• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.
• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
Under the overall authority of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary- General (DSRSG) Political, the Director of the Rule of Law Unit (ROLU) has the following roles and responsibilities, within the delegated authority.
•Leads and manages the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to the strengthening and development of all aspects of the rule of law, security sector, justice system, including: mapping of the status of the rule of law sector in South Sudan; implementation of applicable international standards, development and implementation of strategic planning processes, review and development of relevant legislation, supporting the development of effective linkages with the police and corrections systems. This will be undertaken by advising national counterparts and providing technical assistance, as needed.
•Articulate a strategy for UNMISS’ support to implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), with a focus on transitional justice and security arrangements, in close coordination with other Mission components, in particular UNPOL, Political Affairs Civil Affairs Divisions and the Military Component of the mission;
•Provide strategic advice to the SRSG and DSRSG in the area of Rule of law and security institutions;
•Lead, oversee and manage the work of RoL Unit and its components, including in the areas of security sector reform, DDR, justice, legal affairs and corrections;
•Support the SRSG and DSRSG in promoting a coherent and coordinated approach of the UN common system and the wider international community in the above areas, by supporting coordination structures led by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), and by developing effective partnerships with UN and international partners, including IGAD and the African Union, and bilateral partners;
•Build strategic and technical linkages with the relevant rule of law sector working groups, development partners and donors to ensure a seamless transition to longer-term development support and the mobilization of resources where necessary.
•Support the ‘good offices’ of the Mission leadership to strategically engage with South Sudanese stakeholders; UN, bilateral and regional partners; and civil society actors on the development of the rule of law and security institutions in South Sudan, including in areas of return;
•Respond to requests and strategic guidance from UN Headquarters in New York; • Perform any other task as appropriately requested by the SRSG or DSRSG.
Professionalism: Significant knowledge of rule of law and the reform of security institutions in conflict and post- conflict settings; proven leadership and managerial skills; proven ability to work with national stakeholders at the ministerial level as well as a wide range of technical experts in the security, justice and corrections sectors; Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to develop viable strategies to strengthen rule of law and security institutions in a highly complex political environment; proven strengths in policy and strategic-level coordination; 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 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.
Connunication: 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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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 Organization; 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.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the area of governance, law, management or administration of the business, public or security sector, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university
At least 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the areas of rule of law and security institutions, international affairs, governance, institutional development, international legal assistance advisor or a related field is required is required. This must include at least 3 years providing technical assistance for the development/reform of legal and judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality. At least five years of experience in managing inter-disciplinary and/or multinational teams is required. Professional experience working with the United Nations common system or another international, regional, governmental, or non- governmental organization, in a role relevant to this position, is required. Relevant experience in the area of security sector reform and/or disarmament, demobilization and reintegration is desirable. Experience working in or on South Sudan is desirable. Experience serving in a UN peace operation is desirable. Experience working with a regional organization, in particular the African Union, or sub-regional organization, in particular IGAD, is desirable. A minimum of three years documented experience managing staff, including office management (hiring, budgeting and strategic development is also required).
French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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