Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 15 May 2019 - 29 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Rule of Law-UNMISS-116768-F-Juba (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 in the Rule of Law Advisory Section in Juba within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with responsibility over UNMISS-operated holding facilities located in Juba, Bentiu and Malakal. All UNMISS duty stations are classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty stations. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section, Rule of Law Advisory Section.


Within limits of delegated authority, and under the supervision of the Director, Rule of Law Advisory Section, the Senior Corrections Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• The Senior Corrections Officer is responsible for the operational running, management and maintenance of good order of holding facilities managed by UNMISS in the UN protection of civilian sites throughout South Sudan and safe custody of all detainees. The Senior Corrections Officer is responsible for the provision of : (a) overall detention support and operational advice to the Director of the Rule of Law component on the operational running and management of UNMISS holding facilities; (b) on-going management, leadership, guidance, training, support and oversight to corrections government-provided personnel (GPP) working at the UNMISS holding facilities; and (c) timely and professional reporting on detention matters to the UNMISS leadership. The Senior Corrections Officer is also responsible for the implementation of policy and other guidance materials regarding detentions and the functioning of the HF, as well as for engaging with Mission components and external partners to ensure appropriate detention conditions and operational running of the holding facilities.

• Establish and maintain contacts and effective relations with other mission components responsible for safety and security of UNMISS protection of civilians sites, senior national government officials and civil society representatives, including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and/or other relevant Ministries, the police, courts, prisons, non-governmental organizations, universities and law schools, media, diplomatic missions and donors.

• Build linkages with other mission components responsible for safety and security of UNMISS protection of civilians site, development partners and donors to ensure a seamless transition to long term development support and mobilization of resources where necessary.

• Advise on and prepare assessment reports, policy documents, guidelines and reports addressing complex strategic and operational detention system issues.

• Participate in coordination mechanisms at mission level, maintaining close working relationships with relevant components (human rights, police, justice, gender, child protection, etc.) and United Nations entities, and represent the mission as required.

•Perform programmatic, managerial and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the mission’s corrections component, including the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, recruiting staff and managing and evaluating staff performance.

•Perform any other task as requested by the mission leadership.


Demonstrated in-depth understanding of corrections system issues, and knowledge of relevant international human rights standards; capacity to adopt a strategic approach to the development of a prison system. S/he 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.

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 others 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 improvements; 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.

Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, social sciences, management or related areas is required. Alternatively, a first-level university degree in these areas, in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience in the field of corrections, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in a corrections system is required, including experience in one or more of the following areas: prison management; policy development; strategic and operational planning; and training or related areas. At least one year of experience providing technical assistance for strengthening the corrections system in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality is required. Experience in managing large team is required. Experience in planning, staffing and budgeting is required. Experience in planning, GPP staffing and budgeting is required. Demonstrated experience with implementation of DPKO Interim Standard Operating Procedures on Detention is highly desirable.


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. However, candidate may be invited for an informal discussion.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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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