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 Senior Corrections Officer P5 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. Successful applicants
will be expected to serve in hardship duty stations with difficult working and living conditions. An updated list of
missions and additional information on working in the field can be found
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the geographical or lateral move requirements as
prescribed by ST/AI/2016/1 (paragraphs 6.9 and 25.2) to be eligible to apply for this roster. Staff members are
requested to indicate all qualifying geographical or lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover
Organizational Setting and Reporting
These positions are located in United Nations peacekeeping operations and special political missions or other field
operation. Incumbents may serve as head of the corrections component. The Senior Corrections Officer typically
reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, or the head of the justice and corrections component or other relevant senior officer, depending on the mission structure. Senior corrections officer positions are based at the headquarters of UN field mission, generally the capital city of the country where the mission is established.
Lead and manage the development and implementation of the mission's strategies related to supporting national
counterparts in strengthening and developing all aspects of the corrections system, including: implementation of
applicable international standards; development and implementation of strategic planning processes; development, implementation and assessment of training programmes; review and development of relevant
legislation; rehabilitation of facilities; management of prisoners and staff; management of critical strategic and
operational issues, particularly security and overcrowding; and development of effective linkages with the police
and the court system.
Establish and maintain contacts and effective relations with senior national government officials and civil society
representatives, including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and/or other relevant Ministries, the police, courts,
prisons, non-governmental organizations, universities and law schools, media, diplomatic missions and donors.
Build linkages with development partners and donors to ensure a seamless transition to long term development
support and mobilization of resources where necessary.
Advise on and prepare assessment reports, policy documents, guidelines and reports addressing complex
strategic and operational prison system issues.
Participate in coordination mechanisms at mission level, maintaining close working relationships with relevant
components (human rights, police, justice, gender, child protection, etc.) and United Nations entities, and
represent the mission as required.
Perform programmatic, managerial and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the mission's
corrections component, including the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, recruiting staff
and managing and evaluating staff performance.
Perform any other task as requested by the mission leadership.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, social sciences, management or related areas is required. Alternatively, a first-level university degree in these areas, in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience in the field of corrections, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in a corrections system is required, including experience in one or more of the following areas: prison management; policy development; strategic and operational planning; and training or related areas. At east one year of experience providing technical assistance for strengthening the corrections system in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant's country of nationality is required. Experience in managing large team is required. Experience in planning, staffing and budgeting is required.
Demonstrated in-depth understanding of corrections system issues, and knowledge of relevant international
human rights standards; capacity to adopt a strategic approach to the development of a prison system. S/he
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.
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
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
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.
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
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required; working knowledge of French or Arabic is desirable.