CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE OFFICER
Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located in the United Nations Field Peacekeeping Operations, Special Political Missions, Service Centres and Offices as applicable. The Conduct and Discipline Officer reports to the Chief of Section/Senior, Conduct and Discipline or to the Conduct and Discipline Officer, depending on the mission structure. The focus of these positions is to participate in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of conduct and discipline programmes, operations and other related activities in the country or region concerned.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Conduct and Discipline Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Identifies trends/patterns, lessons learned and best practices related to conduct and discipline issues with a view to furthering the mission’s objectives in policy development, preventive actions and awareness-building initiatives.
• Undertakes reviews of alleged misconduct by UN peacekeeping personnel; receives and documents complaints, gathers information and advises on whether further investigation is warranted; analyzes relevant information and advises on actions to be taken based on an impartial and independent examination of the facts; liaises with relevant parties internally and externally; undertakes appropriate follow-up.
• Keeps current on developments and trends in the field of conduct and discipline and contributes to the development of measures to increase awareness of UN peacekeeping personnel about the UN standards of conduct and to prevent instances of misconduct, e.g. assists in the development and implementation of awareness raising programs, including the provision of training on conduct and discipline matters, develops mission-specific measures to detect personnel misconduct, and ensures compliance with UN standards, proposes strategies for preventive measures, etc.
• Organizes and/or undertakes quantitative and qualitative research and analysis on the consistent application, within the mission, of UN policies, procedures, and guidelines related to various aspects of conduct and discipline work; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions; produces progress and briefing reports.
• Contributes to maintaining and monitoring a data management system for all categories of personnel misconduct; performs data mining and data analysis to produce narrative and statistical reports.
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. management briefings, background papers, presentations, analysis, reports and studies, inputs to communications, publications, etc.
• Contributes to identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with UN and other actors (national and international) with a view to pursuing the agenda for conduct and discipline activities, including assistance to victims of misconduct.
• Provides input for the development and implementation of public information and community outreach measures on conduct and discipline issues.
• Engages in day-to-day coordination of activities with other mission components (e.g. gender, legal officers, human resources, security, training, child protection. and UN entities).
• Performs other duties as required.
-Knowledge and understanding of unit’s mandate and strategic direction.
-Demonstrated proficiency in the fields of conduct and discipline, law, human rights, social sciences or human resources management.
-Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to conduct and discipline and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Knowledge of investigation and disciplinary processes in an administrative, criminal, police and/or military context. Demonstrated professional competence in assignments held to date.
-Strong analytical capacity, and ability to identify, analyze and articulate complex issues/problems.
-Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
-Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given.
-Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the conduct and discipline activities.
-Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful 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.
-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
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 the field of law, human rights, human resources management, or other related fields. Familiarity with administrative, labor, criminal and/or military laws and principles is desirable. A first-level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies, with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in positions in the field of conduct and discipline, law, human rights and/or human resources management is required.
Experience in gathering and analyzing information and problem-solving is desirable.
Experience providing services in the field of conduct and discipline or related area to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization 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 another official United Nations language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
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 roster.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Conduct and Discipline Officer, P3 roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of four months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
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.
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