Job Opening

Posting Title: Investigator, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL
Duty Station: ERBIL
Posting Period: 07 November 2021 - 13 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Investigation-UNS-SPM UNITAD-168031-J-Erbil (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da'esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Erbil, Iraq.

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 ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq.


Within delegated authority, the Investigator is responsible for the following duties:
1.Leads investigative activities of their respective Field Investigation Unit (FIU) or Investigation Team, in consultation with the Senior Investigator and Director, Office of Field Investigations, with respect to acts committed by ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possible genocide, including cases involving sexual and gender-based violence. Undertakes field missions when required;
2.Obtains signed statements from survivors and victims of acts committed by ISIL (Da'esh), including through the use of interpreters, and guides the work of other FIU team members with respect to obtaining such information. Coordinates as necessary with government or state officials for the conduct of interviews;
3.Represents UNITAD in briefings and conferences with staff members and external actors, including government officials, civil society representatives, UN entities and other partners relevant to collection of information and evidence;
4.Is responsible for the work of their respective FIU/Team in identifying, collecting, recording, preserving and storing physical evidence, ensuring that all potential or relevant evidence is gathered and secured, and that all necessary evidential chains of custody are established and maintained, in accordance with international criminal law standards;
5.Plans and coordinates the work of experts and consultants to support investigative priorities;
6.Supports community outreach and engagement efforts with communities affected by ISIL (Da'esh) crimes, including religious leaders, civil society, local authorities, and other relevant stakeholders;
7.Reviews and analyses documents and other information collected and stored through investigative activities;
8.Prepares complete and concise investigation reports, briefs and files, with maps, graphs, charts, tables, images and other illustrative devices as necessary. Supervises the work on such reports by team members;
8.Conducts additional investigative activities as required, in line with guidance provided by the Senior Investigator and the Director, Office of Field Investigations;
9.Arranges and coordinates witness protection measures, in close consultation with the Witness Protection and Support Unit;
10.Assists in forensic projects and undertakes other duties as required;


•Professionalism: 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.

•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, history, political/social science, police studies or a related field is required.

A combination of a first-level university degree in criminology, criminal justice, law, history, political/social science, police studies or related fields and two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience in the field of criminal investigations may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Formal certification or qualification in criminal investigations is desirable. Formal certifications or qualifications in criminal investigations are accepted from military, police, and national intelligence agencies.

Work Experience

A minimum of (seven) 7 years of progressively responsible work experience in law enforcement and criminal investigations in cases involving: serious breaches of international humanitarian law, terrorism, transnational/national organised crime, or murder is required.

Substantial experience (5 years) in the supervision of criminal investigators and of complex criminal investigations is required.

Experience with an international criminal justice mechanism is desirable.

Criminal investigations experience in the Middle East and North Africa region or with respective law enforcement agencies is desirable.

Experience in working on criminal investigations and/or intelligence analysis 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 may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• UNITAD strongly encourages qualified female candidates to apply for this position.

• This position is funded by trust fund and 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.

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.

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