Job Description

Posting Title: MILITARY Adviser (TEMPORARY JOB OPENING), P4 (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: MILITARY ADVISER Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Duty Station: TUNIS Posting Period: 18 January 2021 - 31 January 2021 Job Opening Number: 21-Rule of Law-OHCHR-147518-J-Tunis (R) United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Organisational Setting and Reporting This temporary position is based in Tunis, within the Secretariat of the Fact-Finding Mission on Libya. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Fact-Finding Mission on Libya and in Coordination with the Investigations Team Leader.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Military Adviser will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Collects and analyses information to assist the Commission on the overall understanding of the security sector and military-related matters and advise the Members of the Fact-Finding Mission and investigators;
  • Gathers and analyses information, and produces Mapping and Analysis of the State security structure, including para-military units, police and the structure of armed groups; order of battles; de facto and de jure command responsibility, troop and police movements; relationship between security institutions and militias, and other State institutions;
  • Advises the Fact-Finding Mission on all military and security sector-related matters and methods of warfare including issues related to ballistics, weapons, military vehicles and aircraft;
  • Participates in the development of the Commission's investigations strategies and plans;
  • Provides an assessment of the operating environment for security forces, para-military, militias and other forces;
  • Undertakes investigations into specific incidents assigned by the Investigations Team Leader and participates in missions to the field in coordination with the Investigations Team Leader;
  • Gathers and analyses information to identify the units/troops (state and non-state) and respective commanders deployed during key events;
  • Establishes appropriate liaison with the security sector officers of relevant countries as directed by the Coordinator of the Fact-Finding Mission, when required;
Provides internal analysis and briefings on military and security sector issues and inputs for the Fact-Finding Mission's reports; Provides advice to investigators on gathering information on alleged perpetrators of human rights and international humanitarian law violations; Ensures that gender perspective is integrated at all areas of responsibility; Performs other duties as required.

Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Extensive knowledge of military structures, both state and non-state; sound experience in conducting analysis of military/security force operations; experience in application of International Human Rights law, international humanitarian law or international criminal law in assessing the actions/operations of security forces; ability to work under extreme pressure and in a highly stressful environment. 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.

PLANNING and 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.

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.

Education A graduate degree from a National Command and Staff College or National War/Defense College is required, and may be considered in lieu of first level/advanced university degree.

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in security management, security studies, military studies or related disciplines is highly desirable.

Work Experience A minimum of (7) years of progressively responsible military experience is required.

Experience working in conflict zones is desirable.

Experience in security sector reform is desirable.

Prior experience in advising human rights or international criminal investigations is desirable.

Experience working in or on the Middle East and North Africa region is desirable.

Experience working in or on Libya is desirable.

Languages French and English are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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

Special Notice
  • If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • 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.

  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the Career Development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on "Manuals" hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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