Humanitarian Affairs Expert

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UN Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building

Humanitarian Affairs Expert 2

Position description

Duties and Responsibilities

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


  • Contribute to the monitoring of sanctions measures and investigation of alleged sanctions violations as mandated by Security Council resolutions related to the Central African Republic in his/her area of expertise.
  • Participate in investigations of alleged violations of the sanctions regime and contribute to reporting thereon through investigative reports, midterm and final reports of the Panel to the Security Council, as well as any periodic briefing/reporting as requested by the Security Council and/or the Committee.
  • Contribute to the preparation of recommendations by the Panel for improved implementation of the Security Council resolutions related to CAR, based on the Panel’s investigations, country visits and outreach activities.
  • Compile information on individuals and entities that may engage in sanctions violations.
  • Prepare and deliver briefings and presentations on the sanctions regime and the Panel’s activities.
  • Monitor media, including social media, on issues and cases relevant to the mandate of the Panel.
  • Assist in identifying areas where the capacities of States can be strengthened to enhance the implementation of the sanctions regime.
  • Contribute to reports that adhere to a high standard of evidence and rigorous methodology.
  • Provide due process to Member States, entities and individuals to respond to allegations and findings when conducting investigations; and
  • Take on other duties as mandated by the Security Council and/or directed by the Committee.


  • 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.
  • Participate in investigative missions and bilateral consultations to gather information from government authorities, private individuals and entities, civil society, regional and sub-regional organizations and United Nations field presences.
  • Draft and follow up on correspondence in his/her areas of responsibility.
  • Collate and assess the information obtained, including by sharing written notes and briefs with other Panel members.
  • Classify, categorize and archive the materials obtained in the course of the Panel’s investigation; and
  • Submit to the UN Secretariat an End of Assignment Report at the end of the mandate.


  • 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.
  • 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, abide by the provisions on advance booking of air travel.



  • Knowledge of sanctions-related issues and developments in the CAR and the region.
  • Substantive knowledge and field experience in the area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of the relevant national, regional and international actors and organizations working in the CAR and the region.
  • Strong analytical capacity and research skills.
  • Ability to develop sound investigative evidentiary cases featuring information (both oral and documentary) collected from at least three independent, credible sources, and ability to synthesize this information into an easily-readable case study which can be incorporated into a Panel report.
  • Ability to treat sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
  • Ability to work independently and resist political pressures.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in dynamic situations; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organization or Member State setting. Knowledge of the United Nations’ institutional structure, mandates, policies and rules, as well as its relationships with regional organizations, Member States and other international partners.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including in difficult environments.
  • Incorporate gender perspectives in the substantive area of responsibility, in all relevant areas.

Planning and organising

  • Proven capacity to plan and execute a work plan, and adapt, as required, to fluid priorities and demands.
  • Ability to work independently in a systematic and productive manner.
  • Ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic and political work environment.
  • Ability to develop consensus among people with varying points of view.
  • Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect his/her own position.


  • Strong oral communication and drafting skills.
  • Ability to interact positively with high-level government officials and the diplomatic community.

Technological awareness

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and SharePoint. Ability to use other relevant software (such as photograph management tools and mapping tools), as well as specialized software to archive and organize collected materials during investigations is desirable.

Qualifications/special skills

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in military science, political science, international relations, law, finance, journalism or other relevant area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of ten years (including a minimum of three years of field experience) of progressively responsible experience in the relevant area is required.
  • Significant field experience in post-conflict or other transitional situations is required.
  • Strong field research or investigative experience in the area of expertise is highly desirable.
  • Experience in writing high-quality reports is required.
  • Proven interpersonal skills in complex, political and structured working environments is required.
  • A demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organization or Member State setting is highly desirable.
  • Experience in working under the rules and regulations of the organization and the working culture and methods of the United Nations Secretariat is highly desirable.


  • Fluency in English and French is required.
  • Working knowledge of one other UN language would be an advantage.

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