Two additional unremunerated United Nations expert positions established by the United Nations Human Rights Council will be filled during 2014. The appointments are to be made for:
- Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice (Member from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States)
- 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 of the Asia-Pacific Group)
Individuals seeking appointment should have extensive and internationally recognized professional experience and expertise in the field of human rights with an emphasis the particular human rights issue to which the position relates. Experts, known as special procedures mandate holders report to the Human Rights Council – the main United Nations intergovernmental body dealing with human rights. Former and current experts include judges, university professors and human rights lawyers.
In 2014 the Human Rights Council will appoint up to 29 experts with extensive professional experience and expertise in human rights to serve as special procedures mandate holders. Appointed experts are not United Nations staff members do not receive any financial compensation apart from allowances when they travel officially.
Experts serve in their independent and personal capacity. The work involved requires substantial time commitment, approximately a total of three months per year. Their activities include: undertaking country visits, acting on individual cases and issues, conducting studies, and advocacy activities. All report annually to the Human Rights Council and most to the General Assembly. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights provides substantive and technical support to these experts.
Deadline for receipt of completed applications: 6th January 2014 (midnight, GMT)
Learn more about how to apply on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.