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One Position as Ombusdsperson for the UN Security Council Committee Concerning ISIL, Al-Qaida and Associates

REFERENCE: SCA/2/21 (13)

The Secretariat of the United Nations presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions of Member States and Non-Member States to the United Nations and has the honour to refer to the Note Verbale SCA/2/21 (11) dated 26 July 2021 concerning a job opening for the position of Ombudsperson for the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities.

The Secretariat wishes to inform the Permanent Missions of Member States and Non-Member States to the United Nations that the application deadline to the job opening for the Ombudsperson position has been extended to 22 September 2021.

The Office of the Ombudsperson was established by Security Council resolution 1904 (2009). The Ombudsperson is mandated to receive and review petitions from individuals, groups, undertakings or entities seeking to be removed from the Security Council’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List, and to make recommendations, based on an analysis of all available information, on whether or not the listing should be maintained. The Ombudsperson must also develop consistent policies, procedures and standards as necessary for the examination of petitions.

The Ombudsperson interacts with petitioners, Member States and relevant organizations in performing the functions of the Office and is expected to work closely with the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee and its Chair as well as with the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team.

The Office of the Ombudsperson is based at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The primary functions of the Ombudsperson include:

  • Receive and review petitions for delisting presented by individuals and entities designated by the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee;
  • Engage with petitioners, lawyers, Member States and the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team to obtain relevant information for the analysis of delisting petitions, including through in-person interviews;
  • Conduct independent research to find information of relevance to delisting petitions;
  • Prepare a detailed Comprehensive Report including a recommendation as to whether or not the designated individual or entity should remain on the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List;
  • Present Comprehensive Reports to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee;
  • Prepare and present biannual reports to the Security Council on activities and the operation of the Ombudsperson mechanism, including means by which to ensure that fair and clear procedures exist for placing individuals and entities on sanctions lists and for removing them;
  • Direct the substantive work of staff supporting the Office of the Ombudsperson;
  • Conduct briefings and other outreach activities as necessary;
  • Assume other duties as mandated by the Security Council.

The Ombudsperson is hired as a consultant in line with the United Nations’ administrative instruction concerning consultants and individual contractors (ST/AI/2013/4). More information about the tasks and procedures of the Office of the Ombudsperson is contained in Annex II of Security Council resolution 2368 (2017) and on its website:

The United Nations Secretariat is seeking an eminent individual of high moral character, impartiality and integrity with high qualifications and experience in relevant fields. These include:

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law 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 advance university degree.
  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant and progressively responsible experience as a legal practitioner or judge in international criminal law and/or the international and national legal frameworks for combating terrorism;
  • Experience in the fields of human rights, counter-terrorism and/or sanctions;
  • Experience in drafting legal opinions, decisions or judgments;
  • Impeccable personal and professional integrity, with a demonstrated ability of dealing with sensitive or confidential information appropriately;
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in the application of fair process principles;
  • Strong advocacy, diplomatic and political skills, with a track record of succeeding in a complex political and multicultural environment with diverse stakeholders;
  • A good understanding of the United Nations system and mechanisms, including knowledge of the practices and working methods of the United Nations Security Council and the Office of the Ombudsperson;

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Secretariat would welcome any applications to supplement the Secretary General’s own search and consultations. The Secretariat would especially welcome applications from female candidates.

The curricula vitae (CVs) of all nominees, including contact information, should be forwarded to the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch of the Security Council Affairs Division in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations, no later than 22 September 2021, through the following e-mail address: In addition, Member States should request their nominated candidates to apply online by 22 September 2021 at Only applications received through the online platform will be considered.

The selection process will include an interview and other assessment methods to evaluate candidates’ suitability. For additional information, please contact Mr. Erik Marzolf ( and Ms. Natacha Wexels-Riser (

In accordance with Security Council resolution 1904 (2009), the successful candidate will be appointed by the Secretary-General, in close consultation with the Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities.

Organisation: United Nations
Deadline: 22/09/2021
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