Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 01 December 2021 - 14 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Investigation-UNVMC-169867-R-Bogota (M)
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 Bogota, within the UNDSS Integrated Security in Colombia. The Security Investigator will report to the Chief Security Officer/Advisor through the Supervisor, Investigation Cell and the Deputy Chief Security Officer.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff, as per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. #United_for_Gender_Parity

Candidates interested to work for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia may wish to check out our Realistic Job Preview videos to get an idea of the living and working conditions in different duty stations in Colombia.:


Within delegated authority, the Security Investigator will perform the following duties:
Conducts jointly or individually investigations into cases assigned by the SIU Coordinator; Prepares written reports and makes recommendations for managerial action to deter reoccurrence of incidents; no disciplinary related action is recommended. Ensures the proper records of all reports (incoming and outgoing). Liaises with OIOS to ensure that all matters involving United Nations personnel/property are registered and investigated, as assigned. Ensures issuance of SIU statistics. Keeps abreast of investigative procedures, good practices, staff rules, policies including disciplinary related policies and new UN and security policies. Acts as OIC in the absence of the SIU Coordinator. Keeps the SIU Coordinator informed of all SIU and security-related matters brought to SIU's attention. Undertake, either personally or jointly with other investigators, investigation tasks and inquiries into violation of security matters, illegal activities, accidents or incidents, complaints and allegations of misconduct, disciplinary cases, and so on, in which members of Mission Civilian Staff/Police/Military advisors may be involved or implicated, and prepare reports to the Chief Security Officer/Deputy Chief Security Officer; Assess the nature of reported complaints, establish the ingredients of the relevant offences, and prepare comprehensive written investigation reports in a timely manner according to existing UN policies; Ensure all investigation processes and procedures include and adequate gender perspective as relevant according to UN policies; Have the ability to interpret and apply any administrative Instructions, Policies, Rules and Regulations that go into circulation from time to time as guidance for staff members; Visit the scene of incidents or accidents, and examine clues that would assist in the investigations process; In the performance of the above-mentioned duties maintain liaison, as required, with local police and other national authorities, or other agents in the Mission area who would make investigations bear good results; Perform random checks on Mission vehicles as a deterrent measure for abuses; Maintain and update the office investigations' database and other office records for ease of reference; Function as the Standby Duty Officer when placed on the periodic roster to do so; Perform any other assignment as required and detailed by the Chief Security Officer/Deputy Chief Security Officer.


Professionalism:- Demonstrates knowledge of common internal security policies, processes,and procedures, and those specific related to the place of assignment;- Shows knowledge of local laws and practices related the mission area;- Is able to gather information from a variety of sources;- Is able to detect and identify dangerous objects and knowledge of how to deal with such objects;- Is able to remain calm in any emergency situations;- Is willing to work extra hours or on shifts;- Shows trustworthiness, high sense of responsibility, alertness, physically fit for duty, emotional stability, and neatness;- Possesses high sense of confidentiality, initiative, and good judgement;- 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:- 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.


High-school diploma or equivalent. Formal qualifications and/or certifications in investigations obtained through service with military, police, other governmental or intergovernmental agencies and organizations or private enterprise investigative firms is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible, full-time experience in professional investigative work is required.

Experience in a conflict, post-conflict, or complex environment is desirable.

Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmers) - or similar international or non-governmental organization - is desirable.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required.


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

Special Notice

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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