Job Opening

Posting Title: DEPUTY HEAD (International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism - Syria), D1
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Legal Affairs-OHCHR-77564-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Appointment for this position will be for two years.

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

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.

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

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.

Due consideration will be given to appointing women, experts in the areas of sexual and gender-based crimes and justice for children.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate 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 (“Mechanism”) was established by GA resolution 71/248 on 21 December 2016.

The Deputy Head of the Mechanism, who is accountable to the Head of the Mechanism and acts as Officer-in-charge during his or her absence, carries out specific substantive and administrative assignments as decided by the Head.


Under the overall guidance of the Head, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Provides coordination and direction to the work and activities of the Mechanism to ensure implementation of the strategic decisions.

• Develops and maintains a framework for the management and planning of the Mechanism’s activities and facilitates the development of the overall work programme.

• Advises the Head in the adoption and revision of the Mechanism’s internal procedures and methods of work.

• Directs the provision of legal and methodological advice; develops general positions, standards and guidelines related to the conduct of the Mechanism’s work.

• Supervises the work of the Analysis, Information Collection and Files Preparation and Sharing sections and their respective chiefs.

• Supervises the staff and the work of the Mechanism’s support services.

• Manages and provides substantive leadership to staff members; supervises the distribution of tasks and the timely delivery of outputs.

• Assists the Head in maintaining relations with Governments, other United Nations agencies and entities, international organizations, regional and national institutions, non governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and academia.

• Directs the drafting and advises the Head in the conclusion of agreements with Member States and other entities to ensure their cooperation.

• Assists the Head in maintaining liaison on policy matters with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, other relevant offices at Headquarters, and other Departments of the Secretariat.

• Establishes and maintains regular and constructive relationships with the Commission of Inquiry.

• Establishes and maintains regular and constructive relationships with other UN and other entities, including the JIM, SRSGs (CAC and SVAC).

• Liaises with any other entities or bodies, as well as with Member States.

• Oversees the preparation of the Mechanism’s budget and of the bi-annual report to the General Assembly, as well as other management reports on activities and achievements.

• Assists the Head with the administration and management of the Mechanism, in particular the budget process and resource mobilization.

• Represents the Head at meetings and makes statements on her or his behalf.

• Performs other duties as required by the Head.


PROFESSIONALISM : Comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience in international criminal justice. In-depth knowledge of international criminal law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Proven record of independence and impartiality and committed to upholding justice, accountability and ensuring gender equality. Excellent knowledge of the UN system and coordination mechanisms. Comprehensive knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures and operations. Good negotiating skills, good capacity of analysis and synthesis. 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.

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.

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.

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 improvement; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations or a related discipline 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 degree.

Work Experience

At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in international criminal justice or related legal areas, including 10 years substantial experience at the international level, is required. Management experience and experience with staffing, budgeting and planning is desirable. Experience with United Nations policies, procedures and operations is desirable. Work experience in the areas of sexual and gender-based crimes and justice for children is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French or Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

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, 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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