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Job Vacancy as a Head (Witness Support and Protection Unit) in Arusha
at UNDP in Arusha
Job Title: Head, Witness Support and Protection Unit, P4
Department/ Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: ARUSHA
Posting Period: 4 May 2012-3 June 2012
Job Opening number: 12-PUB-RMT-23787-R-ARUSHA (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This position is located in the Witness Support and Protection Unit (Arusha), Office of the Registrar, Arusha Branch, Registry and will report to the Officer in Charge.
• Oversee and provide direct management and supervision to the Witness Support and Protection Unit, Arusha Branch. Organize, plan, direct and supervise the functions of the Unit and report to the Officer in Charge and Registrar on the implementation of the Unit’s mandate.
• Design, develop and ensure implementation of policies for the management, support and protection of witnesses prior to, during, and following testimony before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and/or the Mechanism.
• Liaise and negotiate on behalf of the Registrar with government departments, national judiciaries, diplomatic delegations, and other high-level institutions to ensure the protection and support programs to witnesses who appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and/or the Mechanism.
• Initiate, obtain, manage and report on extra-budgetary funding and projects, including undertaking research to identify and prioritize the needs for such projects, proposal writing, evaluation of the projects and fulfilling reporting requirements.
• Develop information materials for victims and witnesses, the public and the diplomatic community.
• Oversee the maintenance of detailed records on individual cases of witnesses, including their needs and assistance required and provided to them, and ensure strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
• Organize and participate in work groups, meetings, conferences, training seminars and consultations on witness related matters. Promote, develop and maintain relationships and referral networks with relevant national and international governmental and non-governmental officials and other UN agencies. Represent the Mechanism in meetings and conferences on witness-related matters, as required.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Professionalism – Thorough knowledge of victim and witness management, support and protection matters. Knowledge of Rwandan environment, culture and historical background. Demonstrated leadership skills. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work, including by adopting a gender sensitive approach to victims and witnesses protective and support measures. 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.
• Planning and Organising – 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.
• Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
• 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 a task and matches task 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.
• Judgement/Decision-making – Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organisation; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Law or any other relevant degree. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible relevant experience, preferably in witness support or protection programmes related to judicial institutions. Experience in an international framework and/or projects with refugees or other victims or witnesses to human rights or criminal abuses is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable. Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or Swahili is also desirable.
There may be a technical test and an interview which will include a competency-based interview.
The appointment is limited to the Mechanism. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.
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