• Thirteen unremunerated United Nations expert positions established by the Human Rights Council are expected to be filled at the Council’s 43rd session, 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 issue to which the position relates.
  • Applications must be received by 17 October 2019 (12 noon Greenwich Mean Time).
  • To apply online click here
  • For more information about the selection process, please visit the website and refer to frequently asked questions
  • Specific queries about the application and selection process may be addressed to hrcspe[email protected]


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. These experts report to the Human Rights Council – the main United Nations intergovernmental body dealing with human rights.

Experts serve in their independent and personal capacity. Their specific functions are defined in the HRC resolutions creating or extending their mandate. The work involves substantial time commitment, approximately three months per year, and includes examining, monitoring, advising and publicly reporting on either specific country situations (country mandates), or on thematic issues in all parts of the world (thematic mandates). Activities of special procedures also include undertaking country visits, acting on individual cases, conducting studies and engage in general advocacy activities. All mandate holders report annually to the HRC and most mandate holders also report to the General Assembly.

EMRIP experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council in the same way as special procedure mandate holders, with due regard to be given to recognized competence and experience in the rights of indigenous peoples, experts of indigenous origin, and gender balance. EMRIP members serve in their independent and personal capacity.

Appointed experts are not United Nations staff members, they are not based in the United Nations offices in Geneva or another United Nations location and they do not receive any salary or other financial compensation except for allowances when they travel officially. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights provides support to the mandate holders.

Appointment to be made at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council  (24 February – 20 March 2019)

  1. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), member from the Arctic [HRC res. 33/25]
  2. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), member from Asia [HRC res. 33/25]
  3. Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights [HRC res. 34/3]1
  4. Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons [HRC res. 33/5]1
  5. Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia [HRC res. 39/23]1
  6. Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context [HRC res. 34/9]1
  7. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and its consequences [HRC res. 33/1]1
  8. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights [HRC res. 35/19]
  9. Special Rapporteur on the right to food [HRC res. 40/7]
  10. Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples[HRC res. 33/12]1
  11. Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material[HRC res. 34/16]1
  12. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders[HRC res. 34/5]1
  13. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar[HRC res. 40/29]1

For queries about the application and selection process: [email protected]

Additional information about EMRIP appointments can be found here