United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal TribunalsTemporary Job Opening (Duration 3 months with possibility of extension)

Witness Support Assistant, FS-4

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS     :           03 February 2022

DATE OF ISSUANCE                            :           20 January 2022

OFFICE                                                   :            Registry/ Witness Support and Protection Unit

LOCATION                                             :           Arusha

JOB OPENING NUMBER                    :      2021/TJO/IRMT/REG/WISP/226-FS

United Nations Core Values:   Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organizational setting and Reporting:

This position is located in the Witness Support and Protection Unit (WISP), Registry, Arusha branch. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Legal Officer, and overall guidance of the Head of WISP. Please note that the Recruitment for this position is subject to operational needs and may therefore not be immediate.



  • Facilitate communication between witnesses appearing before the Mechanism by providing translation and interpretation services to non-Kinyarwanda speaking staff members, Prosecution attorneys, Defence Counsel and other  specialists from Kinyarwanda into French or English and vice versa;
  • Provide 24-hour emotional and practical support  to witnesses/victims called to testify before the Mechanism by       ensuring their welfare and physical comfort and reporting on a daily basis to the Protection Officer and other relevant  officers of the Unit on matters arising during performance of duties, for appropriate action or attention;
  • Prepare witnesses and victims  for their court appearance;
  • Assist in the implementation of court orders pertaining to witnesses;
  • Report to the Legal Officer any breach of judicial orders, rules, and general operational guidelines;
  • Escort and travel with protected witnesses and victims to all destinations while they are in Tanzania; from  their  countries of residence to and from the seat of the Mechanism in Arusha;
  • Maintain detailed records on individual cases of witnesses and victims and ensure strict confidentiality of sensitive          witness related information at all times;
  • Undertake any other assignments as required.
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Core Competencies:

Professionalism – Ability to implement witness support programmes and administrative functions. Knowledge of the Rwandan environment, culture and historical background is preferable. Ability to deal with witnesses in stressful circumstances and conditions.  Demonstrated ability to use computer technology. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; 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.

Client Orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients’ informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.




High school diploma or equivalent with training in witness protection, social work, law, psychology, interpretation, nursing or other related areas.


A minimum of six (6) years of practical experience in witness support, social work, psychology, law or related areas, preferably in an international environment and a minimum of two (2) years of practical experience in consecutive translation and United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals interpretation from Kinyarwanda to French or English and vice-versa. Experience working within the United Nations common system or International Organizations is highly desirable.

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English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and/or French is required. Fluency in Kinyarwanda is required.  Knowledge of Swahili is an asset.


Staff at the FS-3 and FS-4 level are eligible to apply. Applications from GS staff will be considered as external.

Interested staff members must complete a UN Personal History Profile (PHP) form obtainable via Inspira personal accounts or the IRMCT website and submit together with a cover letter. Please submit all documents including the last two e-PAS/ePerformance appraisal to the recruitmentR@un.org  in-box.  Please indicate the job opening number in the subject line.

Once received, a list of candidates who meet the requirements of the post will be sent to the supervisor, who will prepare a written comparative analysis of the candidates and recommend a staff member for the position. Please note, only shortlisted candidate(s) will be informed of the outcome



External applicants must complete the UN Personal History Profile (PHP) form obtainable from the Mechanism website (unmict.org) or from your personal Inspira account and forward electronically to the recruitmentR@un.org in-box.  Please indicate the job opening number in the subject line.

Once received, a list of candidates who meet the requirements of the post will be sent to the supervisor, who will prepare a

written comparative analysis of the candidates and recommend a staff member for the position. Please note, only shortlisted candidate(s) will be informed of the outcome

Special Notice:

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.  Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

The appointment is limited to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.  Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected.  Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.

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The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.


Roster candidates must express their interest and availability for published job openings by submitting an updated PHP and cover letter.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.  The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.  Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.


The deadline for submitting the application is 03 February 2022.