Vacancies for independent
United Nations experts of the Human Rights Council, with extensive professional
experience in human rights
Six unremunerated United Nations expert positions
established by the United Nations Human Rights Council will be filled at the Council’s
September 2017 session. Individuals seeking appointment should have extensive
and internationally recognized professional experience and expertise in the
field of human rights with an emphasis on the particular human rights issue to
which the position relates.
The “special procedures” of the Human Rights Council (HRC) are
independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human
rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. These experts report to the Human Rights
Council – the main United Nations intergovernmental body dealing with human
Experts serve in
their independent and personal capacity. Their
specific functions are defined in the HRC resolutions creating or extending
their mandate. The work involves substantial time commitment, approximately three months per year,
and includes examining, monitoring, advising and publicly reporting on either
specific country situations (country mandates), or on thematic issues in all
parts of the world (thematic mandates). Activities of special procedures also
include undertaking country visits, acting on individual cases, conducting
studies and engage in general advocacy activities. All mandate holders report
annually to the HRC and most mandate holders also report to the General
experts are not United Nations staff members, they are not based in the United
Nations offices in Geneva or another United Nations location and they do not
receive any salary or other financial compensation except for allowances when
they travel officially. The Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights provides support to the
Appointments at the 36th session of the Council
(11-29 September 2017)
1. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of
racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance [HRC res.
2. Working Group of Experts on People of African
Descent, member from Western European and other States [HRC res. 27/25]
3. Working Group on the issue of discrimination
against women in law and in practice, member from African States [HRC res.
4. Working Group on the issue of discrimination
against women in law and in practice, member from Asia-Pacific States [HRC res.
5. Working Group on the issue of discrimination
against women in law and in practice, member from Eastern European States [HRC res.
6. Working Group on the issue of discrimination
against women in law and in practice, member from Western European and other
States [HRC res.
for receipt of applications: 1 June 2017 (12 noon Greenwich Mean Time)
Apply online at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/Pages/HRC36.aspx
General information about the selection process at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/Pages/Nominations.aspx
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