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INVESTIGATOR

Geneva

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-21

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Collection and Analysis Section 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 (IIIM). The Collections and Analysis Section is responsible for gathering evidence within the context of the IIIM's structural investigation and generating analytical products that can be shared with competent jurisdictions. The investigator is under the overall supervision of the Senior Legal Officer (Collections and Analysis) and under the direct supervision of the P4 Investigation Team Leader in CAS. The incumbent will be responsible for planning and conducting investigations as part of a multi-disciplinary team of legal officers and analysts charged with generating analytical products that can be shared with competent jurisdictions to advance ongoing and/or future investigations and prosecutions.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Investigator will be responsible for the following duties:

-Undertakes investigations in cases involving serious breaches of international humanitarian law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, rape and sexual and gender- based violence, including undertaking field missions, when required.
-Identifies, engages and manages relationships with a diverse range of investigative sources, including intermediary NGOs.
-Obtains signed statements from survivors and vulnerable victims, including in difficult or hostile environments and circumstances, and through the use of interpreters. Conducts interviews with other types of witnesses relevant to the investigation.
-Reviews and analyzes documentary evidence and determines information necessary for inclusion in interviews. Coordinates as necessary with government or state officials for the conduct of interviews.
-Participates in briefings, presentations, and conferences with investigations staff, other members of the IIIM, as well as actors external to the IIIM, including governmental officials, civil society actors, UN entities and other partners relevant to the collection of information and evidence.
-Searches for, identifies, collects, records and preserves physical evidence ensuring that all potential or relevant evidence is gathered and secured, and that all necessary evidential chains of custody are established and maintained. Assists in the presentation of evidence in proceedings, if required.
-Prepares complete and concise investigation reports, briefs and files, incorporating as necessary maps, graphs, charts, tables, images and other illustrative devices.
-Prepares thorough mission plans and reports.
-Conducts open-source research. Searches and registers sources, evidence, data, and information in evidence management databases.
-Conducts additional inquiries requested of, or by IIIM.
-Performs administrative functions pertaining to the implementation of policies and procedures for the IIIM.
-Assists in forensic projects when required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated ability to conduct large scale and complex criminal investigations and ability to build cases. Ability to analyze complex political, military, paramilitary, and other related groups' activities in relation to war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, including sexual crimes, violence and abuses. 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. 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.

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 decision may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishment and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, international law, criminology, criminal justice, criminal investigations, police studies, human rights, political/social science or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience in law enforcement, criminal investigations or other related types of investigations 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 as an investigator with an international criminal justice mechanism is desirable.

Investigation experience in the area of international crimes relating to the Middle East, preferably to Syria, is desirable.

Experience conducting investigative interviews with victims of sexual and gender-based violence and other vulnerable witnesses is desirable.

Experience conducting investigative interviews with insiders is desirable.

Experience analyzing complex and diverse forms of evidence using an electronic evidence review platform is desirable.

Experience managing relationships with intermediaries in investigative contexts and remote/restrictive environments is desirable.

Languages

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.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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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