Job Opening

Posting Title: INVESTIGATOR, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 29 April 2021 - 14 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Investigation-IIMM-153305-J-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar was established by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 39/2, adopted on 27 September 2018. The creation of the Mechanism was welcomed by the General Assembly in its resolution 73/264, adopted on 22 December 2018. This position is located in the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (CASS), based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Investigator reports to a Team Leader in the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (CASS).


Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader in the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section, the Investigator will perform the following functions:

- Plans and organizes multiple and complex investigations with the aim of collecting evidence of crimes within the Mechanism's mandate, including by liaising and coordinating with relevant organizations and individuals as well as by making logistical and other operational arrangements.
- Organizes and conducts interviews of victims and witnesses, including in difficult or hostile environments and circumstances, and including through the use of interpreters
- Decides on the investigative tools to be employed; manages and coordinates the work of investigators in the team, and ensures the quality and timeliness of their work products, ensuring that all potential or relevant evidence is gathered and secured and that chain of custody is maintained in accordance with international criminal law standards.
- Contributes to the development of protocols and standard operating procedures on the collection, consolidation, preservation and analysis of information related to crimes within the Mechanism's mandate, i.e., serious international crimes and violations of international law committed in Myanmar since 2011.
- Prepares investigative and analytical reports; reviews and analyses reports and other submissions, as well as other documents and information collected, stored and preserved, and ensures that they are in compliance with established internal procedures and policies as well as international criminal justice standards.
- Plans and coordinates the work of specialized experts and consultants to support investigative activities.
- Liaises with national investigative and judicial authorities on investigative activities and judicial proceedings, as appropriate.
- Represents IIMM in briefings and conferences with external actors including government officials, civil society actors, UN entities and other partners relevant to the collection of information and evidence.
- Supports the Mechanism's public outreach and public information efforts.
- Undertakes other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to lead and conduct large scale and complex criminal investigations and build cases. Ability to analyse complex political, military, paramilitary and other related groups’ activities in relations to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including sexual and gender-based crimes. Ability to employ sound professional investigative experience to facilitate the production of high-quality work from the team. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal investigations. Familiarity with the use of various research methodologies and sources including digital sources. Ability to work in a high-tech environment. 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.

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.

TEAMWORK: Workss collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

JUDGMENT/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 criminology, criminal justice, law, human rights, history, political/social science or a related field is required.
Certification or training in investigation is desirable.
A combination of a first-level university degree in law, police studies or related fields together with a diploma and/or certification in investigations (military, police, federal/national intelligence agencies) in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A diploma and/or certification in investigations in combination with four additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the first-level university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of experience in criminal investigations in cases involving serious international crimes and violations of international law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, is required.
At least three years of experience in the substantive supervision of complex investigations is required.
Extensive experience conducting witness interviews in different cultural environments is desirable.
Experience conducting criminal investigations in a national police or investigative body is desirable.
Experience leading a team or mentoring others is desirable.
Experience investigating sexual and gender-based crimes is desirable.
Experience conducting open source investigations or using open source materials in investigations is desirable.
Experience conducting investigations in an international criminal tribunal or international investigative body is desirable.
Criminal investigations work experience in the Asia region is desirable.
Experience working on investigations or information analysis in relation to Myanmar is 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. Knowledge of local Myanmar languages is desirable.


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

Special Notice

• This position is available until 30 November 2021 subject to possible extension.
• 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.

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.

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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