Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Section, Investigations, P5 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: Office of Internal Oversight Services
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 18 January 2018 - 03 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Investigation-OIOS-87881-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This job opening is being issued for a position in the Operational Standards and Support Section (OSSS) in the Investigations Division (ID) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in New York. The incumbent will be leading OSSS and will report to the Director of ID/OIOS.

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


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will serve as Chief of the Operational Standards and Support Section (OSSS) in the Investigations Division (ID) of the Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in New York. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Plans, organizes, conducts and/or supervises the investigation of the most serious and complex cases of alleged violations of the Organization's Rules, Regulations and pertinent administrative instructions, or cases involving serious breaches of international humanitarian laws.
•Leads and supervises teams of investigators and coordinates investigative activities of team members; develops, implements, monitors and evaluates assigned investigations.
•Provides policy advice in relation to investigation strategy and develops or contributes to the development of investigation policy.
•Ensures the preparation of complete and concise investigation reports and other written contribution, together with findings and recommendations and related disciplinary and/or jurisdictional actions, as well as evidence and materials to support such actions; reviews reports and written submissions of his/her subordinates; carries out responsibilities for ensuring the legal sufficiency of planning and reporting documents of the Division, including matters concerning peer reviews.
•Prepares cases for submission to the United Nations justice system and/or referral to relevant national jurisdictions; carries out liaison and coordination between the Division and relevant United Nations legal offices, such as the Administrative Law Section and the Office of Legal Affairs; responds to requests for information, assistance and advice from offices and departments outside the Division; provides advice and expertise on investigatory matters.
•Supervises intake, processing and evaluation of all new matters for jurisdiction decisions; coordinates the Division’s information load to ensure conformity to relevant United Nations legal requirements as applicable; carries out responsibilities for the management and handling of evidentiary material, including locating and liaising with forensic institutions.
•Works collaboratively and in coordination with colleagues to achieve Organizational goals, in accordance with standard operating procedures and in compliance with Organizational regulations and rules.
•Conducts specialized and advanced jurisdictional and programmatic research; reviews, develops and updates ID/OIOS guidance material; identifies procedural and technical gaps related to investigations to facilitate policy decisions; monitors its implementation to ensure that the established procedures and policies are complied with.
•Manages a centralized OIOS Referral Service, which includes, supervising and drafting correspondence and compiling supporting documentation for the referral of matters to relevant entities, assessment of complaints, responding to requests regarding referral matters, and ensuring appropriate follow-up with relevant entities on referral outcome.
•Oversees and prepares statistical reports and related output as required by OIOS senior management and external entities, which includes preparing analytical reports and related outputs.
•Performs other duties as required.


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 analyse 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.

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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law, criminal investigation, or related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in law, investigatory work, including criminal and administrative investigations, is required. Experience in investigation management and administration, together with supervisory functions, is required. Experience with international investigation activities is required.


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


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

Special Notice

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.

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.

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

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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