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This Decree provides description of categories and requirements for education and experience of all IHRDC-CIPDH personnel. It applies to all active duty of IHRDC-CIPDH staff. Ensure that all records created as a result of processes prescribed in this publication are maintained in accordance with IHRDC-CIPDH By-laws. Vigilance must be taken to protect Personally Identifying Information (PII) when submitting or sending nominations, applications or other documents to IHRDC-CIPDH agencies through public Internet, software applications, systems, e-mail, postal, faxing or scanning. The publication may supplemented at any level. All supplements must be approved by the IHRDC-CIPDH Board of Directors prior to certification and approval. Refer recommended changes and questions about this publication to any IHRDC-CIPDH official office.

1.1 Staff Categories

The International Human Rights Defense Commissariat. CIPDH. (Hereinafter IHRDC-CIPDH) staff is made up of different categories. Within each category there are different levels, which reflect increasing levels of responsibilities and requirements. The information in this section will help you decide in which staff category, and at what level, you fit in.

These are four different categories of staff at the IHRDC-CIPDH:

  • Professional and higher categories (P and D)
  • National Professional Officers (NA)
  • Experts and Counselors Service (SC)
  • Senior Appointments (SG, DSG)

At the IHRDC-CIPDH you progress in a category through merit and qualifications. There are, however, restrictions on movement between the different categories.

1.2 Professional and higher categories

Staff members in the Professional and higher categories (P and D) are normally internationally recruited and are expected to serve at different duty stations throughout their career with the IHRDC-CIPDH.

1.2.1 Educational requirements. Normally, it is required that IHRDC-CIPDH staff member has an advanced university degree for the professional and director level positions. It is, however, frequently accepted that IHRDC-CIPDH staff member has a first-level university degree, combined with qualifying work experience. Positions in certain job families, including security or medical, conference services may have different standards for the minimum educational requirements, which are accordingly reflected in their respective job openings. Positions from job families that require specialized studies, e.g. Medical Doctors, require an advanced university degree, which cannot be substituted by a combination of a first-level university degree and experience. Positions in some other areas, mainly language positions, might require only a first-level university degree for the minimum educational requirements.

1.2.2 IHRDC-CIPDH staff member work experience should be relevant to the job for which he applying; each job may also have specific requirements, which are specified in the opening. For mid-career and senior level positions, progressively responsible work experience is required. As IHRDC-CIPDH staff member acquire more relevant work experience he can progressively apply for higher positions.

  • Entry level professionals

P2 – two years of minimum professional experience. No experience is required if you successfully complete the Young Professionals Program competition.

P3 – five years of professional experience at a minimum.

  • Mid-level professionals

P4 – seven years of minimum professional experience.

  • Senior level professionals

D1 – eight years of professional experience at a minimum.

D2 – more than ten years of professional experience.

Work in the Professional category generally demands a high degree of analytical and communication skills, substantive expertise and/or managerial leadership ability.

Typically, these positions require judgment in analyzing and evaluating problems as well as in decision-making involving discretionary choices between alternative courses of action. They also require the understanding of an organized body of theoretical knowledge at a level equivalent to that represented by a university degree. While this knowledge is customarily and characteristically acquired through formal education, it may, in some fields of learning or specialized disciplines, be acquired through other training, self-study, or practical experience.

Directors (D-1 and D-2 levels) represent the high level on the career staffing structure of the IHRDC-CIPDH. Directors have to manage a programme of the IHRDC-CIPDH. They are also expected to provide leadership in formulating and implementing the substantive work programme of an office, determine priorities, and allocate resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

Senior professionals hired for positions at the P-3 and P-4 level typically work as senior advisers or experts, bringing several years of analytical and research experience to the IHRDC-CIPDH.


1.3 National Professional Officers

National Professional Officers (NA) are normally locally recruited and perform functions at the professional level. The qualifications for National Professional Officers are the same as for the Professional category and require as a minimum a first-level university degree.


National Professional Officers are nationals of the country in which they are serving and their functions must have a national context, i.e. functions that require national experience or knowledge of the national language, culture, institutions, and systems. Examples of these positions include human rights officers, political affairs officers, legal officers, medical officers, child protection officers, humanitarian affairs officers.


1.3.1 At the IHRDC-CIPDH there are three levels of National Professional Officers, A through C. The higher the level, the more responsibilities the job requires and the more work experience is necessary.


  • A – one to two years of professional experience at a minimum.


  • B – two to three years of professional experience at a minimum.


  • C – at least five years of professional experience.


1.4 Experts and Counselors Service

Staff in the Experts and Counselors Service  (SC) category is normally recruited internationally to serve in expertise and analytic affairs. They are expected to be highly mobile and to serve in different locations during the career.

Staff of the Experts and Counselors Service provides expert supervision and professional advice to the field missions of the IHRDC-CIPDH. A university degree at the Master’s level is required for the positions of the Experts and Counselors Service.


There are three levels of the Experts and Counselors Service category: SC-1 through SC-3.


  • Experts and Counselors at the mid-level.


SC-1 – two years of minimum professional experience.


SC-2 – four years of minimum professional experience.


  • Experts and Counselors at the highest level


SC-3 – seven years of minimum professional experience.


1.5 Senior Appointments

As in many international organizations, these are the highest positions of the Board of Directors of International Human Rights Defense Commissariat. CIPDH.


These positions are for:


  • President – (SG);
  • Vice-president (DSG);
  • Secretary – (DSG);
  • Treasurer – (DSG);
  • Committee Director (DSG);




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