Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Coordinator and direct supervision of the Investigations Team Leader.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Digital Forensic Investigator may be responsible for the following duties:
- Plans, organizes, conducts and manages digital investigations on allegations of violations of international human rights, humanitarian or criminal law in accordance with the Commission's mandate, and OHCHR methodologies;
- Searches for, gathers, records and preserves potential or relevant evidence, including in electronic format ensuring that all necessary evidence chains are established and maintained;
- Collects and analyses information and evidence in electronic and digital format, as well as social networking sites and assists in determining credibility and reliability;
- Undertakes verification, authentication, geolocation and analysis of open source digital content (such as audio, images, videos, geo-location) including forensic examinations, and drafts reports;
- Supports the analytical processes of investigations and preserving digital material in accordance with applicable standards and protocols for evidentiary material;
- Provides advice and support to the Commission on the use of open source material in investigations, analysis and reports and support in understanding elements of digital evidence;
- Proposes the use of tools to analyse and present complex data sets in understandable ways for investigation and presentation purposes;
- Conducts interviews and obtains statements; analyses information;
- Prepares complete and concise investigation reports and conducts post investigation tasks;
- Ensures that documentation and materials related to the investigations is handled, stored and preserved safely in accordance with the procedures established by the Commission;
- Works collaboratively and in coordination with colleagues to achieve organizational goals in accordance with standard operating procedures and in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
- Integrates gender perspectives into all areas of responsibility;
- Performs other duties as required.
• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Proficiency in software applications used in investigations. Ability to identify and analyze problems/issues and participate in their resolution. Proven ability to gather evidence and interview subjects and witnesses. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Ability to gather and analyze electronic evidence. Ability to draft/edit, a variety of written reports especially with respect to the preparation of complex reports of investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations including good knowledge of the conditions prevailing in areas where the United Nations conducts peacekeeping missions. 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.
• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in data science, digital forensics, computer science, data privacy, conflict or security studies, international criminal law or related fields. 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. Formal qualifications and/or certifications in investigations and analysis are an advantage.
A minimum of (5) years of progressively responsible experience in data science, computer science, digital forensics, data privacy, conflict or security field, international criminal law or related fields is required.
Experience in researching, collecting, analysing and verifying open source and social media is desirable.
Experience with international tribunals or UN Investigative bodies is desirable.
Experience in conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Fluency in another language of the region 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 the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.
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.
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.
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.
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