Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 May 2023 - 06 July 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Rule of Law-DPKO-208121-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) provides political and executive direction to United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of United Nations, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peace operations. This position is located in the DPO Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Justice and Corrections Service (JCS).

JCS serves as a centre of expertise on justice, corrections and related rule of law areas within the United Nations Secretariat and supports the work of justice and corrections components in United Nations peace operations and other United Nations entities. It assists host countries to deliver essential justice and prison services, strengthen criminal justice systems, and facilitate rule of law reforms. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Service


Reporting to the Chief of JCS (D-1), the Deputy Chief (P-5) will undertake the following functions:

•Provide advice and expertise to senior management at Headquarters and senior leadership of United Nations peace operations on rule of law issues, including on the strategic direction of the Organization’s rule of law work and the establishment of justice and corrections components of peace operations.

•Assist the Chief of JCS in the management and administration of the Service, ensuring that all outputs produced by JCS meet high-quality standards, and that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and in close coordination with other relevant actors within and outside the United Nations system; serve as officer-in-charge in the Chief’s absence.

•Oversee the planning of, and support to, justice and corrections components of United Nations peace operations, including the provision of operational guidance and strategic advice.

•Provide policy guidance to JCS personnel and senior staff of United Nations peace operations on strengthening the rule of law in conflict, post-conflict and other fragile settings.

•Contribute to the implementation of the gender strategy of the Department and the Organization, as well as to other efforts to promote gender equality, diversity and integration.

•Engage with Member States and United Nations legislative bodies on rule of law matters in conflict, post-conflict and other fragile settings.

•Provide briefings to military, diplomatic, academic and NGO audiences and participate in conferences, seminars and meetings.

•Develop and maintain high-level partnerships within the United Nations system and with external agencies to encourage integrated and well-coordinated rule of law support to host countries of United Nations peace operations.

•Advise the Chief of JCS on recruitment, personnel and budgetary matters.

•If and when necessary and subject to available funding, participate in field visits to (1) design justice and corrections components as part of new or evolving United Nations peace operations; and (2) review existing justice and corrections components to provide recommendations on how to increase the effectiveness and impact of their activities.

•Serve on various committees, working groups and task forces, as required; promote the work of the United Nations; and represent the Organization in meetings, conferences and seminars.


•Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the strategic direction of peace operations and understanding of the political, social and economic environment and their impact on the implementation of a mission’s mandate
•Extensive knowledge of judicial, legal and correctional system issues, including knowledge of criminal law and relevant international human rights standards, at the technical and strategic level and their relationship and linkages to peace operation priorities and the broader developmental/post-conflict recovery framework and initiatives
•Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others
•Extensive knowledge of the institutions of the United Nations system and respective institutional mandates
•Extensive knowledge of policies and guidelines related to the rule of law
•Ability to stay calm in stressful situations

•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 joining responsibility for team shortcomings.

•Actively seeks to improve programmes or services
•Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs
•Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas
•Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”
•Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things
•Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

•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 improvement
•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

•Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks
•Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals
•Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction
•Inspiring others to pursue that same direction
•Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following disciplines: law, international affairs, social sciences, management or in a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Bar qualification is desirable. Graduation from a certified prison or corrections academy or other similar training institution is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in law, the rule of law or the justice or corrections sector is required. This must include at least two years providing strategic guidance and technical assistance for strengthening rule of law, legal, judicial or corrections institutions in a developmental, transitional and/or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s home country.

Significant management experience, including experience managing teams of persons from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds is required.

Significant experience with United Nations budgetary processes, human resources and workforce planning is required.

Significant experience working in a peace operation is desirable.

Experience writing and publishing articles relating to rule of law, justice or corrections is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in oral and written French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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