Team Leader (Team of Experts on Sexual Violence in Conflict), D1

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Nov 15

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (OSRSG). The incumbent reports to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The Team Leader of the Team of Experts (TOE) on Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict will oversee the work of experts recruited by the co-lead entities on rule of law (OHCHR, UNDP, DPKO) and other staff in the unit, to assist national legal, judicial and security sector officials and other personnel in the civilian and military justice systems of relevant governments, to address impunity, including through the strengthening of national capacity. The incumbent will also help governments identify gaps in national response, and encourage a holistic national approach to address sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations. The incumbent will also support the efforts of the Special Representative in securing time-bound commitments and implementation plans by all parties to conflict.


Within delegated authority, the Team Leader will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide advice and operational support to the SRSG and the TOE, especially in management, planning, implementation and follow-up of TOE in-country missions; conducting periodic reviews of the work of the TOE and the missions undertaken, including commissioning of independent evaluations as appropriate.
  • Under the strategic leadership of the Special Representative, formulate, lead, manage, and provide direction to the substantive work of the TOE including through the identification of situations of concern with respect to sexual violence in conflict/post-conflict environments; oversee communications with national governments and UN Country Teams and UN peacekeeping or political Missions regarding the planning and preparation of missions; ensure that activities of the TOE are carried out in a timely fashion and in coordination with other components of the UN system, as well as with other external partners.
  • Provide recommendations to the SRSG and the TOE on enhancing national and international efforts to combat impunity for sexual violence in conflict/post-conflict environments; advise the SRSG and Principals of other UN Agencies, when requested, on rule of law issues as they relate to the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1888, 1960, 2106 and 2467; represent the SRSG and the TOE on rule of law coordination bodies such as the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group and Inter-Agency SSR Task Force.
  • Work with UN Country Teams and UN peacekeeping or political Missions, as appropriate, towards the full implementation of the measures called for by resolution 1820 (2008) and 1888 (2009).
  • Prepare analytical briefings and options papers, comments and other outputs for the SRSG, and briefings and updates to Member States and civil society on the work of the TOE.
  • Brief and report to intergovernmental bodies and other policy-making organs on budget/programme performance and programmatic/substantive issues relating to the work of the TOE as appropriate.
  • Lead the work of the TOE's Advisory group.
  • Formulate fundraising initiatives and lead on resource mobilization efforts to ensure the Team is adequately resourced, in close coordination with the Chief of Office.
  • Ensure complementarity with other components of the OSRSG.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the processes and work of the United Nations System; knowledge of and exposure to sexual violence issues, particularly in conflict and post-conflict situations; knowledge of international humanitarian law and human rights norms and standards especially those relevant to sexual violence, women, peace and security; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of rule of law and sexual violence matters at the technical, programmatic and strategic levels; ability to produce reports and papers on rule of law issues and to review and edit the work of others; knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures and operations, particularly those relating to rule of law; demonstrates an understanding of the mandates of peace and security, human rights, humanitarian and development entities; shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 organizational 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.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent degree) in: law, international affairs, political sciences, social sciences, human rights, management or related area. 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

  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in law, international affairs, political sciences, human rights, rule of law, or protection of civilians is required.
  • Ten years of management experience, including experience managing teams comprised of persons from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds is required.
  • Experience in programme planning and analyse is required.
  • Experience providing rule of law assistance to national authorities is desirable.
  • Experience of working in UN inter-agency processes, and in partnership with a range of UN agencies and national counterparts both in headquarters and in the field is desirable.
  • Experience in the implementation of Security Council resolutions on sexual violence in conflict is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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