Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Information and Evidence Officer, P2
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the IIIM-SYRIA
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 16 December 2021 - 29 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Information Management Systems-IIIM-SYRIA-170062-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Information Systems Management Section (ISMS) 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 (IIIM) located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Information and Evidence Officer will be under the direct supervision of the P3, Information and Evidence Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Supporting review and analysis tasks:
- Translates the objectives of investigations into technical activities to assist teams in their examination of electronic content;
- Populates evidence selection systems in a manner that enables teams to select relevant information and evidence;
- Analyzes structures and purposes of collected data in order to advise staff on appropriate measures to extract relevant information while maintaining the forensic integrity of the evidence;
- Assists teams in building and executing search queries to identify material of interest;

2. Performing evidence handling and custodial obligations:
- Ensures the sound collection, preservation, registration, digitization, and secure permanent storage of collected material and maintains its chain of custody, provenance taxonomies, auditing, and authenticity;
- Performs data ingestion, processing, and indexing of registered material and populates review and analysis systems;
- Troubleshoots any issues encountered during data ingestion, processing, and indexing;
- Documents efficient procedures regarding the review of evidence and information;
- Maintains an end-to-end data model supporting efficient information flow within evidence handling business processes and enforcing the provenance of collected material and confidential classifications;
- Documents eDiscovery requirements and workflows, including technical specifications for data harvesting and processing and required formats for the transfer of data;

3. Supporting operational aspects of system design, evaluation and implementation:
- Prepares technical documents, gather requirements, and initiating standardization and procurement practices in accordance with United Nations procedures;
- Provides training on eDiscovery and its tools for both internal and external stakeholders;
- Acts as an administrator of eDiscovery tools;
- Performs other duties as requested.

Competencies

Knowledge of data retrieval and analysis, data processing work or document review support work; Understanding of search strategies and technologies (both text and non-text), data and metadata, and technology assisted review; Knowledge of data protection regulations or practices; Knowledge of legal and evidentiary requirements. 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in information, computer, forensic, library sciences, journalism, law, linguistics, Arabic, social sciences or related area is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A technical or vocational certificate in specific eDiscovery tools such as Relativity or Nuix is desirable.
A technical or vocational certificate in the field of project management is desirable.
Relevant training in SQL and/or Python is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible work experience in eDiscovery, evidence management, software engineering, database administration, litigation, analysis, investigation, or a related field is required.

Experience working with documents using right-to-left script and in informational retrieval techniques for Arabic is desirable.

Experience in the use and/or administration of at least one common litigation support tool, such as Relativity or Nuix, is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

The appointment against this position is limited to the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria (IIIM).

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

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

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

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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