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JOB OPENING: Human Rights and Migration Expert


The UN Human Rights Office is looking for 

Human Rights and Migration Expert

Local IC-Individual Contractor


The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) is looking for qualified and motivated experts to apply for a full-time local consultancy. The ideal candidate will be strategic, politically aware, detail-oriented, highly organized and a team player who is able to work independently.


Position title: Human Rights and Migration Expert

Contract type: Local individual contract; due to the type of contract, only applicants with valid work and residence permit in the European Union are eligible to apply.

Duty stations: Warsaw/Brussels (Warsaw until December 2020, with the possibility of working from Brussels thereafter)

Duration of contract: 12 months

Starting date: 5 October 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Application deadline: 21 August 2020

Reporting: The expert will support the work of Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights and report to its Co-Chairs.

Salary: 4,400 euro per month (not tax exempt)

Note: Experts with a migration or minority background are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please make sure that your application contains all details as specified below in this notice. Incomplete applications will be not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



The European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex is a Warsaw based EU body with a legal personality as well as operational and budgetary autonomy. The mission of Frontex is to promote, coordinate and develop European border management in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and the European Integrated Border Management approach. The Agency’s main areas of activity include monitoring, intelligence gathering and analysis of the situation at the EU external borders, planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of joint operations at the EU external borders (sea, land and air), assisting Member States in carrying out returns, and the development of common training standards and specialist tools to provide common training to border guards across the EU.

In 2012, a Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights was established within Frontex to promote transparency and respect for Fundamental Rights in Frontex activities. The Consultative Forum brings together international, regional and civil society organizations to offer strategic advice on how Frontex can structurally improve respect for Fundamental Rights in its various activities.

The European Border and Coast Guard Regulation, under which the Consultative Forum operates, provides that the Agency and its Management Board should consult the Forum on the Agency’s fundamental rights strategy, the functioning of the complaints mechanism, the codes of conduct, the common training curricula and any other fundamental rights matters. The Agency is also to provide the Consultative Forum with timely and effective access to information, including by facilitating on the spot visits to its operations, and to follow up on the recommendations made by the Forum.

The Consultative Forum is currently composed of thirteen organizations: the European Asylum Support Office (EASO); the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); The Council of Europe (CoE); the International Organization for Migration (IOM); the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR); the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR); Amnesty International European Institutions Office (EIO); Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME); International Commission of Jurists (ICJ); Jesuit Refugee Service Europe (JRS); Red Cross EU Office (RCEU) and Save the Children (SC). The Forum is led by two co-chairs elected by its members for a two-year term and works in a spirit of transparency, mutual respect, informed participation and collegiality. The Consultative Forum publishes an Annual Report of activities outlining also its observations and recommendations to Frontex and its Management Board. More details on how it functions can be found in its working methods.

In the meantime, the continued expansion of Frontex’ mandate and increased impact on Member State practice at the EU external borders have brought additional responsibilities and human rights challenges. The development and implementation of Frontex’ new mandate will in turn require of increased efforts from the Consultative Forum to deliver its advice in key areas.

In the challenging context surrounding migration governance in Europe, the UN in general and the UN Brussels Team in particular have a vested interest in making sure that the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex honors and does not undermine States’ commitments to the implementation of human rights recommendations under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council. This requires full compliance of FRONTEX activities with human rights law and Sustainable Development Goals, targets and indicators.

The SDGs’ central reference to migration is made in target 10.7 to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.


Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Consultative Forum Co-Chairs and in close cooperation with the Consultative Forum Secretariat within Frontex, the expert will support the work of the Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights by:

  • Strengthening the implementation of UPR recommendations addressed to EU member States on the human rights of migrants.
  • Keeping abreast of and providing regular updates on UPR recommendations and other policies and developments of relevance to the work of the Consultative Forum.
  • Coordinating the organization of specialized workshops to gather additional expertise in support to the work of the Consultative Forum on the implementation of UPR recommendations.
  • Supporting the Consultative Forum with the drafting of talking points, messages or presentations on its work, including in response to queries from a variety of stakeholders.
  • Maintaining a close liaison with the Frontex Consultative Forum Secretariat, Consultative Forum members and Frontex representatives in relation to the above-mentioned duties.
  • Providing other support to the work of the Consultative Forum as required by its Co-Chairs.



·         Advanced knowledge of human rights and the legal framework relating to borders, migration, asylum, rescue at sea, returns and readmissions

·         Good understanding of the EU legal and institutional framework, EU policies and the work of relevant EU Agencies and the Universal Periodic Review

·         Tact, diplomacy, and client orientation

·         Ability to articulate complex subjects in a simple and structured manner

·         Discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information

·         Excellent research, analytical, judgment and organizational skills

·         Good IT, information management, communication, and coordination

·         Flexibility and strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills

·         Ability to prioritise work and deliver under pressure

·         Results orientation and constructive approach


·         Previous experience in an international and multicultural environment

·         Knowledge of Frontex, its functioning and decision-making mechanisms, and border/migration policy and practice in the EU context

·         Experience in the development and delivery of training on human rights mechanisms including the UPR


Education - University Degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations or related field. Post-graduate education/training on migration, international protection, human rights, European affairs, law, politics or a related field would be an asset.

Work experience - Previous work experience related to human rights and migration required. 

Languages – Fluent in English (oral and written); knowledge of other official UN languages is an asset


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the next stages of recruitment. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which will be followed by competency-based interview.


Interested candidates should send their application by email to Vana Catsica, at the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe (vcatsica@ohchr.org) by 21 August 2020, indicating “Human Rights and Migration Expert application” in the subject line.

The application should contain:

·         Letter of motivation

·         Completed P11 form (can be downloaded from HERE ). 

The submission of a CV in addition to the P11 is optional.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The United Nations places 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.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in Inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

No Fee