Within delegated authority, the Corrections Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Contributing to the overall 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, but with a leading and strong focus on static and dynamic prison security features. This will include actively leading/supporting the review, development, and/or implementation of: strategic planning, budget and procurement processes; project management processes; relevant policies and legislation; rehabilitation of facilities; management of (high profile and high risk) prisoners, staff, critical strategic and operational crisis management issues; and effective linkages with the police and the court system.
• Supervising professional, national, UNV or Government Provided Personnel as assigned to him/her.
• Facilitating the delivery of coherent ‘one-UN’ support to the national prison sector, including through facilitating the coordination of Mission-UNCT assistance and effective integration of corrections programmes, projects and related activities undertaken by Mission components.
• Assessing training needs (with a special emphasis on prison security, including rapid intervention techniques) 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 (with a special emphasis on prison security, including rapid intervention techniques), 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.
• Contributing to the design, development and implementation of the corrections prison security 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.
• 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, where necessary.
• Advising on good prison, financial and programme management practices and procedures, 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, particularly on prison security issues.
• 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 Programs, 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 or DSRSG, depending on the duty station (Mission or HQ).
Professionalism: Demonstrated understanding of prison system issues, particularly in the area of operational prison security and prison security infrastructure features, in post-conflict and crisis settings, in particular with regard to developing the necessary legal and policy framework, undertaking prison assessments and designing and implementing plans to strengthen the corrections sector. Knowledge of relevant international human rights standards, and capacity to adopt a strategic approach to the development of a prison system. Proven strengths in policy and operational-level coordination with multiple stakeholders. Ability to conduct research and data collection using various methods, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and to assess impact on corrections-related activities in assigned country/area. 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.
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.
Accountability:Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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.
At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in a corrections system with significant management experience, is required.
At least three years of experience in operational prison security management, including rapid intervention technics; and experience in project management, policy and planning or training with a special emphasis on prison security is required.
At least two years of professional experience providing assistance for strengthening corrections systems in a transitional, developmental, conflict or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality is required.
Experience working with a United Nations field mission, especially in a peacekeeping operation or special political mission, is desirable.
Relevant working experience in North Africa or the Middle East is desirable.
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