Chief of Section, Investigations, P5

UN Office of Internal Oversight Services
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This temporary 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.


The incumbent will serve as Chief of the Operational Standards and Support Section. 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 and administrative investigations. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to identify and analyze 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. 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.

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 tasks and matches tasks 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) 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 another official language of the United Nations is desirable.

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