Conduct and Discipline Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS). The incumbent will be based in Juba. The Conduct and Discipline Officer will report to the Chief Conduct and Discipline Officer
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the UNMISS Chief, Conduct and Discipline Team (CDT), the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following duties:
•Under the immediate guidance of the Conduct and Discipline Officer, assists in conducting reviews of alleged misconduct by UN peacekeeping personnel; receives and documents complaints, gathers information and discusses this with the Conduct and Discipline Officer 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;
•Liaise with the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services, fact-finding panels and missions’ investigation bodies and other relevant parties (internally and externally) on allegations and investigations into unsatisfactory conduct;
•Carries-out well-defined 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 and suggests problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; proposes follow-up actions; drafts progress and briefing reports, including providing advice on the application and interpretation of the local laws, customs, and regulations;
•Assists in identifying trends/patterns, lessons learned, and best practices related to conduct and discipline issues to further the mission’s objectives in policy development, preventive actions, and awareness-building initiatives;
•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, assists in the development of mission-specific measures to detect personnel misconduct, and ensure compliance with UN standards, proposes strategies for preventive measures, and provide advice on the application and interpretation of local laws, regulations, and customs, etc;
•Prepares various draft outputs, e.g., management briefings, background papers, presentations, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to communications, publications, etc;
•Contributes to maintaining and monitoring a data management system for all categories of personnel misconduct; assists in performing data mining and data analysis to produce narrative and statistical reports;
•Participates in the overall planning of the unit’s work program and handles the day-to-day coordination of activities;
•Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in Law or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years with a master’s degree or equivalent or seven years with a first degree of progressively responsible professional work experience closely related to conduct and discipline, law, international relations, or other related disciplines is required..
Knowledge of UN rules and regulations on conduct and discipline is desirable.
Prior experience in a UN peacekeeping environment is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral or written English is required. Fluency or knowledge of languages spoken in the local area is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.
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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