Job Opening

Posting Title: Forensic Investigation Officer (Digital Forensics), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 29 July 2020 - 07 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Natural and Life Sciences-UNS-SPM UNITAD-139232-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 within the United Nations Investigative Team to promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD), Office of Analysis and Evidence, Forensic Science Unit in Baghdad Iraq. The Forensic Investigation Officer (Digital Forensics) will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Forensic Science Unit (FSU).

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 delegated authority, the Forensic Investigation Officer (Digital Forensics) will perform the following tasks:
- Identify, collect, package, preserve, handle, store and forensically examine digital evidentiary material relevant to the investigation of crimes committed by ISIL (Da'esh);
- Carry out forensic examinations of digital evidence seized from ISIL (Da'esh) terrorists (mobile phones, laptops, desktops, external hard disks, electronic documents and files, networks and other forms of data storage devices) and forensic examinations of electronic documents and files, such as photographs and videos for enhancement and face/voice identifications;
- Submits expert reports in relation to the aforementioned forensic examinations, capable of supporting criminal court proceedings;
- Conducts appropriately digital forensics and scientific evidence related duties and activities.
- Assists in the preparation of field missions, including the preparation of forensic equipment, hardware, software and consumables;
- Participate as required in field activities;
- In particular, conduct targeted field-based investigations in order to obtain digital evidence relevant to the investigations, sometimes through direct engagement with suspects, victims and witnesses;
- Gives, pursuant to the instructions of the Head of the Forensic Science Unit, operational lead to the other members of the Unit;
- Manages, updates, prepares re-supply the forensic digital equipment, hardware, software and consumables of the Forensic Science Unit, in particular by the implementation of a management system;
- Advises and assists the Head of the Forensic Science Unit on forensic and scientific procedures and techniques to be used in digital forensics;
- Conducts research related to drafting and updating forensic standard operating procedures, best practice manuals, guidelines, forms and training on digital forensics practices;
- Develops an appropriate intelligence and documentation collection plan for scientific support to UNITAD's investigations, notably in regards to forensic examinations of digital evidence;
- Provides expert advice on how to use existing international and national networks for further supporting digital forensics investigations under UNITAD's mandate.
•Performs other duties as required.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal investigations. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, ability to gather evidence and interview suspects and witnesses. 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.

• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

• TEAMWORK: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in digital forensics, computer forensics and cybersecurity, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience in digital forensics investigations/examinations, with a special focus on complex political, military, paramilitary, terrorist activities, or activities of related groups, in cases involving serious breaches of international humanitarian law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence, is required.
Relevant experience in digital forensics in a governmental or inter-governmental agency, scientific police institute, international tribunal or international fact-finding commission is required.
Working experience in digital forensics investigations in the Middle East and North Africa region is desirable.
Working experience in digital forensics investigations in relation to ISIL (Da'esh) is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available. 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.

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