• Applications for the unforeseen vacancy of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
  • 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 29 December 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:

Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (HRC resolution 44/5)

The deadline for applications is 29 December 2020 (12 noon Greenwich Mean Time)

The deadline for applications for the five other mandate holder positions to be filled at the 46th session closed on 27 November 2020 and applications for those other mandates can no longer be accepted.

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.

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.

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. For EMRIP members, candidates need to represent one of the two indigenous sociocultural regions for which vacancies have been advertised. Please see additional information on EMRIP.

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]