Corrections Officer, P-3

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   02 Feb 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DUTY STATION:   Kinshasa

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Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
The following duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the mission.) Within limits of delegated authority, and under the supervision of the head of the corrections component or his/her designate or other relevant senior officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties: • Participate in the development and implementation of the Mission’s strategies related to strengthening and development of operational aspects of the corrections system, including: implementation of applicable international standards; development of policy and procedures; rehabilitation of facilities; and management of prisoners and of staff. • This will be undertaken by: advising, coaching and mentoring national counterparts and facilitating on-the-job training conducting training needs analyses and assisting in the preparation of training and development strategies and an implementation plan; • Providing training and development advice and guidance to the national prison management personnel; designing, developing and implementing corrections training programs (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; • Develop and strengthen national capacity to design, develop, deliver and evaluate prisons training programs; and establish and maintain contacts and effective relations with national government officials and civil society representatives (including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and other relevant Ministries, the police, the court system, women’s groups, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions and donors). • Other assignments will include: contributing to outputs such as Section reports and assessments; participating in the development and implementation of the work unit planning processes; participating in coordination mechanisms at Mission level, • Maintaining close working relationships with relevant components (human rights, police, justice, gender etc.) and UN agencies, and represent the Mission as required; and performing any other task as requested by the Head of Unit or Mission leadership.

• Professionalism - Demonstrated in-depth understanding of corrections system issues, and knowledge of relevant international human rights standards and capacity to adopt a strategic approach to the development of a prison system; Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. • Planning and Organizing - Strong analytical skills and demonstrated sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of issues and problems; Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision. • Communication - Proven and sustained communication (oral and written) skills, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations. • Teamwork - Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity


Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, social sciences or management. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in a corrections system, including operational or training experience, is required. This must include a minimum of one year experience working in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality or one year of professional experience working on rule of law issues in an international governmental or non-governmental organization. Management experience is desirable. United Nations field experience, especially in a peacekeeping operation, is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and French (both written and oral) is required.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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