Essentials

  • Four unremunerated independent United Nations expert positions established by the Human Rights Council are expected to be filled at the Council’s 40th session (25 February – 22 March 2019), with the appointments to be made at the end of that session.
  • Applications are now accepted for four members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), one each from the following four indigenous sociocultural regions:
    1) EMRIP member from Africa
    2) EMRIP member from Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia
    3) EMRIP member from Central and South America, and the Caribbean
    4) EMRIP member from the Pacific
  • 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 and the specific indigenous sociocultural region to which the positions relate.
  • Applications must be received by 18 December 2018 (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 [email protected]

Summary
The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was established in 2007 by the Human Rights Council, the main United Nations intergovernmental body dealing with human rights, as a subsidiary expert body of the Council. Its mandate was then amended in September 2016 by Council in its resolution 33/25. EMRIP provides the Council with expertise and advice on the rights of indigenous peoples as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. EMRIP also assists Member States, upon request, in achieving the ends of the Declaration through the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the rights of indigenous peoples. EMRIP holds an annual week-long session with the participation of representatives from States, indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples’ organizations, civil society, intergovernmental organizations and academia.

EMRIP is composed of seven independent experts on the rights of indigenous peoples, one from each of the seven indigenous sociocultural regions: (1) Africa; (2) Asia; (3) Central and South America, and the Caribbean; (4) the Arctic; (5) Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; (6) North America; and (7) the Pacific. Membership terms are staggered and applications are accepted for four out of the seven experts in the current selection round. 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.

Appointments to be made at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council (25 February – 22 March 2019)

Four members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), one each from the following four indigenous sociocultural regions [as per Human Rights Council resolution 33/25]:

  1. EMRIP member from Africa
  2. EMRIP member from Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia
  3. EMRIP member from Central and South America, and the Caribbean
  4. EMRIP member from the Pacific

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