Job Opening

Posting Title: Director of Investigations, D2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 07 June 2020 - 13 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Investigation-UNS-SPM UNITAD-136822-J-Baghdad (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 UNITAD, Iraq. The Director of Investigations reports to the Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team.

Within delegated authority from the Special Adviser, the Director of Investigations will lead the Office of Field Investigations and supervise the work of the Field Investigation Units, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Children’s Unit, and the Forensic Sciences Unit.

UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da'esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq.


Within the delegated authority of the Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team, the Director of Investigations will implement and supervise the work of the Office of Field Investigations, which includes UNITAD’s Field Investigation Units, the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Children’s Unit, and the Forensic Sciences Unit. The incumbent will lead the engagement of UNITAD with national authorities, victims & survivors, NGOs and other entities with a view to obtaining information and evidence of relevance to the investigative priorities of the Team.

Specifically, the Director of Investigations:

• Directs and manages the work programme of the Office of Field Investigations including Field Investigative Units, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Children’s Unit, and Forensic Sciences Unit.

• Leads and manages complex investigative activities, aimed at building cases for criminal prosecution, identifying targets considered among those most responsible for crimes committed by ISIL / Da’esh.

• Ensures the application of international standards in the activities of the Investigative Team while taking into consideration Iraqi law and respecting the sovereignty of the host country.

• Formulates and implements the evidence-collection activities of the Team, determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

• Ensures that all standard operating procedures and other internal procedures are aligned with the highest standards, amends and adapts such procedures to meet evolving needs and circumstances.

• Conducts witness interviews and other evidence-collection activities as appropriate.

• Ensures, in consultation with the Victim and Witness protection unit, that the work of the Field Investigation Units with witness and survivors is conducted in line with the highest possible standards, and in a manner that reduces the potential exposure of such individuals to re-traumatization.

• Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes in the Investigative Team.

• Oversees the management of investigative activities of the Team, ensuring that evidence-collection activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work both within the Investigative Team, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.

• Contributes to the formulation of the overall strategies and policies of the Investigative Team by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the Head of the Investigative Team; contributes to the overall management of the activities and operations of the Investigative Team.

• Co-ordinates and assists the Special Adviser in the preparation of reports for presentation to the Security Council, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.

• Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports, as appropriate.

• Ensures that the outputs produced by the Investigative Team maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all investigative and analytical outputs produced by the Office of Field Investigations meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the mandate of the Investigative Team pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017).

• Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office of Field Investigations, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.

• Oversees the recruitment of staff for the Office of Field Investigations taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.

• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Office of Field Investigations and across organizational boundaries.

• Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

• Performs other related duties as requested by the Head of the Investigative Team.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

(i) The Head of the Investigative Team;
(ii) Managers and staff within the Office of Field Investigations, Office of Evidence and Analysis, and Office of the Chief of Staff;
(iii) Senior Staff within the UN Secretariat, Missions Heads and other UN offices, funds, programmes and specialized agencies;
(iv) Representatives of Governments (High Level Political and Law Enforcement Authorities) and representatives of non-governmental organizations;
(v) Chairs and members of intergovernmental bodies;
(vi) Local population including victims, relatives, witnesses and representatives of impacted communities.

Results expected: Effectively manages and supervises all investigative activities of the Team; ensures coherent strategic framework to guide investigative work; final analytical products are integrated in the work of the Team. Proven leadership in the development of innovative programmes with significant impact on the overall effectiveness of the United Nations.
Intellectual and professional leadership for overall strategy, quality, delivery and results.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised, including forensic and testimonial evidence-collection procedures. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

• Planning& 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.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial Competencies
• Leadership: 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.

• 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; 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 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 International Relations or Political Science, Social Science, Business Administration, Public Administration, Management, Law, or Military Studies is required. A first-level university degree with specific certificates and additional qualifications in the investigative field with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in investigative work, with experience in planning, leading & executing complex national and international criminal investigations, as well as experience in managing multi-disciplinary investigation teams composed of both national and international team members, is required.
Experience in investigation management and administration together with supervisory functions is required.
Experience in leading the conduct of investigations with a UN investigative body or other international investigative body is required.
Experience in leading teams and deployments in high risk areas, including conducting investigative activities in the field, in particular in the Middle East, is highly desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available through 31 December 2020 with possible extension, subject to budgetary approval. 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, 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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