Corrections Officer

United Nations


Department/Office: Rosters Administered by Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: Field Locations
Posting Period: 13 March 2023 – 11 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Rule of Law-RADOS-203120-P- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located in United Nations Field Peacekeeping Operations, Special Political Missions and Offices as applicable. The incumbent participates in supporting host-country authorities to strengthen all aspects of their corrections systems, including: adherence to applicable international standards; strategic planning; review and development of legislation and policy; prison safety and security; prison administration and prisoner population management; the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners; and the mitigation of the risk of infectious diseases. The incumbent typically reports to the Senior Corrections Officer.

Within delegated authority, the Corrections Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Participating in the development and implementation of the Mission’s strategies related to strengthening and development of all aspects of the corrections system, through advising, training, coaching and mentoring national counterparts in line with applicable international standards. This will include assisting in the review, development, and/or implementation of strategic planning processes; policies and legislation; rehabilitation of facilities; management of prisoners, staff, critical strategic and operational issues; and effective linkages with the police and the court system.
• Assessing training needs and participating in the preparation of training and development strategies and implementation plans in the Mission.
• Assisting in enhancing the national capacity to design, develop, deliver, evaluate and record training programmes, including through providing training and development advice and guidance.
• Establishing and maintaining contacts and effective relations with national government officials and civil society representatives (including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and/or other relevant Ministries, the police, the court system, women’s groups, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions and donors).
• Building linkages with development partners and donors to ensure seamless transition to long term development support and mobilization of resources, where necessary.
• Advising on good prison practices and procedures, including the management of administrative services, critical operational and security issues, and infrastructural rehabilitation.
• In some cases, supervisory responsibilities over National Professional Officers and Government Provided Corrections Officers (GPP) will be required.
• Other assignments will include: preparing outputs such as section reports, assessments, policy documents and guidelines; participating in coordination mechanisms at the Mission/HQ level; maintaining close working relationships with relevant components (human rights, police, justice, gender etc.) and UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes and representing the Mission as required; working towards the completion of programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff performance, interviewing candidates for national, administrative and government provided personnel posts, if required; and performing any other task as requested by the (Senior) Corrections Officer.

• PROFESSIONALISM: 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; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• 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.

• PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: 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.

Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, social sciences or management. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least five years of progressively responsible experience in a corrections system is required, including experience in research and analysis, strategic planning, or program design and management.

At least one year professional experience providing technical assistance for strengthening corrections systems in or in support of a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality is required.

Management experience is required.

Experience in two or more of the following areas of expertise is desirable: prison reform initiatives; prison security (management, intelligence, dynamic security practices); prison health services; prevention of violent extremism; policy development; training design and delivery; personnel management; prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration; or community outreach and engagement.

Experience providing technical assistance for strengthening corrections systems while serving in the United Nations Common System, international organization or non-governmental organization is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required and knowledge of French (both oral and written) is desirable

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice
The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.

The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Corrections Officer, P-3 roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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