This position is located within the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM). The incumbent will report to the Head of the IIIM.
The External Relations Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Supports the development of the IIIM’s outreach strategy and its consultation program with civil society, donors and other relevant stakeholders;
2) Establishes and maintains relations with Syrian, Arab and international civil society organizations, the media, donors, States and other relevant stakeholders, keeping them abreast of the mandate and functions of the IIIM and enlisting their support to ensure the effectiveness of the Mechanism’s work;
3) Liaises with relevant actors, in particular Syrian civil society, regularly soliciting their views – positive or negative – about the activities and priorities of the Mechanism and how best to coordinate; and seeks their assistance in areas they can be of help to the IIIM;
4) Identifies challenges the IIIM may face in its outreach or coordination work with Syrian counterparts and assists in developing strategies and solutions in this respect;
5) Supports the development of the IIIM’s overall communications and fundraising strategies and tools, and the preparation of related products. Identifies sources and seeks funding;
6) Provides appropriate guidance and authoritative advice on communications, public information and fundraising to the Head of the Mechanism and senior management;
7) Provides regular review and analysis of relevant media on the work of the IIIM;
8) Provides regular updates on donor strategies of relevance to the IIIM;
9) Attends (in person or remotely) relevant meetings of IIIM that provide opportunities for keeping up to date with developments and/or sharing feedback.
PROFESSIONALISM: Thorough knowledge of international affairs, in particular regarding the Middle East; and of the regional and international media landscape. Good knowledge of the latest communication techniques and social media platforms, and ability to interact with the media. Knowledge of human rights, international legal procedures and the functioning of international criminal courts and tribunals; familiarity with the work of NGOs, in particular with regard to monitoring and documentation of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law; knowledge of witness and victim protection, data protection and data management. 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; remains calm in stressful situations.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, journalism, or other relevant discipline. First-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Studies in human rights, criminal or international law would be an asset.
At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, diplomacy, international law, public relations or related area in relation to the Middle East are required. Relevant experience working for or in relation with NGOs and civil society organisations, including from the Middle East is highly desirable. Previous experience within the United Nations common system is desirable. Experience in fundraising and communicating with donors is desirable. Experience in planning and developing integrated communication strategies and campaigns for a wide range of audiences is desirable. Field experience in the region is desirable.
Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of applications, an assessment exercise, and/or a competency-based interview.
• The temporary position is intended to fill the functions for a period of six months with possibility of extension and an estimated start date as soon as possible.
• The duration of the appointment is subject to the availability of funds. Priority consideration will be given to candidates holding an appointment at the UN Secretariat.
• Candidates should have no expectation of any fixed-term appointment possibility after the end of this temporary assignment. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.
• Subsequent to the initial temporary appointment, new and successive temporary appointments may be granted for service in the same office or in a different office any number of times, for any duration, provided that the length of service does not exceed the period of 364 calendar days.
• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.
• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position.
• A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
• For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.
• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
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