UNV Board of Inquiry Officer
Application deadline in 18 hours: Wednesday 8 Feb 2023 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.
• As a BOI coordinator, the incumbent will be exposed to an extensive range of DOS/DPO Policy Directives, UN Rules and Regulations, STAIs, ST/SGBs, SOP and guidelines and will have the opportunity to deal with a wide range of administrative and technical issues and to interact with a wide range of personnel (Force, Police, Mission Support, Programmes). • 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 con-ducted. • 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-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
Under the direct supervision of the MINUSMA Chief Board of Inquiry (BOI), the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Review serious incidents (leading to deaths, serious injuries/illnesses to Mission members, significant damage to equipment, kidnapping, aviation accidents, etc.) that have occurred in the Mission, analyze the internal investigation reports, collect additional information/documentation from all pillars (Force, UNPOL, Mission Support, Programmes), identify gaps in UN policies and procedures, analyze data and draft re-ports providing recommendations for improvement. • Liaise and interact with a wide range of Mission personnel throughout the steps leading to the finalization of each report, such as operational personnel (FTS technicians, aviation operators, Force and police contingent members, procurement personnel, HR personnel etc.), investigators, conduct & discipline staff, programmes personnel, management and leadership. • Serve as Coordinator for the BOIs and provide 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. • Draft Terms of Reference, Convening Orders, prepare and participate in on-site visits; keep minutes of interviews and deliberations; draft BOI reports for review by the Board members, Chief BOI and Senior Legal Officer. • Liaise with relevant Mission components to ensure timely implementation of BOI recommendations and maintain the BOI Tracker accordingly. • Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis of all incidents in the Mission regarding the deaths or serious injuries of UN personnel members; identify lessons learned and best practices for incorporation into systemic changes and formulate managerial or procedural reforms to prevent recurrence of serious incidents. • Prepare reports and statistical analysis for senior management and leadership of the Mission on identified issues. • Develop training materials and deliver trainings. • Perform any other duties as required.
• 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 ownership; 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 confidentially; responsive and client-oriented. • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations. • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • 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 priorities 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 working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; 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 objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.
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, police or medical 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 instructions 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 (January 2019 exchange rate was 1 US$ = 581FCFA). 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.