Job Opening

Posting Title: CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE OFFICER, P3 [Cancelled]
Job Code Title: CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 07 September 2021 - 06 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-DPPA-DPO-SS-162753-R-New York (X)
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 Executive Office, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO). Under the overall guidance of the Executive Officer, the Conduct and Discipline Officer reports to the Senior Administrative Officer and acts as the focal point for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of conduct and discipline programme, operations and other related activities in DPPA-DPO.

The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) serves as a center of excellence for peace operations, responsible for preventing, responding to and managing conflict and sustaining peace in countries where peace operations under its purview are deployed, and provides support to other entities on peace and security issues.

The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) focuses primarily on five action areas in international peace and security, ensuring sound analysis and early warning, preventing conflict and engaging in peacemaking, managing political crises and violent conflicts, sustaining peace, and enhancing partnerships. The Department's mandate is to prevent and resolve conflict through inclusive political solution.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Conduct and Discipline Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Identifies trends/patterns, lessons learned and best practice relating to conduct and discipline issues with a view to furthering DPPA-DPO’s objectives in policy development, preventive actions and awareness-building initiatives
•Acts as Conduct and Discipline focal point for DPPA-DPO and undertakes reviews of alleged misconduct by DPPA-DPO personnel; receives and documents complaints, gathers information and advises on whether further investigation is warranted; analyzes relevant information and advises on actions to be taken based on an impartial and independent examination of the facts; liaises with relevant parties internally and externally; undertakes appropriate follow-up.
•Reviews and analyzes investigation reports prepared by investigators, or OIOS, and prepares recommendations for further actions by the Head of Entity; oversees/administers investigative teams, liaising with relevant offices to ensure timely onboarding of investigators as well as timely payment upon certification of satisfactory service.
•Keeps current on developments and trends in the field of conduct and discipline and contributes to the development of measures to increase awareness of DPPA-DPO personnel about the UN standards of conduct and to prevent instances of misconduct, e.g. assists in the development and implementation of awareness raising programs, including the development and updating of the Conduct and Discipline Risk Register, the Development of Department wide workplan and the provision of training on conduct and discipline matters, develops DPPA-DPO specific measures to detect personnel misconduct, and ensures compliance with UN standards, proposes strategies for preventive measures, etc.
•Organizes and/or undertakes quantitative and qualitative research and analysis on the consistent application, within DPPA-DPO, of UN and DPPA-DPO policies, procedures, and guidelines related to various aspects of conduct and discipline work; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions; produces progress and briefing reports.
•Contributes to maintaining and monitoring a data management system, including Misconduct Tracking System, for all categories of personnel misconduct; performs data mining and data analysis to produce narrative and statistical reports.
•Prepares various written outputs, e.g. management briefings, background papers, presentations, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to communications, publications, etc.
•Contributes to identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other UN offices including the Administrative Law Divisions of the Office of Human Resources (ALD/OHR) and the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) with a view to pursuing the agenda for conduct and discipline activities, including assistance to victims of misconduct.
•Provides input for the development and implementation of public information and outreach measures on conduct and discipline issues.
•Updates the DPPA-DPO intranet website on conduct and discipline.
•Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of the Departments’ mandates and strategic direction. Demonstrated proficiency in the fields of conduct and discipline, law, human rights, social sciences or human resources management. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to conduct and discipline and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Knowledge of investigation and disciplinary processes in an administrative, criminal, police and/or military context. Demonstrated professional competence in assignments held to date. Strong analytical capacity, and ability to identify, analyze and articulate complex issues/problems. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the conduct and discipline activities. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful 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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of social sciences, political science, law, human rights, human resources management, or other related fields. Familiarity with administrative, labor, criminal and/or military law and principles is desirable. A first-level university degree, in combination with relevant academic qualifications and qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible working experience in positions in the field of conduct and discipline, law, human rights and/or human resources management is required.
Experience with data management including databases is desirable.
Experience with the application of UN rules and regulations related to conduct and discipline is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of French or another UN language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

The appointment or assignment is for one (1) year and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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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No Fee

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