Information Analyst, Political Affairs

United Nations, Baghdad, Iraq

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th December, 2020

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da'esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Baghdad, Iraq. The post is in the Evidence Analysis Team of the Information Systems Management Unit composed of international and national staff within the Office of Evidence Management. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Information Systems Management unit.

UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da'esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq.


Within delegated authority, the Evidence Analyst will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Maintain understanding of developments/events relevant for the implementation of UNITAD's mandate through monitoring and collection of data/information from multiple sources, including UNITAD components, UN Country Team (UNCT), Iraqi judicial/military/civilian authorities, NGOs, media and other key stakeholders.
  • Classify, manage, store and transfer information by using the UNITAD information management processes and systems.
  • Gather, organize, analyse, and synthesise information for the identification of gaps and trends, production of forecasts, and drafting of analytical reports and assessments to support UNITAD’s structural investigation, investigative interviews and case building activities Liaises closely with investigators, lawyers and information and evidence officers.
  • Contribute to effective working relationships within UNITAD and with the UNCT and relevant external actors and organizations such as government officials, civil society actors and UN entities by participating in briefings and conferences.
  • Maintain a system for classifying and storing confidential information, in consultation with information management/technology expertise.
  • Undertakes in-depth research and analysis of complex political, military, paramilitary, and other related Da’esh activities in cases involving serious breaches of international humanitarian law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence; Assists national prosecutors, police or law enforcement agencies with investigative and/or prosecutorial activities, including testifying in formal proceedings, if required;
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, foreign affairs, law or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience and relevant academic/professional qualifications, such as accreditations from military or government command and staff colleges, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in intelligence or information analysis, political science, international relations, journalism, development, security (military or police) or related field.
  • Experience in research, information analysis and drafting of analytical products is required.
  • Experience working in or in support of a field operation, of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization, is desirable.
  • Experience working in the geographical region of operations is desirable.
  • Experience working in an integrated civilian military-police environment is desirable.
  • Experience in working in investigations or intelligence analysis in the Middle East region is desirable.
  • Experience in working in investigations or intelligence analysis in relation to ISIL (Da'esh) is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.


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