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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FWC/FT363
Title: Human Rights Adviser
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 2 September 2013
Application Deadline: 23 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/RHR - Reproductive Health and Research (HQ/RHR)
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) aims to promote and support an
expanded global effort to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and
reproduction and to have access to and receive health services when needed. To achieve this,
the Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards,
and supports relevant research. RHR includes the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP
is the main instrument within the United Nations system for promoting, conducting, evaluating and
coordinating interdisciplinary research on reproductive health; for collaborating with countries in
enhancing national capacities to conduct this research; for promoting the use of research results in
policy-making and planning for reproductive health care; and for the setting of standards and
guidelines, including ethical guidelines, in the field of reproductive health research. More
information about HRP can be found at The objectives of the immediate area of work are to examine and conduct research on the legal and policy
environment affecting the realization of sexual and reproductive health, to foster the promotion and
protection of human rights related to sexual and reproductive health; to ensure that the work of
WHO in the areas of sexual and reproductive health is in line with international human rights
agreements, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against
Women (CEDAW).
Description of duties:
(1) Carries out research and normative work, working in collaboration with staff of the Department,
WHO Regional and Country Offices as well as national governments on the implementation of
rights-based approaches to the achievement of sexual and reproductivehealth. (2) Provides
assistance to countries, as well as to Regional and Country Offices, on the analysis of current laws
and policies as well as the development of appropriate laws and policies in support of sexual and reproductive health.(3) In coordination with Regional Offices, advises and assists countries in the development of appropriately adapted, technically sound guidelines and materials for effective implementation of human rights approaches to sexual and reproductive health. (4) Provides WHO input to the monitoring and reporting process of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) within the Organization and in the context of interagency collaboration; coordinates WHO input and provides technical advice to CEDAW and its Secretariat, and assists the Committee in the formulation of practical and feasible recommendations.(5) Supports the effective implementation and monitoring of relevant international treaties and codes of conduct, and supports the integration into national legislation, policies and programmes of such agreements.(6) Identifies women's rights research and policy
needs in the area of sexual and reproductive health and advises the Director and Team Coordinators
on the application of human rights in the development of research and programme priorities and
strategies. (7) Plans and develops Departmental strategies to build global research and technical
capacity to apply human rights in the development of national policies and programmes on sexual
and reproductive health, within the context of the HRP Academic Alliance. (8) Builds and
strengthens partnerships, particularly with other UN agencies and international non-governmental
organizations, to ensure maximum synergy and effectiveness of activities in the area of human
rights related to sexual and reproductive health.
* Essential
Advanced university degree in international law with a focus on sexual and reproductive
health/women's health.
Academic qualification in the health field.
In-depth knowledge of all aspects of human rights related to sexual and reproductive health and
other aspects of women's health. Thorough knowledge of the UN Human Rights system, reporting
procedures and mechanisms of interaction with intergovernmental organizations. Strong
interpersonal skills. Excellent presentation and writing skills. Research and analytical skills as
evidenced by a considerable record of publication in peer-review.
*1. Producing results
*2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
*3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
* Essential
At least 7 years' experience, including at the international level, with a focus on human rights
related to sexual and reproductive health. Experience in the application of rights-based approaches.
Relevant experience in legislation and policy analysis and development.
Expert knowledge of English.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67 483 at single rate
US$72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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