HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SECRETARIAT APPLICATION PROCESS FOR MANDATE HOLDERS TO BE APPOINTED BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AT ITS 48TH SESSION
(13 September – 1 October 2021)
ADDITIONAL UNFORESEEN VACANCY – WORKING GROUP OF EXPERTS ON PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT, MEMBER FROM LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STATES
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10 AUGUST 2021 AT 12 NOON GENEVA TIME
Applications are currently accepted for the following mandate holder:
1. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, member from Latin American and Caribbean States
Note: The deadline for applications for the other two vacant mandates in the current selection round expired on 11 June 2021 and applications are no longer accepted for: (1) Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights and for (2) Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, member from Latin American and Caribbean States. Please see https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/SP/Pages/HRC48.aspx
HOW TO APPLY:
The entire application process consists of two parts: 1. online survey and 2. application form in Word format. Both parts and all sections of the application form need to be completed and received by the Secretariat before the expiration of the deadline.
First part: This online survey is used to collect information for statistical purposes such as personal data (i.e. name, gender, nationality), contact details, mandate applying for and, if appropriate, nominating entity. The data entered in the online survey will not be made public with the exception of the candidate’s name, nationality and gender entered in the survey, which will be used in the official records of the selection process and to prepare the list of eligible candidates.
Please indicate the name by which you wish to be known and how you wish to be referred to during the selection process, in the public list of candidates and in the report of the Consultative Group, even if it may be different from your official travel documents. The same name, gender and nationality must be used both in the online survey and in the Word application form.
Second part: The application form in Word format can be downloaded from the appointments web page for the Human Rights Council (https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/SP/Pages/HRC48.aspx) under the relevant mandate. It should be completed and saved in Word format and then submitted as an attachment by email prior to the expiration of the deadline. Information provided in this form includes a motivation letter of maximum 600 words. The application form should be completed in English or French only. It will be used as received to prepare the public list of candidates who applied for the vacancy and will be posted as received on the OHCHR public website.
Once fully completed (including Sections VII and VIII), the application form in Word format should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A maximum of up to three optional reference letters can be attached, in Word or pdf format, to the application sent by email by the deadline. For EMRIP candidates, preferably one of the three letters should be from an organization or entity representing indigenous peoples. No additional such as CVs, resumes or supplementary reference letters beyond the first three received will be accepted.
Candidates who submit incomplete applications or who do not complete both parts of the application process prior to the expiration of the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Eligible for Working Group appointments are only citizens of States belonging to the specific regional groups for which specific vacancies have been advertised. Please refer to the list of the United Nations regional groups of Member States at https://www.un.org/dgacm/content/regional-groups. For appointments of EMRIP members, candidates need to represent one of the indigenous sociocultural regions for which vacancies have been advertised.
General description of the selection process and answers to frequently asked questions are available at https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/SP/Pages/Nominations.aspx and https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/SP/Pages/BasicInformationSelectionIndependentExperts.aspx
In case of technical difficulties, or if you encountering problems completing or accessing any of the forms, you may contact the Secretariat by email at email@example.com or by fax at + 41 22 917 9008.
You will receive an acknowledgment when both parts of the application process, i.e. the information through the online survey and the Word application form, have been received by email.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at a later stage.
Thank you for your interest in the Human Rights Council.