Website Office of the IIIM-SYRIA
|Posting Title:||INVESTIGATOR, P3|
|Job Code Title:||INVESTIGATOR|
|Department/Office:||Office of the IIIM-SYRIA|
|Posting Period:||22 November 2022 – 05 January 2023|
|Job Opening Number:||22-Investigation-IIIM-SYRIA-194574-R-Geneva (R)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Support and Sharing Section (SSS) of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (Mechanism). SSS coordinates cooperation agreement negotiations and support to competent jurisdictions through the facilitation of ongoing investigations and prosecutions. The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the SSS Senior Legal Officer and under the direct supervision of a P-4-Investigator.
Within delegated authority and as necessary, the Investigator will be responsible for the following duties:
• Participates in a team of investigators and coordinates investigative activities;
• Plans, organizes, conducts and manages investigations of cases of alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international criminal law;
• Searches for, gathers, records and preserves all potential or relevant evidences, including in electronic format, ensuring that all necessary evidence chains are established and maintained;
• Assists national judicial authorities with investigative and prosecutorial activities, including by conducting interviews and obtaining statements; analyzes information;
• Identifies, engages and manages relationships with a diverse range of sources, including intermediary NGOs;
• Participates in briefings and conferences with investigation staff, other members of the Mechanism, as well as external actors, including judicial authorities and civil society actors;
• Directs and conducts incident response activities. Undertakes or oversees pre-response preparation, reception and recording of incident information, informing appropriate persons/offices during and after response, planning for response, and deployment to and control of the incident scene; preservation of evidence and hand-over of the scene to authoritative persons;
• Implements and maintains established procedures to ensure professional competency and completeness throughout the investigation process;
• Develops or contributes to the development of processes to meet the investigation needs;
• Prepares complete and concise investigation reports and conducts post investigation tasks;
• Works collaboratively and in coordination with colleagues to achieve organizational goals in accordance with standard operating procedures and in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
• Performs other duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Sound knowledge of the functioning of criminal investigations and prosecutions at the national or international levels. Proficiency in software applications used in investigations. Ability to identify and analyze problems/issues and participate in their resolution. Proven ability to gather evidence and interview subjects and witnesses. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Ability to gather and analyze electronic evidence. Ability to draft/edit, a variety of written reports especially with respect to the preparation of complex reports of investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations including good knowledge of the conditions prevailing in areas where the United Nations conducts peacekeeping missions. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
• TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, international law, criminal investigation, police studies or related fields is required. A combination of a first-level university degree in the aforementioned field together with formal qualifications and/or certifications in investigations (military, police, federal/national intelligence agencies) and two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Formal qualifications and/or certifications in Investigations (pursuant to a course of study, training and examinations of a state/national law enforcement institution, a national military academy or a federal/national intelligence service training institution, supplemented with professional development courses and/or certifications involving study, training and examinations in investigatory work) in combination with four additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the first-level university degree.
A minimum of five years (seven for holders of a first-level university degree and nine for candidates not holding a university degree) of full-time progressively responsible experience in investigatory work is required.
Experience with international investigation activities is required.
Experience carrying out investigations of violations of international human rights law, international humanitarian law or international criminal law is desirable.
Investigative experience with a national war crimes or counter-terrorism unit, international criminal justice mechanism or a UN investigative body is desirable.
Investigative experience in or on the Middle East region is desirable.
Experience collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses and victims of crimes for criminal justice purposes is desirable.
Experience in open source investigations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.
Fulfillment of the responsibilities of this position may necessitate engagement with material and/or information that may be distressing.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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