Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da'esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Baghdad, Iraq.
UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da'esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Investigator may be responsible for the following duties:
• Assists in the conduct of investigations, with respect to acts committed by ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq that may amount to genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, rape and sexual and gender-based violence.
• Participates in a team of investigators and carries out investigative tasks and activities of UNITAD.
• Conducts interviews and obtains statements, analyzes information.
• Searches for, collects and analyzes evidence on genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, rape and sexual and gender-based violence, including but not limited to, witness interviews, enquiries with law enforcement agencies, NGO's, and humanitarian organizations, and other investigative tasks, as directed.
• Supports and participates, as directed, in taking statements from survivors and victims of
genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, rape and sexual and gender-based violence, and conducting suspect interviews.
• Assists in forensic projects including exhumations as and when required.
• Participates in the preparation of concise investigation reports and conduct of post investigation activities.
• Plans investigative activities, including through coordination with relevant sections of UNITAD with respect to logistics and security, as well as appropriate coordination with national authorities.
• Arranges and coordinates witness protection measures, as directed, in close consultation with the Victim and Witness Protection Unit.
• Performs other duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal investigations. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, ability to gather evidence and interview suspects and witnesses. 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.
• COMUNNICATION: 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.
• 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 or Equivalent) in international law, criminal investigation, police studies or related field is required.
A combination of a first-level university degree in criminology, criminal justice, law, history, political/social science, police studies or related field and two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience in the field of criminal investigations may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement and criminal investigation in cases involving serious crimes is required.
Experience investigating 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 desirable.
Experience with an international criminal tribunal or international criminal investigative entity is desirable.
Experience with an international or multilateral public institution is desirable.
Criminal investigations work experience in the Middle East and North Africa region is desirable.
Experience in working in investigations or intelligence analysis in relation to ISIL (Da'esh) or in relation to another complex criminal entity is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• UNITAD is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is required for this position.
• This position is temporarily available. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• 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.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current
temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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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