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Humanitarian Affairs Expert

New York City

  • Organization: UN DPPA-DPO - United Nations Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-07

Result of Service

Submission of interim and final reports to the Security Council.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The position is expected to become available on 1 October 2022 until 30 September 2023, subject to the renewal of the mandate and availability of funds.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organisational setting and reporting:

The Panel of Experts established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2374 (2017) (“the Panel”), as extended by resolution 2590 (2021), consists of four experts with demonstrated substantive knowledge, experience and skills in areas relevant to the implementation of the sanctions regime. The Panel’s mandate is established and can be renewed or terminated by the Security Council. The Panel acts under the direction of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2374 (2017) concerning Mali.

The Expert will serve with a Panel reporting to the Sanctions Committee and the Security Council. The Expert comes under the overall guidance and management of the Subsidiary Organs Branch of the Security Council Affairs of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, specifically, of the Secretary of the concerned Security Council Committee and the Chief of the Branch and the Director of the Security Council Affairs Division. The work of the Panel is facilitated by a Coordinator who is also an expert on the Panel.

For more information about the Panel, including its reports and other relevant materials, please see:
https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/2374

Responsibilities:

Within delegated authority, the humanitarian affairs expert will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following duties:

Substantive

• Contribute to the monitoring of sanctions measures and investigation of alleged sanctions violations or non-compliance as mandated by Security Council resolution 2374 (2017) related to Mali in his/her area of expertise;
• Contribute to reporting on any violations of the sanctions regime or non-compliance through updates and reports of the Panel to the Committee and the Security Council required under Security Council resolution 2374 (2017), as extended by resolution 2590 (2021), as well as any periodic briefing/reporting as requested by the Committee;
• Contribute to the preparation of recommendations by the Panel for improved implementation of Security Council resolution 2374 (2017) related to Mali, based on the Panel’s investigations, country visits and outreach activities;
• Contribute to the compilation of information in his/her area of expertise relevant to the potential designation of individuals and entities who may be engaging in actions and policies that threaten the peace, security or stability in Mali, as described in paragraph 8 to resolution 2374 (2017), as extended by resolution 2590 (2021), including obstructing the delivery of, access to or distribution of humanitarian assistance, as well as planning, directing or committing acts that violate international human rights law or international humanitarian law, or that constitute human rights abuses or violations, such as acts involving the targeting of civilians, including women and children, or the use or recruitment of children by armed groups or armed forces;
• Cooperate closely with INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC);
• Monitor media, including social media, on issues and cases relevant to the mandate of the Panel;
• Prepare and deliver briefings and presentations on the sanctions regime and the Panel’s activities;
• Assist in identifying areas where the capacities of States can be strengthened to enhance the implementation of the sanctions regime;
• Contribute to reports that adhere to a high standard of evidence and rigorous methodology;
• Provide due process to Member States, entities and individuals to respond to allegations and findings when conducting investigations; and
• Take on other duties as mandated by the Security Council and/or directed by the Committee.

Organizational

• Contribute to the preparation of a programme of work of the Panel, including a travel schedule, at the outset of the mandate, which will be updated regularly;
• Participate in investigative missions and bilateral consultations to gather information from government authorities, private individuals and entities, civil society, regional and sub-regional organizations and United Nations field presences;
• Draft and follow up on correspondence in his/her areas of responsibility;
• Collate and assess the information obtained, including by sharing written notes and briefs with other Panel members;
• Classify, categorize and archive the materials obtained in the course of the Panel’s investigation; and
• Submit to the UN Secretariat an End of Assignment Report at the end of the mandate.

Administrative

• Abide by the rules and regulations of the United Nations, as guided by the Secretary of the Committee and the Chief of the Subsidiary Organs Branch and the Director of the Security Council Affairs, among others.
• Abide by the applicable policies, guidelines and procedures on safety and security within the UN’s Security Management System (UNSMS).
• Pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/RES/67/254 (section VI, paragraph 8) on advance booking of air travel, plan official air travel to meet the United Nations target rate of 70 per cent compliance.

Competencies:

Professionalism

• Knowledge of sanctions-related issues and developments in Mali and the region.
• Substantive knowledge and field experience in the area of expertise, generally and specifically as related to Mali and the region.
• Proven knowledge of the relevant national, regional and international actors and organizations working in Mali and the region.
• Strong analytical capacity and research skills.
• Ability to develop a sound investigative case study featuring corroborated information from credible sources, and ability to synthesize this information into an easily-readable case study which can be incorporated into a Panel report.
• Ability to treat sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
• Ability to work independently and resist political pressures.
• Ability to work under pressure and in dynamic situations; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
• Demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organization or Member State setting. Knowledge of the United Nations’ institutional structure, mandates, policies and rules, as well as its relationships with regional organizations, Member States and other international partners.
• Willingness to travel extensively, including in difficult environments.
• Incorporate gender perspectives in the substantive area of responsibility, in all relevant areas.

Planning and organising

• Proven capacity to plan and execute a work plan, and adapt, as required, to fluid priorities and demands.
• Ability to work independently in a systematic and productive manner. Ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning.

Communications

• Strong oral communication and drafting skills.
• Ability to interact positively with high-level government officials and the diplomatic community.

Teamwork

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic and political work environment.
• Ability to develop consensus among people with varying points of view.
• Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect his/her own position.

Technological awareness

• Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Ability to use other relevant software (such as photograph management tools and mapping tools), as well as database software to organize, analyse and archive collected materials during investigations is desirable. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks.

Qualifications/special skills

Education

• An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in military science, political science, international relations, law, finance, journalism or other relevant area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience

• A minimum of ten years (including a minimum of three years of field experience) of progressively responsible experience in the relevant area is required,.
• Significant field experience in post-conflict or other transitional situations is required.
• Strong field research or investigative experience in the area of expertise is required.
• Experience in writing high-quality reports is required.
• Proven interpersonal skills in complex, political and structured working environments is required.
• A demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organization or Member State setting is highly desirable.
• Experience in working under the rules and regulations of the organization and the working culture and methods of the United Nations Secretariat is highly desirable.
• Experience in implementing the conflict-related sexual violence agenda per relevant Security Council resolutions is highly desirable.

Languages

• Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Bambara is an advantage.

Additional Information

- The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

-Candidates should list all work experience and diplomas in the relevant part of the application. Work experience and diplomas only mentioned in the cover letter will not be considered for screening purposes. Statements must include concrete start and end dates, detailed description of tasks and achievements and whether the experience was obtained in full-time or part-time. Candidates should note that eligibility and fees will be decided based on their submitted application only. There is no option to revise an application after submission.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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