the deadline or not compliant with the instructions will not be accepted.

Please note that, because of the volume of messages, applications will not be acknowledged.
Only applicants possessing the required qualifications will be taken into consideration. Only the successful candidate will be notified of the outcome of the selection.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The UN also encourages women’s candidatures.

 


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