Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, INVESTIGATIONS, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: GOMA
Posting Period: 29 May 2019 - 11 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Investigation-MONUSCO-117691-J-Goma (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' Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The incumbent will lead the Investigations Unit and is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to investigate category 2 cases and any category 1 cases referred to SIU by competent investigative bodies. The incumbent of the post will report directly to the Principal Security Adviser.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will serve as the Chief of the Investigation Unit and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Special Investigations Unit. The incumbent:

- Directs the day to day operations of the Security Investigations Unit. Leads / Directs or supervises teams undertaking complex or sensitive investigations as required.

- Defines the parameters and timetable of investigations; decides on the investigative tools and resources to be employed; ensures that investigations are carried out in a timely fashion and coordinated within the work of the Section and with other stakeholders such as OIOS and CDT as appropriate and that established procedures and policies are complied with;

- Plans, organizes, supervises and/or conducts investigations of all incidents / accidents involving the security and safety of UN personnel, equipment, loss or damage of valuable UN assets and cases of fraud in the mission area; Ensures that investigations are carried out in a timely fashion and coordinated within the Section and with other organizations of the UN system as appropriate; and develops, implements, monitors and evaluates assigned investigations. Conducts interviews and obtains statements; analyzes information;

- Elaborates training programmes for SIU investigators; liaises with other stakeholders like OIOS and CDT for the provision of specialized training programs to investigators.

- Prepares and/or reviews investigation reports and submissions for approval by the PSA and transmissions to other units and offices as appropriate. Ensures the preparation of investigation reports, together with findings and recommendations based on evidence are submitted and reported to relevant Mission authorities.

- Oversees the management of data on reported allegations, liaises with other sections as necessary; Creates and maintains a database and ensures that cases are recorded and uploaded in an orderly manner for statistical purposes. 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.

- Carries out other duties as assigned .


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and approaches relevant to administrative and criminal investigations; good research, analytical, and problem-solving skills; ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of given assignments; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; good management skills; strong drafting skills, especially with respect to the preparation of complex reports of investigation; comprehensive knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures, and operations, including good knowledge of the conditions prevailing in areas where the United Nations conducts peacekeeping missions; an understanding of public sector procedures and practices and knowledge and appreciation of public sector fraud and corruption issues; proven ability to gather evidence and interview suspects and witnesses; proficiency in software applications used in administrative investigations; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery in the area of investigations; 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.

• 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.

• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates an 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.

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate a 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 a commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Judgement/Decision-making: 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; makes 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 whether 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, police studies, business administration or related fields. A combination of a first-level university degree in law, police studies or related fields together with formal qualifications and/or certifications in investigations in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in investigatory work including criminal and administrative investigations is required. Experience in investigation management and administration together with supervisory functions is required. Experience with international investigation activities is required. Experience with an international or multilateral public institution is desirable. Comprehensive knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures and operations is desirable including good knowledge of the conditions prevailing in areas where the United Nations conducts peacekeeping missions.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English or French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until [specific date]. 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.

• 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.

• 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, 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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