Job Opening

Posting Title: Liaison Officer, P3
Job Code Title: Witness Protection and Support Officer
Department/Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: KIGALI
Posting Period: 18 November 2021 - 17 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Jurists-RMT-168802-R-Kigali (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Kigali in the Witness Support and Protection Unit, Office of the Registrar, Arusha Branch, Registry. The incumbent will report to the Head of the Witness Support and Protection Unit in the Arusha Branch.

Responsibilities

• Coordinate all activities of the Kigali Office including liaising as necessary, with the Government of Rwanda, diplomatic missions, local and international non-governmental organizations and other agencies.
• Build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships and facilitate communications between the Mechanism and the Government of Rwanda in furtherance of the mandate of the Mechanism.
• Provide administrative support to staff at the Kigali Office.
• Represent the Mechanism in meetings including participation in UN system meetings in Rwanda and conferences on witness and other matters, as required.
• Supervise and manage the logistical and administrative operations of WISP.
• Develop and initiate procedures and protocols that will ensure that WISP is capable of dealing with witnesses.
• Ensure that equal assistance is available to the Prosecution and Defence witnesses, and that necessary separation of administrative and logistical services guarantees confidentiality of witnesses at any given time.
• Develop and initiate procedures and protocols for addressing more complex operations resulting from the number of highly confidential witnesses relating to the trial(s) of high level accused.
• Task witness escort duties and other duties to the Witness Support Assistants.
• Initiate, establish and maintains a network of contacts with the Government of Rwanda and other Member States where witnesses reside.
• Initiate, propose and draft policies and procedures that will increase coordination between WISP, the Trial Teams, The Chambers, OLAD, LSS and the IOR for witness operations.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of Rwandan environment, culture and historical background. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Judgement/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 Organisation. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Managing Performance:
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Public Relations, Law or any other relevant degree. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in a related field preferably in a UN environment with supervisory experience.

Working with an international tribunal would be considered an asset.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable. Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or Swahili is also desirable.

Assessment

There may be an assessment exercise for qualified candidates followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

The appointment is limited to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.
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.


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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.

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