Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar was established by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 39/2, adopted on 27 September 2018. The creation of the Mechanism was welcomed by the General Assembly in its resolution 73/264, adopted on 22 December 2018. This position is in the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (CASS). It is located at a duty station to be determined. The Investigator reports to the Team Leader (T1) in the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (CASS).Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader (T1) in CASS, the incumbent will perform the following functions:
- Plans and organizes multiple and complex investigations with the aim of collecting evidence of crimes within the IIMM's mandate, with particular emphasis on sexual and gender-based crimes, including by liaising and coordinating with relevant organizations and individuals as well as by making logistical and other operational arrangements;
- Organizes and conducts interviews of witnesses, in particular witnesses of sexual and gender-based crimes, including in difficult or hostile environments and circumstances, and through the use of interpreters;
- Prepares investigative and analytical reports, and reviews and analyses reports and as well as other documents and information collected, stored and preserved, and ensures that they are in compliance with established internal procedures and policies as well as international criminal justice standards and that sexual and gender-based crimes and gender and intersectional perspectives are mainstreamed throughout;
- Identifies and develops the investigative tools to be employed to ensure a gender-sensitive approach throughout all aspects of investigations;
- Supports the Team Leader in managing and coordinating the work of investigators in the team and ensures the quality and timeliness of their work products, ensuring that all potential or relevant evidence is collected and preserved, with particular emphasis on evidence relevant to sexual and gender-based crimes, and that the chain of custody is maintained in accordance with international criminal law standards;
- Contributes to the development of protocols, standard operating procedures and guidance documents on the collection, consolidation, preservation and analysis of information related to crimes within the IIMM's mandate, with particular emphasis on sexual and gender-based crimes as well as gender and intersectional analysis;
- Supports the development and implementation of protection and support measures to meet the needs of victims and witnesses who engage with the IIMM with particular emphasis on victims and witnesses of sexual and gender-based crimes;
- Plans and coordinates the work of specialized experts and consultants to support investigative activities;
- Provides and facilitates training for IIMM personnel on mainstreaming sexual and gender-based crimes as well as gender and intersectional analysis;
- Liaises with national and international investigative and judicial authorities on investigative activities and judicial proceedings, with particular emphasis on those involving sexual and gender-based crimes;
- Represents the IIMM in briefings and conferences with external actors including government officials, civil society actors, UN entities and other partners relevant to the collection of information and evidence;
- Supports the IIMM’s public outreach and public information efforts;
- Undertakes other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated ability and skills required to conduct investigations of sexual and gender-based crimes. Demonstrated ability to conduct investigations of serious international crimes, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Ability to analyse complex political, military, paramilitary and other related groups’ activities in relations to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including sexual and gender-based crimes. Ability to employ sound professional investigative experience to facilitate the production of high-quality work from the team. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal investigations. Familiarity with and experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources including digital sources. Ability to work in a high tech environment. 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.
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.
JUDGMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in criminology, criminal justice, law, human rights, history, political/social science or a related field. A combination of a first level university degree in law, police studies or related fields together with a diploma and/or certification in investigations (military, police, federal/national intelligence agencies), with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A diploma and/or certification in investigations in combination with four additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the first-level university degree.Job - Specific Qualification
A certificate or training in investigation is desirable.Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of experience investigating cases involving serious international crimes including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, or violations of international law, including serious violations of human rights, with a particular focus on sexual and gender-based crimes, is required.
At least three years of experience in complex investigations is required.
At least two years of experience gathering evidence and interviewing victims and witnesses of sexual and gender-based crimes is required.
Experience conducting witness interviews in different cultural environments is desirable.
Experience conducting criminal investigations in a national police or investigative body is desirable.
Experience leading a team or mentoring others is desirable.
Experience conducting investigations for an international criminal court or tribunal or international investigative body is desirable.
Experience working on investigations or information analysis in relation to Myanmar 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 one of the Myanmar languages is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This extra budgetary position is funded for one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the funds.
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.
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.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
United Nations Considerations
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