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UNV Associate Human Rights / Focal Point Indigenous Peoples 20 December 2020 Int. Specialist OHCHR Mexico
Mexico City (MEX)
16 February 2021
12 months with possibility of extension
20 December 2020

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Vulnerable Groups Unit, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Research and collect information pertaining to human rights issues through monitoring human rights situations at the field level and from a variety of data sources (e.g. publications and the press) to keep abreast of issues/events and provide up-to-date information;
  • Interviews human rights victims, particularly indigenous people, relevant authorities and civil society organizations as part of the documentation of cases;
  • Assist in the analysis of information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights, particularly related to indigenous peoples, and recommend actions to be taken;
  • Coordinate activities and strategies related to priority issues with other Units of OHCHR-Mexico;
  • Establish working relationships with state and federal authorities and provide them with technical assistance, to strengthen the level of compliance with international human rights obligations;
  • Document cases of indigenous people’s human rights violations;
  • As a part of the good offices mandate of OHCHR-Mexico, act as an observer and/or facilitator in prior consultation processes organized by the federal government, providing detailed advice to the authorities about the implementation of their international obligations and strengthen the rights holders’ knowledge about their rights;
  • Dialogue with private companies and businesses related to their projects which might affect the rights of indigenous peoples and their adherence to the UN guiding principles on business and human rights;
  • Assist in the analysis of information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and recommend actions to be taken;
  • Draft a variety of reports and correspondence relating to human rights matters/cases;
  • Participate in human rights training programmes for government officials, representatives of the civil society, human rights non-governmental organizations and rights holders;
  • Liaise with representatives of the federal and local legislative powers to ensure that the legislation affecting indigenous peoples and communities is in line with international standards and is created with the right perspective and methodology;
  • Work with UN and non-governmental partners in the country to integrate human rights, including gender considerations, in their programmes;
  • Assist in the consolidation of knowledge and necessary tools within the United Nations system in Mexico in order to mainstream human rights in its actions;
  • Assist in establishing working level cooperation with relevant government ministries and State institutions to assist in strengthening their capacity for protection and promotion of human rights;
  • Receive complaints of alleged human rights violations and give legal advice to victims;
  • Perform other tasks as required.
Bachelor degree or equivalent

​Advanced degree in law (Masters or equivalent), international relations, social/political science or a related field, preferably with a specialization in human rights. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

24 Months
  • Work experience: Minimum 2 years of work experience in the protection/promotion of human rights and related areas. Field experience and knowledge of the Latin American Region and indigenous people’s rights is an asset.
  • Languages: Proficiency in Spanish and English, with excellent drafting skills in both.
  • Other skills: Computer skills
  • Spanish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Human rights

Communication, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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Application deadline: 20-Dec-2020 at 23:59hrs, Germany time zone