Ombudsmen resolve disputes between two parties where there is a power imbalance, as an impartial mediator. They interview the parties involved and investigate the case in order to come to a resolution beneficial to both parties. They advise on conflict resolution and offer support to clients. The claims are mostly against public institutions and authorities.
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- Employment law
The law which mediates the relationship between employees and employers. It concerns employees' rights at work which are binding by the work contract.
- Create solutions to problems
Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.
- Manage contract disputes
Monitor issues that arise between the parties involved in a contract and provide solutions in order to avoid lawsuits.
- Apply knowledge of human behaviour
Practice principles related to group behaviour, trends in society, and influence of societal dynamics.
- Handle conflicts
Mediate in conflicts and tense situations by acting between parties, such as service users, important others like families, and institutions, striving to effect an agreement, reconciliate, and resolve problems.
- Observe confidentiality
Observe the set of rules establishing the nondisclosure of information except to another authorised person.
- Apply conflict management
Take ownership of the handling of all complaints and disputes showing empathy and understanding to achieve resolution. To be fully aware of all Social Responsibility protocols and procedures, and to be able to deal with a problem gambling situation in a professional manner with maturity and empathy.
- Respond to enquiries
Respond to enquiries and requests for information from other organisations and members of the public.
- Show intercultural awareness
Show sensibility towards cultural differences by taking actions which facilitate positive interaction between international organisations, between groups or individuals of different cultures, and to promote integration in a community.
- Show empathy
Show empathy in order to prevent any kind of symbolic violence and isolation and to guarantee a considerate attention to everyone. It should include a capacity to understand various verbal and non-verbal communication of sentiment and feeling.
- Show impartiality
Perform duties for disputing parties or clients based on objective criteria and methods, disregarding prejudice or bias, to make or facilitate objective decisions and outcomes.
- Facilitate official agreement
Facilitate an official agreement between two disputing parties, ensuring that both parties agree on the resolution which has been decided on, as well as writing the necessary documents and ensuring both parties sign it.
Optional knowledge and skillsadvise on risk management moderate in negotiations health, safety and hygiene legislation interview people protect employee rights educate employees on occupational hazards scientific research methodology promote social awareness advise on conflict management communicate health and safety measures comply with legal regulations address problems critically identify policy breach
Source: Sisyphus ODB