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Mediator of the Global Mediation Panel
|Application Deadline :||30-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||2 years|
The Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes offers dedicated informal dispute-resolution services to all contract holders from UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS and UN Women in an informal, confidential manner with the aim of maintaining a harmonious workplace environment. The Ombudsman does not advocate for any party in a dispute but rather assists in seeing that all members of the work force are treated equitably and that justice is done.
As part of the efforts to improve organizational culture and ways of responding to grievances, the Office of the Ombudsman is increasing the existing capacity for mediation services through the establishment of a Global Mediation Panel consisting of external, on-call mediators, and through Members of the International Advisory Board approved by the Office of the Ombudsman in consultation with the Chairpersons of the relevant Staff Associations. If the Ombudsman deems that a workplace dispute brought to the attention of the Office would be best addressed by the mediation process, he or she may refer it to the Global Mediation Panel to address it in a faster, less intrusive way than through the formal process.
Please send an expression of interest with the following:
(a) Curriculum vitae and/or bio (an example can be found here): https://fpombudsman.org/our-team/giuseppe-de-palo/;
(b) Profile picture; and as optional (c) A cover letter of not more than one page explaining your interest in joining the Panel to email@example.com with the subject line “Global Mediation Panel” by 30 May 2020 (early applications are encouraged).
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION ON THIS WEBSITE - PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS VIA EMAIL AS INDICATED ABOVE.
After reviewing the applications, the Office of the Ombudsman will contact qualified candidates regarding the next steps.
The Office of the Ombudsman may invite leading mediators to submit an expression of interest in becoming consultant on-call mediators, provided that such mediators meet the requirements listed above.
Duties and Responsibilities
Description of responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Mediation Specialist and leadership of the Ombudsman, the on-call external mediators will be responsible for the following duties:
Required Skills and Experience
The candidates for on-call mediators of the Global Mediation Panel shall be highly experienced mediators interested in participating in the screening process with a view to being included as consultant on-call mediators in the Global Mediation Panel of the Office of the Ombudsman.
The applicants shall meet the following criteria in order to qualify:
• A degree in law, conflict management or other relevant social sciences. A master’s degree in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) would be an asset;
• Formal training in conflict resolution;
• Proven mediation experience (at least five years); and
• Fluency in the official language of the country for which the mediator will be screened and proficiency in English (both oral and written).
The Office is currently seeking applicants who have permanent residence or significant presence in countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East where the five United Nations organizations served by the Office of the Ombudsman have country offices or an established presence.
Although current members of the national judiciary and governments are not disqualified per se, their acceptance is subject to the procurement processes of the United Nations, which may include restrictions in this regard. Furthermore, before accepting an offer to be included as an on-call mediator in the Global Mediation Panel, candidates must furnish proof that the laws of the particular jurisdiction permit the acceptance of such an offer.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.