New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Operational Standards and Support Section (OSSS) in the Investigations Division (ID) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in New York. The Investigator will report to the Chief of OSSS in New York. The Investigator will be required to travel to remote locations, at times for extended periods, to manage and conduct investigations.
The Office of Internal Oversight Services is an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and to the General Assembly. The Investigations Division of OIOS follows up on reports of possible violations of regulations or rules, mismanagement, misconduct, waste of resources, or abuse of authority.
Within delegated authority, under the supervision of the Chief of the Operational Standards and Support Sections (OSSS), the Investigator will perform the following duties:
• Plan, organize and conduct investigations of alleged misconduct, malfeasance, mismanagement, fraud, corruption, waste of resources, or alleged violations of United Nations Regulations and Rules and pertinent administrative issuances, including cases of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and Sexual Harassment
• Establish facts, determine findings and formulate recommendations for corrective measures and related disciplinary and jurisdictional actions
• Draft reports and communications and assist with the review of those drafted by others
• Perform legal research and analysis of evidentiary material gathered for ID/OIOS reports
• Maintain and update ID/OIOS' guidance material based on applicable best practices and legal developments
• Review policy decisions, monitor their implementation and analyse their legal implications
• Advise on operational implications of United Nations jurisprudence and General Assembly resolutions
• Assist in promoting close cooperation with other Divisions within OIOS and relevant offices and departments within the Secretariat and Field Missions
• Participate in briefing and planning conferences with investigations staff and/or members of ID/OIOS
• Perform administrative functions pertaining to the implementation of policies and procedures
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Perform other duties as required
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations; knowledge of investigation case management and administration; ability to gather evidence and interview suspects and witnesses; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of given assignments; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; ability to gather and analyse electronic evidence; ability to draft and edit in English a variety of written reports, especially with respect to the preparation of complex reports of investigations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management.
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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law or a relevant 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. Successful completion of programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science is an advantage.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in investigation related work is required.
Experience in gathering evidence and its analysis and presentation is required.
Experience in international investigation related activities is required.
Experience with an international or multilateral public institution is desirable.
Two years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This post is financed by the support account for Peacekeeping Operations. The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate.
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
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.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
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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