Job Vacancies United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
Position: Senior Policy Officer P-5 Level – Temporary Vacancy Annoucement for initial period of 6 months
Closing Date: Monday, 23 August 2010
Location: United States of America (the) – New York
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting through the Deputy Chief to the Chief of the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service, the incumbent provides advice and support to the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions and to DPKO on judicial, legal and correctional systems issues. S/he formulates strategies and policies for activities in field missions in the area of justice and corrections as part of a comprehensive rule of law approach. S/he oversees the preparation and dissemination of policies, lessons learned studies, and other guidance materials for justice and corrections components in United Nations Peace Operations. S/he oversees the
development of training material and the organisation of training courses for judicial affairs and corrections officers. S/he provides guidance and supervision to the P-4 Judicial Officer in the Policy Cell of CLJAS and the corrections officers on policy issues.
Professionalism: Ability to provide advice and guidance on judicial, legal and correctional system reform activities; knowledge of applicable international standards in the rule of law and justice area; excellent conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills; ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, develop lessons learned, identify best practices, formulate options,
make recommendations and develop policy and guidance documents; ability to incorporate gender perspectives into substantive work. Planning and Organising: Ability to establish priorities, plan, co-ordinate and monitor own work. Communication: Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) including the ability to prepare succinct reports and guidelines and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise manner; exceptional drafting ability, including capacity to produce work of a publishable quality. Judgement/Decision-making: Ability to gather all available relevant information, check assumptions against facts and to identify the key issues for developing policies and other guidance materials; ability to consider positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them and to take decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Creativity: Motivation to
actively seek to improve policies and other guidance materials; ability to offer new and different options to solve problems or meet the needs for policy and guidance, not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Experience: A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, criminal justice academic, legal consultant, or adviser in the field of justice and/or corrections is required; this must include a minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal, judicial and/or corrections institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality.
Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law or in the area of criminal justice, or bar qualification or equivalent, in addition to a first-level degree, is required. A first-level university degree in law in combination
with other relevant academic qualifications and/or legal experience in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. United Nations field experience, especially in a peacekeeping operation, is required. Management experience is required. Experience developing lessons learned and/or guidance materials in the area of judicial, legal and correctional system reform is also required.
Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral English and exceptional drafting ability in written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language,
preferably French, is desirable.
While this temporary assignment will provide the successful applicant with an ideal 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.
Internal candidates for this purpose is defined as staff members currently serving under 100 series appointment who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 104.15 or after the advice of a Secretariat joint body under staff rule 104.14. External applicants may be considered when it is not possible to identify suitable internal candidates of the same department/office.
Please note that external candidates are generally not entitled to be appointed at the advertised level of this temporary vacancy and will therefore be graded in accordance with the current recruitment guidelines. This means that the grade
may be at a lower level than that of the advertised level of the post. For information on the provisions for special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17.
How to apply
Please email a copy of your Personal History Profile (to build your personal history profile please go to the employment section of our website http://careers.un.org ) or send a CV to Mr. Hans Sachs firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to dpko-tvas@org quoting reference TVA/2010/78843/SPO-P-5
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