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Finance Expert

New York City

  • Organization: UNDPA - United Nations Department of Political Affairs
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: Closed

Result of Service

The Expert will contribute to drafting and finalizing updates, monthly, ad hoc, midterm/interim and final reports for the concerned Sanctions Committee.

Supervisor: Joanne Michi Ebata, Chief, Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch [DPPA/SCAD]

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Organisational setting and reporting:
The Panel of Experts established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2140 (2014) ("the
Panel") consists of five experts with demonstrated substantive knowledge, experience and
skills in areas relevant to the implementation of the sanctions regime. The Panel's mandate is
established and can be renewed or terminated by the Security Council. The Panel acts under
the direction of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2140
(2014) ("the Committee").
The Expert will serve with a Panel reporting to the Committee and the Security Council. The
Expert comes under the overall guidance and management of the Security Council Affairs
Division of the Department of Political Affairs, specifically, of the Secretary of the
Committee, the Chief of the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch and the Director of
the Security Council Affairs Division. The work of the Panel is facilitated by a Coordinator
who is also an expert on the Panel.
For more information about the Panel, including its reports and other relevant materials,
please see:
Within delegated authority, the finance expert will be responsible for (but not limited to) the
following duties:
• Contribute to the monitoring of sanctions measures and investigation of alleged sanctions
violations as mandated by Security Council resolutions related to Yemen in his/her area of
• Contribute to reporting on any violations of the sanctions regime through reports of the
Panel to the Committee and the Security Council required under relevant Security Council
resolutions, as well as any periodic briefing/reporting as requested by the Committee;
• Contribute to the preparation of recommendations by the Panel for improved
implementation of the Security Council resolutions related to Yemen, based on the Panel's
investigations, country visits and outreach activities;
• Compile information on individuals and entities that may engage in sanctions violations as
stipulated in resolutions 2140 (2014) and 2216 (2015);
• Prepare and deliver briefings and presentations on the sanctions regime and the Panel's
• Assist in identifying areas where the capacities of States can be strengthened to enhance the
implementation of the sanctions regime;
• Contribute to reports that adhere to a high standard of evidence and rigorous methodology;
• Provide due process to Member States, entities and individuals to respond to allegations and
findings when conducting investigations; and
• Take on other duties as mandated by the Security Council and/or directed by the Committee.
• Contribute to the preparation of a programme of work of the Panel, including a travel
schedule, at the outset of the mandate, which will be updated regularly;
• Participate in investigative missions and bilateral consultations to gather information from
government authorities, private individuals and entities, civil society, regional and subregional
organizations and United Nations field presences;
• Draft and follow up on correspondence in his/her areas of responsibility;
• Collate and assess the information obtained, including by sharing written notes and briefs
with other Panel members;
• Classify, categorize and archive the materials obtained in the course of the Panel's
investigation; and
• Submit to the UN Secretariat an End of Assignment Report at the end of the mandate.
• Abide by the rules and regulations of the United Nations, as guided by the Secretary of the
Committee, the Chief of the Subsidiary Organs Branch and the Director of the Security
Council Affairs Division, among others.
• Knowledge of sanctions-related issues and developments in Yemen and the region.
• Substantive knowledge and field experience in the area of expertise.
• Strong analytical capacity and research skills.
• Ability to develop a sound investigative case study featuring corroborated information from
credible sources, and ability to synthesize this information into an easily-readable case study
which can be incorporated into a Panel report.
• Ability to treat sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
• Ability to work independently and resist political pressures.
• Ability to work under pressure and in dynamic situations; is conscientious and efficient in
meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
• Demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organization
or Member State setting. Knowledge of the United Nations' institutional structure, mandates,
policies and rules, as well as its relationships with regional organizations, Member States and
other international partners.
• Willingness to travel extensively, including in difficult environments.
• Incorporate gender perspectives in the substantive area of responsibility, in all relevant
Planning and organising
• Proven capacity to plan and execute a work plan, and adapt, as required, to fluid priorities
and demands.
• Ability to work independently in a systematic and productive manner. Ability to foresee
risks and allow for contingencies when planning.
• Strong oral communication and drafting skills.
• Ability to interact positively with high-level government officials and the diplomatic
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain harmonious working
relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic and political work environment.
• Ability to develop consensus among people with varying points of view.
• Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may
not entirely reflect his/her own position.
Technological awareness
• Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Word,
PowerPoint and Excel. Ability to use other relevant software (such as photograph
management tools and mapping tools), as well as database software to organize, analyse and
archive collected materials during investigations is desirable. Actively seeks to apply
technology to appropriate tasks.

Qualifications/special skills

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in military science, political
science, international relations, law, journalism or other relevant area is required. A first-level
university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be
accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years (including a minimum of three years of field experience) of
progressively responsible experience in the relevant field is required
Significant field experience in post-conflict or other transitional situations is required
Strong field research or investigative experience in the area of expertise is required
Experience in writing high-quality reports is required
Proven interpersonal skills in complex, political and structured working environments is
A demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional
organization or Member State setting is highly desirable
Experience in working under the rules and regulations of the organization and the working
culture and methods of the United Nations Secretariat is highly desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the
post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage

Additional Information

Geographical diversity is a strong consideration. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
Candidates are encouraged to apply to the Security Council Affairs Division Pool of Experts.
Candidates registered in the Pool of Experts are available for consideration whenever relevant
opportunities arise. They will be contacted directly by the relevant team using the email
address provided in the PHP submitted when applying to the Pool. Candidates who have
joined the Pool should also actively apply to sanctions expert vacancy announcements posted
In Inspira and on this website. Candidates interested in becoming members of the Pool of
Experts can apply at the following URL:
id=215368&Lang=en-US. For more information, please see:
Candidates should list all work experience and diplomas in the relevant part of the
application. Work experience and diplomas only mentioned in the cover letter will not be
considered for screening purposes. Statements must include concrete start and end dates,
detailed description of tasks and achievements and whether the experience was obtained in
full-time or part-time. Candidates should note that eligibility and fees will be decided based
on their submitted application only. There is no option to revise an application after
An appointment shall not be granted to a person who is the father, mother, son, daughter,
brother, or sister, including step-parents, step-children, and step-siblings of a staff member.

No Fee


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