Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Operational Support Section (OSS) 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 (IIIM) located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Witness Protection Officer reports to the Senior Legal Officer (OSS).
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Legal Officer (OSS) and in close coordination with the Witness Support Officer and the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section, the Witness Protection Officer will perform the following functions:
-Conducts risk and threat assessments as well as situational analyses for witnesses and victims who engage with the IIIM.
-Identifies and develops appropriate risk mitigation measures, in coordination with the supervisor and in collaboration with relevant international organizations, national authorities, NGOs and other entities.
-Manages, and coordinates as necessary, the implementation of protection measures for witnesses who engage with the IIIM, including case management and administration.
-Advises IIIM investigative teams on international standards and best practices for witness protection.
-Advises and makes recommendations to investigation teams during the planning of investigative missions on matters related to related to the protection of witnesses and victims.
-Participates and supports investigative missions and engages with witnesses as needed before, during and after they engage with IIIM investigative teams.
-Implements and participates in the development of protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure the safety, security, confidentiality of witnesses and victims who engage with the IIIM in accordance with the IIIM’s mandate and international law standards and best practices.
-Participates in the establishment, development and maintenance of a network of international organizations, national authorities, NGOs and other entities relevant for the provision of protection for witnesses and victims who engage with the IIIM.
-Participates in the negotiation of relevant arrangements and agreements with international organizations, national authorities, NGOs and other entities to support the implementation of protective measures to witnesses and victims who engage with the IIIM.
-Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: Thorough knowledge of witness protection matters and ability to conduct threat assessments and identify appropriate protection measures, combined with solid understanding of criminal justice actors and processes. Understanding of the roles of the UN and other international agencies in conflict or post conflict environments. Demonstrated ability in working under high pressure, and responding quickly and effectively to meet the needs of individuals in fast moving situations. Demonstrated ability and skills in working with people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and expertise in the use of interpreters. Willingness to work flexible hours and attend meetings or to witness needs outside normal working hours. Willingness to provide assistance to all witnesses. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professionalism 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.
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.
Teamwork: 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 joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, criminal justice, human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelors’ or equivalent degree) in the specified fields or a police/military academy degree equivalent to a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience on witness protection in a law enforcement agency and/or criminal justice institution is required.
Experience conducting risk and threat assessments and implementing witness protection measures is required.
Experience establishing and managing an international victim and witness protection programme and/or a national witness protection programme, is desirable.
Experience working on witness protection in an international or hybrid criminal tribunal or investigative mechanism is desirable.
Experience developing protocols and standard operating procedures on witness protection is desirable.
Experience working in conflict or post conflict areas is desirable.
Experience in the Middle East region, especially in a witness protection related capacity, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic and French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of the funds.
Fulfillment of the responsibilities of this position may necessitate engagement with material and/or information that may be distressing.
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.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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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