Board of Inquiry Officer
Application deadline 4 months ago: Sunday 25 Sep 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. The Mission has been asked to support the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country and implementation of the transitional roadmap, focusing on major population centres and lines of communication, protecting civilians, human rights monitoring, the creation of conditions for the provision of humanitarian assistance and the return of displaced persons, the extension of State authority and the preparation of free, inclusive and lections.(http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minusma/)
Under the direct supervision of the MINUSMA Chief Board of Inquiry (BOI), the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks • Serves as Coordinator for the BOI and provides advice to Board members on the BOI Policy Directives and Standard Operating Procedures as well as the United Nations administrative and financial regulations and rules throughout the proceedings of the Board. • Drafts Terms of Reference, Convening Orders, prepare and participate in on-site vis-its; keep minutes of interviews and deliberations; draft BOI report for review by the Board members, Chief BOI and Senior Legal Officer. • Prepares/reviews draft reports for quality control, format compliance, and the availa-bility of necessary supporting material prior to submission for review by the Chief, BOI Unit and/or by the Office of Legal Affairs, as appropriate. • Reviews information gathered regarding follow-up actions at the mission level on all accepted BOI recommendations. • Maintains the BOI Tracker database to monitor the implementation of BOI recom-mendations and liaises with relevant Mission components to ensure timely implemen-tation of BOI recommendations. • Conducts qualitative and quantitative data analysis of all incidents in the Mission re-garding the deaths or serious injuries of UN personnel members; identifies lessons learned and best practices from Board of Inquiry recommendations for incorporation into systemic changes; and provides training to staff on Unit objectives, rules and reg-ulations, policies and procedures. • Formulates managerial or procedural reforms as a consequence of BOI recommen-dations to prevent recurrence of incidents. • Prepares reports and statistical analysis for senior management of the mission on BOI issues. • Maintains a roster of personnel to facilitate the selection of members with relevant competencies to serve on the Boards of Inquiry; drafts convening orders and terms of reference for BOIs for the approval of the senior management of the mission. • Develops training materials and delivers trainings. • Performs any other duties as required. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by read-ing relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publica-tions/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Results/Expected Outputs: • BOI Coordinator’s roles are fully assumed, when designated. • Mission Policies, BOI SOP, Procedures, and Regulations are well understood and applied in the context of the BOI process. • BOI TORs are properly addressed, and the BOI process is timely and effectively conducted. • BOI reports meet the standards required and are timely submitted to the Chief of BOI Unit and Legal Office. • Administrative requests related to the BOI office are handled in a timely manner in accordance with UN procedures and standards, when required. • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in, and capacities developed • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) govern-mental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and develop-ment during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobi-lized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
• Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take own-ership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confi-dentially; responsive and client-oriented. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish prior-ities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities. • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious work-ing relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for di-versity and gender; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presenta-tions, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommenda-tions; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but ob-jective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups.
A minimum of three years work experience in investigation (evidence analysis), justice, law firm/attorney at law offices or any other position requiring drafting reports following analysis of a high volume of data is required. Previous experience in working with an international organization in a related position or BOI Office is an asset. Impeccable drafting skills in English are mandatory Military or police experience is desirable, Experience in handling confidential documents is desirable.
Must be Outlook, Word and Excel proficient. Must have sufficient IT agility to be rapidly comfortable with MS Teams, the BOI Tracker and any other necessary software or IT tool.
Bamako is a non-family duty station with a difficult security and working environment. Mali is a non-family duty station. Living conditions are acceptable in Bamako, but security instruc-tions need to be strictly complied with. Adequate housing is available for rent at US$ 500-1500 per month. The national currency is the Franc CFA (March 2022 exchange rate was 1 US$ = 598.610FCFA). Visa credit cards are accepted in some hotels and larger shops. Mali is a country prone to malaria, so mosquito nets are highly recommended. Basic medicines are available from pharmacies, but provision needs to be made for specialized medication. Security recommendations from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) must be followed by all UN Staff in the course of their assignments in Mali. For the sake of rewarding experience, UN volunteers in MINUSMA carry out their duties with flexibility, commitment, and a willingness to live and work in challenging conditions including heat and limited water and electricity supply.