International Humanitarian Law Expert

UN Department of Political Affairs
  • Location
    Remote, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Nov 22

Position description

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the international humanitarian law expert will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following duties:


  • To contribute to the monitoring of sanctions measures and investigation of alleged sanctions violations as mandated by Security Council resolutions related to the Sudan in his/her area of expertise;
  • To contribute to reporting on any violations of the sanctions regime through reports of the Panel to the Committee and the Security Council required under relevant Security Council resolutions, as well as any periodic briefing/reporting as requested by the Committee;
  • To contribute to the preparation of recommendations by the Panel for improved implementation of the Security Council resolution related to the Sudan, based on the Panel’s investigations, country visits and outreach activities;
  • To contribute to the compilation of information on individuals and entities that may engage in sanctions violations;
  • To provide updated information and compile new information on sanctions violations, including any information relevant to the designation of individuals for a travel ban and individuals and entities for an assets freeze, if applicable
  • To provide the Panel with an analysis of national, regional and international political developments and dynamics relevant to the mandate of the Panel, and include the latter in reports, as well as other updates, as necessary;
  • To monitor media, including social media, on issues and cases relevant to the mandate of the Panel;
  • To prepare and deliver briefings and presentations on the sanctions regime and the Panel’s activities;
  • To assist in identifying areas where the capacities of States can be strengthened to enhance the implementation of the measures imposed by the Security Council;
  • To contribute to reports that adhere to high evidentiary standards and rigorous methodology;
  • To provide due process to Member States, entities and individuals to respond to allegations and findings when conducting investigations; and
  • To assume other duties as mandated by the Security Council and/or requested by the Committee.


  • To contribute to the preparation of a programme of work of the Panel, including a travel schedule, at the outset of the mandate, which will be updated regularly;
  • To participate in fact-finding missions to relevant countries in order to gather information from government authorities, private individuals and entities, civil society, regional and sub-regional organizations and United Nations field presences;
  • To draft and follow up on correspondence in his/her area of responsibility;
  • To collate and assess the information obtained, including by sharing written notes and briefs with other Panel members, including the Coordinator of the Panel;
  • To classify, categorize and archive the materials obtained in the course of the Panel’s investigations; and
  • To provide the UN Secretariat with an End of Assignment Report at the end of the mandate.


  • To 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.
  • To abide by the applicable policies, guidelines and procedures on safety and security within the UN’s Security Management System (UNSMS).
  • Pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/RES/67/254 (section VI, paragraph 8) on advance booking of air travel, plan official air travel to meet the United Nations target rate of 70 per cent compliance.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

  • A university degree in international law, political science, international relations, relevant technical field or other relevant area is required. An advanced university 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;
  • Strong field research or investigative experience in the area of expertise is required;
  • Experience in writing high-quality reports is required;
  • Experience working in in a complex political environment within a national, regional or international setting is required;
  • Significant field experience in post-conflict or other transitional situations is desirable;
  • A demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organization or Member State setting is desirable;
  • Experience in working under the rules and regulations of the organization and the working culture and methods of the United Nations Secretariat is desirable.


  • Proficiency and demonstrated drafting ability in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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