Call for applications for an additional mandate holder of the Human Rights Council to be appointed at the forty-eighth session of the Council

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

Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, member from Latin American and Caribbean States (Human Rights Council resolution 45/24)

This unremunerated United Nations expert position established by the Human Rights Council is expected to be filled at the Council’s 48th session (13 September to 1 October 2021), with the appointment to be made at the end of the 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.

How to apply

Deadline for receipt of complete applications: 10 AUGUST 2021 (12 noon Geneva time)

All applicants must submit
(1) a short online survey (
(2) a mandate-specific Word application form.

Application instructions and forms available at

General information about the application and selection process at

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