Corrections Policy Officer
United Nations - New York, NY

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This post is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service. The Corrections Policy Officer reports to the Chief of the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service or his/her designate.


Within delegated authority, the Corrections Policy Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Providing advice and support to the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions and other offices in DPKO and the wider United Nations system on corrections/prisons issues in peace operations.
  • Formulating strategies and policies for corrections activities in field missions as part of a comprehensive rule of law approach.
  • Planning corrections aspects of peace operations and providing technical and operational guidance to field personnel.
  • Monitoring and analyzing corrections issues in peace operations, identifying challenges and preparing recommendations for consideration by the corrections components in peace operations.
  • Contributing to the preparation and dissemination of policies, lessons learned studies and other guidance materials, including for pre-deployment and induction purposes.
  • Assisting Member States in developing a capacity to contribute corrections officers to peace operations.
  • Responding to requests from the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, including preparation of talking points, speeches and briefing papers.
  • Writing project proposals for distribution to potential donors including preparation of budgets, and managing the implementation of proposals.
  • Performing other tasks and duties as required.

  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of corrections/prison management issues, including applicable international human rights standards. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. 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, and adjusts priorities as required. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Uses time efficiently.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, developmental studies or social sciences with specialization in justice administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in corrections/prison management or related areas in the administration of justice including operational policy development and training experience is required. Minimum of two years experience providing technical or operational assistance for strengthening corrections systems in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting at the international level is required. United Nations field experience, especially in a peacekeeping operation, is desirable. Experience in project management is also desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official United Nations language, preferably French, is desirable.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a comptency-based interview.

Special Notice

  • Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
United Nations Considerations

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). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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