Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG/SVC)

The Secretariat of the United Nations presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions of Member States to the United Nations and has the honour to request the nomination of candidates for the following position, at the level of Under-Secretary-General:

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG/SVC)

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG/SVC) serves as the United Nations’ spokesperson and political advocate on conflict-related sexual violence, and is the chair of the network United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Office was established by Security Council resolution 1888 (2009), one in a series of resolutions which recognized the detrimental impact that sexual violence in conflict has on communities, and acknowledged that this crime undermines efforts at peace and security and rebuilding once a conflict has ended.  These resolutions signal a change in the way the international community views and deals with conflict-related sexual violence.  It is no longer seen as an inevitable by-product of war, but rather a crime that is preventable and punishable under international human rights law.

Further information on the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict is available on the following website: http://www.un.org/sexualviolenceinconflict/

The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:

·      Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations, such as an intergovernmental, international non-governmental or multinational private sector entities;

·      Proven track record of accomplishments at the regional, national or international level;

·      Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;

·      Ability to build consensus and stimulate effective campaigns among a broad spectrum of people and organizations;

·      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;

·      High commitment to the values and guiding principles of the United Nations and familiarity with the United Nations system, including peacekeeping, human rights, humanitarian and development settings and challenges.

In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for these positions, the Secretariat would welcome any nominations to supplement the Secretary-General’s own search and consultations. The Secretariat would especially welcome nominations of women candidates.

Human rights screening

In accordance with the policy for the nomination of candidates, the Secretariat wishes to outline that it is the responsibility of the nominating Government to ensure that each candidate it nominates has not been convicted of, or is not currently under investigation or being prosecuted for, any criminal offence, or any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.  In the case of nominees who have been investigated for, charged with or prosecuted for any criminal offence but were not convicted, the nominating Government is requested to provide information regarding the investigation(s) or prosecutions concerned.  The nominating Government is also requested to certify that it is not aware of any allegations against its nominated candidates that they have been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any acts that amount to violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

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.

All nominations should include the curriculum vitae of the candidates and must be received by 6 March 2017.  Nominations may also be sent to eosgapplications20172@un.org

The Secretariat of the United Nations avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Permanent Missions of Member States to the United Nations the assurances of its highest consideration.