Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC), based in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi. While Brindisi is a family duty station, the incumbent may be deployed to ‘D’ and ‘E’ non-family duty stations for several months at a time. The incumbent will report to the JCSC Team Leader when not deployed or as per mission structure, to the Head of the Corrections or Rule of Law component when deployed.
Upon authorization of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, this capacity deploys to field missions on short notice to: (i) corrections components in new United Nations field operations (including participating in pre-mission planning); (ii) reinforce existing United Nations field operations in providing assistance and support to national authorities in the area of corrections, and (iii) undertake operation assessments and mapping of the national corrections systems, as well as evaluations of activities and programmes conducted by the corrections components of peace operations.
When deployed at the request of other United Nations departments, programmes, agencies or funds or, of the Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections, s/he shall follow the respective reporting structures and be guided by the strategic and operational directives of the relevant department, agency, fund or programme.
The incumbent is expected to support all three core functions of the JCSC, including the temporary leading of a corrections component or programme.
Within delegated authority, the Corrections Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Leading the development and implementation of the Mission’s strategies related to strengthening all aspects of the corrections system, through advising, coaching and mentoring national counterparts in line with applicable international standards. This will include – also in supervisory capacity - actively leading/supporting the review, development, and/or implementation of: strategic planning processes; relevant 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.
- Facilitating the delivery of coherent ‘one-UN’ support to the national prison sector, including through facilitating the coordination of Mission-UNCT (United Nations Country Team) assistance and effective integration of corrections programmes, projects and related activities undertaken by Mission components.
- 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.
- Supporting the provision of advice and assistance on national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to prison sector initiatives.
- Overseeing the design, development and implementation of the corrections training programmes (formal and on the-job training) for all levels of staff, including new recruits, supervisory and management staff, non-uniformed administration staff and special units.
- Ensuring 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 longer-term development support and mobilization of resources, including drafting of transition plans.
- Drafting concrete corrections related project proposals and overseeing the implementation of/implementing corrections projects and programmes.
- Advising on good prison practices and procedures, including the management of critical operational and security issues, and the rehabilitation of infrastructure.
- Advising senior leadership in the field or HQ, as applicable, on the Mission/HQ role, priorities, activities, challenges and approaches regarding corrections matters.
- Ensures effective knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives.
- Other assignments will include: monitoring the preparation of outputs such as section reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines; facilitating 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 (AFP), and representing the Mission as required; overseeing 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, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates; and performing any other task as requested by the (Senior) Corrections Officer, Chief of Rule of Law, Chief of Joint Justice and Corrections Unit, DSRSG or UN AFP Manager.
Professionalism: Demonstrated in-depth understanding of prison system issues in transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, and knowledge of relevant international human rights standards and capacity to adopt and articulate a strategic approach to the development of a prison system. 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.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”. Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
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.
Judgment/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 Organization; 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.
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 improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
- An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, social science, management or related areas is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least seven years of progressively professional experience in a corrections system is required, including in prison management, policy drafting, strategic planning and training.
- Of these seven years, at least two years of operational experience in prison operations is required.
- In addition, a minimum of one year of professional experience working in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant's country of nationality on strengthening prison systems is desirable.
- Experience in project management is required.
- Experience in addressing violent extremism and high-risk detainees in prison contexts is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
- For the position advertised, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
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