Annex I - TOR Head Syria Mechanism IIIM

Post Title and Level:             Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most  Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic.                                               

Deadline for Application:     15 May 2017                                       

Duty station:                          Geneva

Duration:                               Two years, renewable

Organizational Unit:             International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in

 the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes ander International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM)

The mandate of the IIIM was established by General Assembly resolution 71/248 on 21 December 2016.


The Head of the IIIM is responsible for the following main duties and functions:

  • Provide overall strategic and management guidance to the IIIM, in full compliance with the IIIM’s Terms of Reference.
  • Provide the overall direction and supervision of the activities of the IIIM, and in particular formulate, implement and evaluate policies, procedures, methods of work, and activities for: (1) collecting, consolidating, preserving and analyzing information and evidence of violations of international humanitarian law, international crimes, and human rights violations and abuses; and (2) preparing files to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings, in accordance with international law standards, in national, regional or international courts or tribunals that have or may in the future have jurisdiction over these crimes, in accordance with international law.
  • With the support of the Deputy, manage and provide substantive leadership to the team, supervise the activities, the distribution of tasks and the timely delivery of outputs.
  • Maintain relations with Governments, other United Nations agencies and entities, international organizations, regional and national institutions, non‑governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and academia. Oversee the conclusion of agreements with Member States and other entities to ensure their cooperation.
  • Oversee the administration and management of the IIIM, in particular the budget process and resource mobilization.
  • Ensure at all times respect and compliance with security risk management measures and security protocols, and with the highest protection standards.
  • Prepare the Secretary-General’s report to the UN General Assembly twice per year.
  • Take action to guarantee at all times the independence and impartiality of the Mechanism’s work.

Human rights screening

Individuals who are either nominated by Member States or who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

Conflicts of interest

Short-listed individuals will also be required to complete the pre-appointment declaration of interests for senior positions to identify possible conflicts of interest that may arise and to proactively prevent and manage, as much as possible and in a timely manner, situations in which personal interests may conflict or appear to conflict with the interests of the United Nations, should the individual be appointed to this position.


Professionalism: Extensive and proven experience in criminal investigations and prosecutions as a senior judge or prosecutor. Proven record of independence and impartiality and commitment to upholding justice, accountability and human rights, and ensuring gender equality. Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations. Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization. Demonstrated creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of doing things in a manner that is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Vision - Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicate links between the Mechanism’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.  Establish/identify and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.

Leadership: Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven record of managing complex organizations. Proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills and ability to delegate appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority.  Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills. 

Judgment/Decision-making – Mature judgment and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact; proven ability to provide strategic direction, to plan and establish priorities, and to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve goals.

Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Integrity: High commitment to the values and guiding principles of the United Nations and impeccable personal and professional integrity.


Education: Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law or a related discipline. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: More than 15 years of progressively responsible work experience in criminal justice, including as a senior judge or prosecutor, with extensive experience in conducting and leading criminal investigations or prosecutions and/or criminal judicial proceedings.  Proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills.  Experience in leading prosecutions for complex international crimes is highly desirable. Expertise in the areas of sexual and gender-based crimes and justice for children is desirable.

Languages:  Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.