Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Senior Human Rights Advisor Unit is a component of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator and is responsible for providing advice, technical expertise, situational assessments and analysing human rights issues to the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Sri Lanka as well as OHCHR, the UN Human Rights Mechanisms (Charter and treaty based), and when requested and appropriate, other UN Agency headquarters or UN Secretariat Departments; ?building the capacity (training and other) of the UNCT to integrate a human rights based approach into on-going and envisaged humanitarian, recovery and development work of the UN: supporting the UNCT in convening relevant working groups on human rights and protection issues, supporting and/or undertaking relevant projects as is appropriate and possible on human rights issues. The other key function and current priority of the Senior Human Rights Advisor in Sri Lanka is support the Government of Sri Lanka in designing a comprehensive transitional justice strategy to address the legacy of past based on four pillars including accountability, truth seeking, reparation and institutional reform, based on its commitment made during 30th session of the Human Rights Council in September 2015 (resolution 30/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka).
In this regard the Government of Sri Lanka introduced a bill to establish the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) on 22 May 2016 and Parliament adopted the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Act No. 14 of 2016 on 23 August 2016. The Office on Missing Persons is an independent and permanent body dedicated to the search for and tracing of missing persons and the clarification of the circumstances in which they went missing. A central function of the OMP is to centralise data including from existing records held by other institutions.
This project seeks to ensure the physical preservation of historical records relating to disappearances and the missing; digitise and archive these records comprehensively; create a basic taxonomy and index records; develop an archive database of scanned materials for the OMP to enter metadata of historical records and save scanned materials; and develop the framework for a permanent database.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES: The Research and Archiving Officer will report to the Senior Human Rights Advisor with day-to day guidance from the Commissioner of the OMP and under the direct supervision and guidance of the Principal Project Coordinator.
Specific objectives of the assignment include:
Duties and Responsibilities:
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:
The Research and Archiving Officer should contribute to the physical preservation historical records related to disappearances, through the following outputs:
THE CONSULTANT PROFILE: The consultant should have excellent background and experience in research, documentation, databases, in addition to substantive knowledge in human rights and transitional justice.
Technical skills: Excellent expertise in relation to record management, databases/digitisation, human rights, rule of law and transitional environment in which it operates.
Expertise in archives is desirable:
Required Skills and Experience: