30 April 2013

European Union Advisory Group to the Republic of Armenia (EUAG), Yerevan, Armenia
Policy Advisor on Human Rights
Deadline for application: 9 May 2013

The EU Advisory Group supports the Republic of Armenia in the implementation of its reform agenda and the development of its international commitments. The Group provides tailored policy advice on legal, security, democratic, economic and institutional issues to the Armenian Presidency and other institutions.

Strengthening respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Armenia, in compliance with international commitments undertaken by Armenia, has been identified as a priority in the cooperation between Armenia and the European Union.

Armenia became the first country to which the European Commission deployed a team of high-level advisors to support reform efforts and ENP Action Plan implementation. Together with national experts they provide a balanced mix of policy, legal and institutional advice based on the EU’s and member states’ know-how and best practices.

The EU Advisory Group is currently employing a Policy Advisor on Human Rights.

Duties and responsibilities
The main tasks of the Policy Advisor are to provide policy advice to the Human Rights Defender's Office, as well as other relevant institutions including the National Security Council, the Prime Minister's Office, National Assembly and all other public institutions involved in implementing the recommendations on human rights issued in the latest European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) progress report, on strengthening respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Armenia, in compliance with international commitments of Armenia.

Under the overall guidance of the EUAG Management and the EU Delegation in terms of policy dialogue, the Policy Advisor is expected to:
• Promote approximation of Armenia’s legal framework with EU legislation and best practices across the Armenian institutional spectrum in the fields of human rights.
• Provide policy advice on the commitments and implementation of the ENP AP/future Association Agenda and monitor progress in policies and actions relevant in the field.
• Help introduce best practices with respect to human rights in the policy-making process across all relevant institutions and bodies.
• Advise the Human Rights Defender's Office (HRD) and other relevant institutions regarding the Human Rights Protection Strategy of the Republic of Armenia and its Action Plan.
• Provide policy advice on developing the Human Rights Defender's Office in accordance with the 'Paris Principles' based on UN General Assembly Resolution 48/134 of December 1993.
• Support the National Preventive Mechanism in increasing effectiveness.
• Advise the HRD in increasing the level of participation in the processes of UN Treaty Bodies and providing reports on implementation of Armenia's human rights commitments on UPR, UN Committees and others.
• Regarding gender equality, further analyse and provide recommendations on gender mainstreaming and protection of women’s rights.
• Provide policy advice on ensuring respect for the rights of persons belonging to national minorities.
• Provide policy recommendations on further reform of the penitentiary system in line with the recommendations of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).
• Provide policy advice on continuing efforts to ensure trade union’s rights and core labour standards, based on European standards and in accordance with relevant International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions.
• Assist the beneficiaries to identify and access the appropriate EU financing mechanism to support the implementation of the policies (e.g. Twinning, TAIEX, BSP, CIB, Framework Contract, other TA); ensure coordination with relevant to Human Rights projects.
• Advise the beneficiaries on applicable policy-monitoring systems and processes.
• Ensure that the management reporting timelines defined in the Work Plan are adhered to and that outputs/results are delivered on time.

Corporate competencies
The Policy Advisor:
• Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
• Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
• Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
• Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional competencies
• Solid knowledge and clear understanding of the EU policies including ENP or EU accession policy and Community assistance programmes.
• Good knowledge of the EU-Armenia relations and of the structures of the Armenian administration is an asset.
• Highly developed analytical, writing and facilitation skills and the ability to negotiate complex agenda with a broad range of international partners.

Required education and Experience
• University education preferably a post-graduate level in Law, Public Administration or equivalent.
• A minimum of 8 years of working experience in the field of monitoring respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, notably in the areas outlined in the mandate above.
• A minimum of 4 years experience in working at senior level in a Member State HRD/Ombudsman institution.

Language requirements
Proficient command of English. Some knowledge of Russian or Armenian would be an asset.

The full job description and instructions on how to apply can be found here.

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