• Eight unremunerated United Nations expert positions established by the Human Rights Council are expected to be filled at the Council’s 45th 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 positions relate.
  • Applications must be received by 30 July 2020 (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]


Applications are now accepted for:

  1. Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (HRC resolution 42/35)*
  2. Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation (HRC resolution 42/5)
  3. Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities (HRC resolution 35/6)*
  4. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, member from African States (HRC resolution 42/22)
  5. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, member from Latin American and Caribbean States(HRC resolution 42/22)
  6. Working Group on discrimination against women and girls, member form Latin American and Caribbean States (HRC resolution 41/6)
  7. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, member from African States (HRC resolution 36/6)*
  8. Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, member from Asia-Pacific States(HRC resolution 42/9)

* The appointment of these mandate holders will be made provided the mandates themselves are extended by the Human Rights Council.

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.

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.

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