INDEPENDENT UNITED NATIONS EXPERTS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, WITH EXTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN RIGHTS

The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council is now accepting applications for the following vacancies:

  1. Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development, member from African States (Human Rights Council resolution 42/23)
  2. Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development, member from Asia-Pacific States (Human Rights Council resolution 42/23)
  3. Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development, member from Eastern European States (Human Rights Council resolution 42/23)
  4. Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development, member from Western European and other States (Human Rights Council resolution 42/23)
  5. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, member from Asia (Human Rights Council resolution 33/25)
  6. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, member from the Arctic (Human Rights Council resolution 33/25)
  7. Special Rapporteur on the right to development (Human Rights Council resolution 51/7)
  8. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation (Human Rights Council resolution 51/25)
  9. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, member from Latin American and Caribbean States (Human Rights Council resolution 45/3)

These unremunerated United Nations expert positions established by the Human Rights Council are expected to be filled at the Council’s 52nd session (27 February to 31 March 2023), with the appointments to be made at the end of that 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 issues to which the positions relate.

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. Special procedures are either an individual (called "Special Rapporteur" or "Independent Expert") or a working group composed of five members, one from each of the five United Nations regional groupings: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Western European and other group. Only nationals of the States belonging to the regional groups, for which specific vacancies have been advertised, are eligible for the working group mandates. Please refer to the list of the United Nations regional groups of Member States. These experts are appointed by and report to the Human Rights Council – the main United Nations intergovernmental body dealing with human rights.

The work of independent mandate holders is unpaid. Those appointed as mandate holders serve in their personal capacities. They are not United Nations staff members, they are not based in United Nations offices in Geneva or at another United Nations location, and they do not receive salary or other financial compensation, except for travel expenses and daily subsistence allowance of “experts on mission”. Their specific functions are defined in the HRC resolutions creating or extending their mandate. Candidates must be available to perform effectively the functions of the mandate and to respond to its requirements, including participating in Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions in Geneva and General Assembly sessions in New York, travelling on two country visits per year, drafting reports according to established deadlines, organizing and participating in consultations and meetings, addressing allegations of human rights violations with all concerned, providing advice to States and other stakeholders on issues related to their mandate and engaging with a variety of stakeholders. Candidates should be able to dedicate an estimated time of four to six months per year to the work of a mandate depending on its workload.

Members of expert mechanisms are selected and appointed by the Human Rights Council in the same way as special procedure mandate holders.

Candidates eligible for the vacancies in Working Groups and in the Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development are only nationals 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 members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), candidates need to represent one of the indigenous sociocultural regions for which vacancies have been advertised. Please see additional information on EMRIP.

How to apply

Deadline for receipt of complete applications: 29 NOVEMBER 2022 (12 noon Geneva time)

All applicants must submit (1) a short online survey (https://ohchr-survey.unog.ch/index.php/741841) and (2) a mandate-specific Word application form. Application instructions and forms available at https://www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/hrc/sp/hrc52

General information about the application and selection process at https://www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/hrc/sp/nominations

Frequently asked questions

https://www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/hrc/sp/basic-information-selection-independent-experts

Queries about the application and selection process: ohchr-hrcspecialprocedures@un.org

Early applications are encouraged.