Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Conduct and Discipline Unit (CDU), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Field Support (DFS). The Conduct and Discipline Officer will report to a Senior Officer or the Chief of the Conduct and Discipline Unit.
Within delegated authority, the Conduct and Discipline Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Serves as a lead conduct and discipline officer in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handles a wide range of complex disciplinary matters including interpretation and application of rules, regulations and procedures in matters of staff misconduct;
- Coordinate requests and/or responses where necessary in matters related to conduct and discipline pending before the Management Evaluation Unit (MEU) and the UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT);
- Monitors, analyses and reviews investigation reports, Board of Inquiry reports and Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) reports and recommends appropriate action in disciplinary cases involving United Nations personnel;
- Provides advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity in the area of conduct and discipline, which may include those related to peacekeeping and other operational matters, etc.;
- Performs extensive research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, memoranda, reports, and correspondence; provides disciplinary advice to the unit/division.;
- Services commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc. and provides advice, support and guidance to relevant managers at Headquarters, and Conduct and Discipline personnel and managers in field missions;
- Reviews, advises on and drafts complex, agreements, institutional and operational modalities, or submissions and other legal documents; develops new modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances;
- Provides advice on the interpretation and application of staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions; prepares draft amendments to the staff regulations and rules; prepares draft administrative issuances or amendments thereto and verifies their consistency with the existing staff regulation and rules; prepares analyses and evaluations of human resources policies and practices;
- Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.;
- Assists other conduct and discipline officers, including colleagues in overseas missions, dealing with significant problems as required, and/or mentors and supervises the work of junior conduct and discipline officers;
- Contributes to review and design of new policies, guidelines, etc. including the review and analysis of issues and trends in the area of conduct and discipline, particularly with respect to sexual exploitation and abuse.
- Professionalism: Ability to review and comment on investigation reports, legal documents and policies as well as interpret rules and regulations, international conventions, treaties and laws in the context of handling misconduct by personnel serving in field missions. Knowledge of the challenges of conduct and discipline issues in peacekeeping. Ability to exercise sound judgment, initiative and discretion when handling confidential and sensitive material. Ability to assist in generating and communicating organizational direction, and introduce and emphasize organizational policies and practices. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of law, administration of justice or human resources as it relates to conduct and discipline is required. Experience in analyzing problems and reviewing investigation reports is desirable. Experience in providing related recommendations in the areas of conduct and discipline is desirable. Experience in national or international justice systems is desirable. Experience in or in support of an international field operation is desirable.
- French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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