Positin: International Humanitarian Law Expert -- Department of Political Affairs, NEW YORK

Posting Title: International Humanitarian Law Expert
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 November 2018 - 27 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Department of Political Affairs-107728-Consultant

Result of Service
The Panel of Experts established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2140 (2014) (“the Panel”) consists of five experts with demonstrated substantive knowledge, experience and skills in areas relevant to the implementation of the sanctions regime. The Panel’s mandate is established and can be renewed or terminated by the Security Council. The Panel acts under the direction of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2140 (2014).

The Expert will serve with a Panel reporting to the Sanctions Committee and the Security Council. The Expert comes under the overall guidance and management of the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political Affairs, specifically, of the Secretary of the concerned Security Council Committee, the Chief of the Branch and the Director of the Security Council Affairs Division. The work of the Panel is facilitated by a Coordinator who is also an expert on the Panel.

For more information about the Panel, including its reports and other relevant materials, please see: https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/2140
Work Location
Expected duration
The position is expected to become available on 29 March 2019 until 28 March 2020, subject to the renewal of the mandate and availability of funds.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the international humanitarian law expert will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following duties:

  • Contribute to the monitoring of sanctions measures and investigation of alleged sanctions violations or non-compliance, as mandated by the Security Council resolution on Yemen in his/her area of expertise; 
  • Contribute to the reports of the Panel to the Security Council, as well as any periodic briefing/reporting as requested by the Committee or initiated by the Panel; 
  • Contribute to the preparation of recommendations by the Panel with a view to strengthening, facilitating and improving implementation of the sanctions measures, based on the Panel's investigations, country visits and outreach activities;
  • Compile information on individuals and entities that may engage in sanctions violations as stipulated in resolutions 2140 (2014) and 2216 (2015);
  • Prepare and deliver briefings and presentations on the sanctions regime and the Panel’s activities
  • Assist the Committee, as needed, in monitoring implementation of the measures with a view to strengthening, facilitating and improving implementation of these measures by Member States;
  • Contribute to reports that adhere to a high standard of evidence and rigorous methodology; 
  • Provide due process to Member States, entities and individuals to respond to allegations and findings when conducting investigations; and
  • Take on other duties as mandated by the Security Council and/or directed by the Committee.
  • Contribute to the preparation of a programme of work of the Panel of Experts, at the outset of the mandate, which will be updated regularly and which delineates individual and overall investigative priorities, case-studies, the Panel’s decision-making procedures, working methods, as well as its tentative travel schedule; 
  • Participate in investigative missions and bilateral consultations to gather information from government authorities, private individuals and entities, civil society, regional and sub-regional organizations and United Nations field presences;
  • Participate in the Committee’s consultations and meetings, as requested
  •  Draft and follow up on correspondence in his/her area of responsibility; 
  • Collate and assess the information obtained, including by sharing written notes and briefs with other Panel members and collaborating with other expert panels, groups or teams, as requested by the Security Council; 
  • Classify, categorize and archive the materials obtained in the course of the Panel of Experts' investigation; and 
  • Submit to the UN Secretariat an End of Assignment Report at the end of the mandate
  • Abide by the rules and regulations of the United Nations, as guided by the Secretary of the Committee, the Chief of the Subsidiary Organs Branch and the Director of the Security Council Affairs Division, among others.
Qualifications/special skills
• Knowledge of sanctions-related issues and developments in Yemen and region;
• Substantive knowledge and field experience in the area of expertise;
• Strong analytical capacity and research skills;
• Ability to develop a sound investigative case study featuring information (both oral and documentary) collected from at least three independent, credible sources, and ability to synthesize this information into an easily-readable case study which can be incorporated into a Panel report;
• Ability to treat sensitive or confidential information appropriately;
• Ability to work independently and resist political pressures;
• Ability to work under pressure and in dynamic situations; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
• Demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organization or Member State setting. Knowledge of the United Nations' institutional structure, mandates, policies and rules, as well as its relationships with regional organizations, Member States and other international partners;
• Willingness to travel extensively, including in difficult environments; and
• Incorporate gender perspectives in the substantive area of responsibility, in all relevant areas.

Planning and organizing

• Proven capacity to plan and execute a work plan, and adapt, as required, to evolving priorities and demands; and
• Ability to work independently in a systematic and productive manner. Ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning.


• Strong oral communication and drafting skills; and
• Ability to interact positively with high-level government officials and the diplomatic community.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and political work environment;
• Ability to develop consensus among people with varying points of view; and
• Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect his/her own position.

Technological awareness
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Ability to use other relevant software (such as photograph management tools and mapping tools), as well as database software to archive and organize collected materials during investigations is desirable.

Academic Qualifications:
University degree in military science, political science, international relations, law, journalism or other relevant area. An advanced degree is desirable.


• A minimum of ten years (including a minimum of three years of field experience) of progressively responsible experience in the relevant field is required.
• Significant field experience in post-conflict or other transitional situations is required;
• Strong field research or investigative experience in the area of expertise is required;
• Experience in writing high-quality reports is required;
• Proven interpersonal skills in complex, political and structured working environments is required;
• A demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organization or Member State setting is highly desirable; and
• Experience in working under the rules and regulations of the organization and the working culture and methods of the United Nations Secretariat is highly desirable.

• Proficiency and demonstrated drafting ability in English is required;
• Working knowledge of other United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) and knowledge of languages relevant to specific countries and regions would be highly desirable; and working knowledge of Arabic would be a particular asset.
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