Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei
Duty Station: ABYEI
Posting Period: 03 October 2018 - 10 October 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Administration-UNISFA-104669-J-Abyei (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), duty station Abyei. The incumbent reports directly to the Head of Mission or their designate.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section, Conduct and Discipline will be responsible for the following duties:

- Provides strategic guidance and overall assistance to mission's leadership in general, and the Head of Mission in particular, on addressing the full range of conduct and discipline issues pertaining to the mission's military, police and civilian personnel, and on planning and managing the implementation of the conduct and discipline programme and related activities.

- Provides strategic vision, guidance, leadership to and overall management of the Conduct and Discipline Team and its staff; formulates and directs the implementation of the work programme.

- Oversees and coordinates programmed activities, including prevention, enforcement and remedial action for misconduct by UN personnel and other initiatives, ensuring appropriate coordination and integration with the mission's general mandate, and with its components and other UN entities;

- Provides programmatic/substantive reviews of work and draft reports prepared by others. Analyzes implications of emerging issues/trends and formulates recommendations on possible strategies and measures to address them.

- Oversees case management for all categories of UN personnel in all geographical areas covered by the Unit, liaises with Senior Management, mission security, other relevant stakeholders and UNHQ with regards to cases of misconduct.

- Liaises with the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services and other UN entities, as well as with government officials, political leaders, NGOs, leaders of civil society, regional/sub-regional actors and organizations, the diplomatic community, local and international media, and other internal and external stakeholders operating within the mission area, and ensure effective coordination of conduct and discipline activities, including victims assistance. May serve in committees concerned with conduct and discipline issues, as relevant.

- Ensures the development and implementation of awareness building and preventative programmes and provides guidance on the implementation of a training strategy on the prevention of misconduct for all categories of UN personnel.

- Provides and oversees the provision of input for the Secretary-Generals' reports to the Security Council and other reports on conduct and discipline-related activities of the mission, as well as briefings to the Security Council and monitors them for quality and accuracy.

- Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under their supervision, oversees the activities of conduct and discipline focal points in field locations, undertakes and oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, recruitment and staff performance evaluation taking into consideration gender and geographical balance.

- Performs other related work as required.


Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the strategic direction of a peacekeeping mission and its operations, and understanding of the political, social and economic environment and their impact on the implementation of a mission’s mandate. Expert knowledge of conduct and discipline issues in general and in the specific areas being supervised, and their relationship and linkages to the broader post-conflict recovery framework and initiatives. Demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping operations generally and issues affecting personnel, human rights and legal issues more specifically. Substantial and diverse experience in all facets of the job. Ability to communicate CDU’s goals in the context of the mission’s strategic direction and to partner with civil society and relevant officials in the host country. Ability to transform mandate objectives into a results-oriented work programme and manage the same. Demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity; and ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of conduct and discipline issues/problems. Demonstrated capacity for original and creative thinking, independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, project and other sensitive and confidential issues/problems. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to conduct and discipline and seasoned knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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.

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.

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.

Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Law, Social Sciences, Human Rights, Public Administration or Human Resources Management is required. A first level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of policy, conduct and discipline, human resources, law, personnel dispute resolution processes or management. Experience in information analysis and problem solving in administration or legal contexts in large organizations. proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills. Sound knowledge of the challenges of peacekeeping. UN experience is desirable, as is field experience with a UN peacekeeping operation, particularly in post-conflict environments.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for an initial period of 6 months, with the possibility of further extension. 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.

• 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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