Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, INVESTIGATIONS, P5
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, INVESTIGATIONS
Department/Office: Office of Internal Oversight Services
Duty Station: ENTEBBE
Posting Period: 16 September 2022 - 30 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Investigation-OIOS-187780-F-Entebbe (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Service Center in Entebbe (Uganda). The incumbent will report to the Deputy Director of the Investigations Division (ID) of the Regional Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in Entebbe. The incumbent will be required to travel to remote locations, at times for extended periods, to manage and conduct investigations.

The Office of Internal Oversight Services is an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and to the General Assembly. The Investigations Division of OIOS follows up on reports of possible violations of regulations or rules, mismanagement, misconduct, waste of resources, or abuse of authority.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will serve as the Chief of the Investigations Section in the Entebbe Regional Office (Uganda). The incumbent is responsible for all day-today- operation in that particular duty station. The incumbent will:

•Plan, organize, conduct and manage investigations of cases of alleged misconduct, malfeasance, mismanagement, waste of resources, abuse of authority, fraud, corruption, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), and violations of United Nations regulations and rules

• Ensure that investigations are carried out in a timely fashion and coordinated within the work of the Division and with other organizations of the United Nations system, as appropriate, and develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned investigations

• Ensure the preparation of investigation reports, together with findings and recommendations and related disciplinary and jurisdictional actions, as well as evidence and materials to support such actions; assign tasks to investigation team members to assist in carrying out the assignments

• Create and maintain a case activity list of the active and open investigations for priority setting and overall case management by the Deputy Director and the Director

• Prepare cases for submission to the United Nations justice system and/or referral to relevant national jurisdictions; respond to requests for information, assistance and advice from offices and departments outside the Division; supervise intake, processing and evaluation of all new matters for jurisdictional decisions; coordinate the Division's information management to ensure conformity and relevance to United Nations legal requirements, as applicable; have responsibility for the management and handling of evidentiary material, including locating and liaising with relevant forensic institutions; liaise and coordinate between the Division and the relevant United Nations legal offices — the Administrative Law Section and the Office of Legal Affairs; carry out responsibilities for ensuring the legal sufficiency of the planning and reporting documents of the Division, including matters concerning peer reviews

• Liaise with other Offices’ and Departments’ staff and management, both at Headquarters in New York and at field missions worldwide, in discussing the work of the Office; coordinate the presentation of disciplinary cases to national jurisdictions or administrative disciplinary bodies; provide advice and expertise on investigatory matters

• Oversee administrative tasks as appropriate

• Carry out other tasks as may be assigned by the Deputy Director

• Lead team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal investigation. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to identify and analyze problems/issues and participate in their resolution. Proven ability to gather evidence and interview suspects and witnesses. 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. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management.

•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 AND 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.

•LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

•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 (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law or a field related to investigations. A first-level university degree in law or a field related to investigations in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in investigatory work,
including managerial experience, is required.

Experience in interviewing subjects and witnesses in the furtherance of investigations is required.

Experience in analysis of evidence and preparation of files of evidence is required.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. A working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations.

The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

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.

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.

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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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