Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 03 February 2021 - 17 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Rule of Law-MINUSMA-149377-F-Bamako (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 Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Senior Corrections Officer reports to the Chief Justice and Correction.


Within limits of delegated authority, and under the supervision of the MINUSMA Chief Justice and Correction, the Senior Corrections Officer is responsible for the Mission’s advisory support to national authorities to improve Penitentiary Administration management and oversight of prison facilities to ensure proper treatment of detainees in accordance with international standards. The Senior Corrections Officer coordinates closely with the Human Rights and Political and Good Governance Units of MINUSMA and works in partnership with the UN agencies, funds and programmes involved in the rule of law sector.

•Provides support to national counterparts in coordinating international assistance in the penitentiary sector and advises on resource mobilization initiatives for improving the corrections system, particularly
through joint programmes implemented by the UN country team.
•Advises national authorities and senior managers of the Mission and the UNCT on the internal reform of the HNP to further develop an independent Prison Administration system.
•Coordinates and leads the development and implementation of joint strategies of the Mission and the UNCT related to strengthening and development of all aspects of the corrections system, including:
implementation of applicable international standards; development and implementation of strategic planning processes; review and development of relevant legislation; rehabilitation of facilities;
management of prisoners and staff; management of critical strategic and operational issues; and supporting the development of effective linkages with the police and the court system.
•These responsibilities will be undertaken by: advising, coaching and mentoring national counterparts; supporting strategic planning processes; monitoring training needs analyses and advising on the
preparation of training and development strategies and an implementation plan; advising on training and development of the national prison management personnel; advising on the design, development
and implementation of the corrections training programs for all levels of staff, including new recruits, supervisory and management staff, non-uniformed administration staff and special units;
•Establishes and maintains contacts and effective relations with national government officials and civil society representatives (including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and/or other relevant
Ministries, the police, the court system, women’s groups, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions and donors, and the media);
•Builds linkages with development partners and donors to ensure seamless transition to long term development support and mobilization of resources where necessary;
•Advises on good prison practice and procedure, including management of critical operational, security issues and the rehabilitation of infrastructure.
•Drafts clear and succinct briefings and reports on correctional matters and ensures the high quality of reports and briefings for senior managers. Oversees the preparation of and ensures the quality of
assessments, policy documents and guidelines;
•Participates in coordination mechanisms at Mission level, maintaining close working relationships with relevant components (human rights, police, justice, gender etc.) and UN agencies, and represent the
Mission as required;
•Oversees the completion of programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the corrections team, including preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing
and evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates;
•Performs other tasks as required.


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English and French; 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 and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.

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.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, social sciences or management. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in a corrections system is required, including experience in policy and planning or training. This must include at least one year of professional experience providing technical assistance for strengthening corrections systems in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality.
Significant management experience is required.
Experience providing services in the field of corrections system to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience in drafting policy documents and reports to governmental or intergovernmental bodies is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French (both spoken and written) 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 "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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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