Job Opening

Posting Title: Investigator, P4
Department/Office: Office of the IIIM-SYRIA
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 31 May 2021 - 29 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Investigation-IIIM-SYRIA-154994-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (CASS) of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (Mechanism). The Investigator reports to the Senior Legal Officer (Collections and Analysis) and works under the overall direction of the Head and Deputy Head of the IIIM.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Legal Officer (Collection and Analysis), the Investigator carries out the following duties:

- Serves as the Mechanism’s Lead Investigator (Operations), plans, organizes, coordinates and/or directly leads multiple and complex field investigation missions 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.

- Decides on the investigative tools to be employed; manages and coordinates the work of investigators and other staff as assigned, 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.

- Is responsible under designated Mechanism standard operating procedures for reviewing, approving and/or overseeing designated investigative activities.

- As necessary, contributes to the development of other 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 Syria since 2011.

- Identifies, engages and manages relationships with a diverse range of investigative sources, including intermediary NGOs.

- Organizes and conducts interviews of victims and witnesses, including in difficult or hostile environments and circumstances, and including through the use of interpreters.

- Prepares investigative and analytical reports; reviews and analyses reports and other submissions of subordinates and other staff, 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.

- As necessary, plans and coordinates the work of specialized experts and consultants to support investigative activities.

- In coordination with other responsible Mechanism staff, liaises with national investigative and judicial authorities on investigative activities and judicial proceedings, as appropriate.

- Represents the Mechanism 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.

TEAMWORK: Works 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.

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.


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.
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, international criminal investigations, and other related fields of investigative expertise) 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 or other related investigations in cases or matters involving serious international crimes and violations of international law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, or a related legal area is required.
At least three years of experience in substantive supervision of, or involvement in, complex investigations is required.
Experience supervising a team, preferably in the context of complex international criminal investigations is desirable.
Experience planning, executing and/or implementing sensitive field missions involving the collection of physical or digital evidence and/or contact with witnesses is desirable.
Investigative work experience related to the Middle East, preferably to Syria is desirable.
Experience investigating sexual and gender-based violence crimes is desirable.
Investigative experience with an international criminal justice mechanism, preferably including experience preparing investigation related standard operating procedures is desirable.
Experience identifying, engaging and managing relationships with a diverse range of investigative sources, including intermediary NGOs 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 Arabic is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Fulfillment of the responsibilities of this position may necessitate engagement with material and/or information that may be distressing.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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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