Posting Title: Investigator, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INVESTIGATOR
Department/Office: United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 31 October 2019 – 14 November 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Investigation-UNS-SPM UNITAD-126220-J-Baghdad (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and Reporting
This position is financed by Trust Fund and is located within the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Baghdad, Iraq. The Investigator/Children reports to the Legal Officer/SGBV within the SGBV & Children Unit (SGBVCU) in the Office of Field Investigations, and will work primarily on the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ investigation.
UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da’esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da’esh) in Iraq.
Within his/her delegated authority, the Investigator / Crimes Affecting Children, may be responsible for the following duties:
- Conducts investigative activities, either individually or jointly with other investigators or legal officers, with respect to acts committed by ISIL (Da’esh) in Iraq that affected children, undertaking field missions when required;
2. Interviews and obtains certified testimony from survivors and victims of Da’esh crimes affecting children, as well as other witnesses;
3. Obtains and assesses statements and other evidence from survivors and victims of acts committed by ISIL (Da’esh), establishes the actualities of the relevant alleged offences, and prepares comprehensive written investigation reports in a timely manner. Coordinates as necessary with government or state officials for the conduct of interviews;
4. Arranges and coordinates victim and witness protection measures, in close consultation with UNITAD’s Victim and Witness Protection Unit;
5. Ensures that all necessary evidentiary chains of custody are established and maintained, in accordance with international criminal law standards;
6. Prepares complete and concise investigation reports, briefs and files, incorporating as necessary-maps, graphs, charts, tables, images and other illustrative devices;
7. Conducts additional investigative activities as required, in line with guidance provided by the Senior Legal Officers and the Chief of Investigations;
8. Represents UNITAD in briefings and conferences with investigations staff, other members of the UNITAD, as well as actors external to UNITAD including governmental officials, civil society actors, UN entities and other partners relevant to the subject matter;
9. Performs other duties, as assigned.
- Professionalism: 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.
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, criminal justice law, law, history, political/social science or a related field is required. Certification or training in investigation is desirable.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in law enforcement or investigative journalism in cases involving serious breaches of international humanitarian law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, rape and sexual and gender-based violence or related legal area is required.
Experience working in investigations or intelligence analysis work related relation to ISIL (Da’esh) is desirable.
Experience in investigating cases of child recruitment for use in armed conflict is desirable.
Experience in interviewing children who may have perpetrated violent crimes is desirable.
Experience in working in an international criminal tribunal and/or an international commission of inquiry, or a similar entity is desirable.
Experience in the Middle East and/or North Africa is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is highly desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is financed with trust funds. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of 364 days. The appointment, assignment or renewal thereof is subject to the availability of funds and/or extension of the mandate.
- While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
- Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
- This temporary job opening may be limited to ‘internal candidates,’ who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule
- 16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule
- Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
- Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as ‘retirement.’ Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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.
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