Investigator, Kabul, Afghanistan

Employer: United Nations
Location: Afghanistan
Closing date: Wednesday, 18 November 2015

This temporary vacancy is for the period through 5 September 2016Candidates should have no expectation of any fixed-term appointment possibility after the end of this temporary assignment. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

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.
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Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Investigator will be based in Kabul. The Investigator will report Chief Security Adviser (CSA) and Chief Security Officer (CSO) through the Deputy Chief Security Officer.

Within delegated authority, he/she shall be responsible for the following duties

(These duties are generic and may not all be performed by all , depending on the entity in which the Investigator serves)
Leads and manages a team of investigators and coordinates investigative activities;
Supervises and manages a Special Investigations Unit and coordinates investigation personnel throughout multiple locations;
Plans, organizes conducts and manages investigations of cases of alleged violations of UN Rules, Regulations and pertinent administrative instructions/breaches.
Conducts interviews and obtains statements; conducts analyses
Gathers, records and preserves all potential or relevant evidences, safeguarding chain of custody and ensuring that all necessary evidence chains are established and maintained;
Participates in briefing and planning conferences with investigation staff;
Directs and conducts incident response activities. Undertakes or oversees pre-response preparation, reception and recording of incident information, informing appropriate persons/offices during and after response, planning for response, and deployment to incident scene;
Implements and maintains established procedures to ensure professional competency and completeness throughout the investigation process;
Develops or contributes to the development of processes to meet the investigation needs;
Prepares complete and concise investigation reports and conducts post investigation tasks;
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;
Works closely with operational partners within UNAMA, United Nations Agencies, Funds, Programmes snd other investigative bodies.
Performs other duties as required.

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Proficiency in software applications used in investigations. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, ability to gather evidence and interview subjects 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. 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) in law, international law, criminal investigation, police studies or related fields. A combination of a first-level university degree in the aforementioned field together with formal qualifications and/or certifications in investigations (military, police, federal/national intelligence agencies) and two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of five years (seven for holders of a first-level university degree) of full-time progressively responsible experience in investigation or a related field is required. Experience serving in UN peacekeeping missions or special political missions in an investigative capacity overseeing investigations is desirable. For this position, applicants should also have experience in the following areas; investigations in conflict or post-conflict environments, substantial exposure to international environments and contexts, field exposure within the United Nations system, working within large and diverse teams of investigators. Knowledge of the wider spectrum of investigative techniques, in particular experience in the application of forensic techniques in underdeveloped and challenging environments, investigation training and extensive experience in drafting or writing high quality reports on complex cases.

English and French are the working languages of the UN. For this position, English (both oral and written) is required.

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

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