HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SECRETARIAT APPLICATION PROCESS FOR MANDATE HOLDERS TO BE APPOINTED BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AT ITS 45th SESSION
(14 September to 6 October 2020 )
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11 AUGUST 2020 (12:00 NOON GREENWICH MEAN TIME / GMT)
Applications are currently accepted for the following two mandate holders only:
7. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, member from African States*
8. 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 from Asia-Pacific States
*Note: The appointment of this mandate holder will be made provided the mandate itself is extended by the Human Rights Council.
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/HRC45.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 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 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.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at a later stage.
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 United Nations regional groups of Member States at https://www.un.org/depts/DGACM/RegionalGroups.shtml. For appointments of EMRIP members, candidates need to represent one of the four 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.
Thank you for your interest in the Human Rights Council.