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Feb 13, 2022
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Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 04 February 2022 – 05 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-173373-R-Vienna (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity



Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Conference Support Section (CSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Global Programme Manager and the general supervision of the Chief of the Section.

For more information on UNODC, please visit www.unodc.org.


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will carry out a range of functions to support substantive and programmatic management of the Global Programme on Implementing the Organized Crime Convention, as well as coordinate the functioning of the various facets of the Programme, contributing, most notably, to the fundraising component, the SHERLOC (Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws on Crime) knowledge management portal and the project on strategies against organized crime. Furthermore, the incumbent will also provide substantive support to the work of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). In particular, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
• Contribute to the general administration and programme management under the Global Programme on Implementing UNTOC.
• Contribute to the fundraising and partnership-building activities under the Global Programme, through drafting and reviewing funding proposals, communicating with donors and implementation partners, and reviewing relevant documents and reports, while ensuring compliance with reporting requirements.
• Monitor financial resources, budgets, expenditures and use of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility, while ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations.
• Prepare the SHERLOC annual workplans on its maintenance and development, and monitor their implementation.
• Serve as the focal point for the SHERLOC Knowledge Management Portal and coordinate the operational aspects of the work of the cross-divisional SHERLOC team.
• Liaise on substantive and technical SHERLOC-related matters with ITS (Information Technology Service), national counterparts, UNODC focal points, contributors and other relevant counterparts.
• Contribute to the legal research, analysis and uploading of legislation, case laws, strategies and other data (mainly in Russian and/or Spanish) into the SHERLOC database.
• Plan and organize regional and national workshops to implement UNTOC, support the preparation of organized crime strategies, prepare agenda, identify participants and facilitators, prepare documents and presentations pertaining to organized crime; facilitate and coordinate expert consultations, workshops and other training activities for the implementation of UNTOC.
• Liaise with relevant parties, such as ministries, civil society organizations, the private sector and other relevant bodies to support the adoption and implementation of national and regional strategies to prevent and combat organized crime globally.
• Support the organization and implementation of other technical assistance activities pertaining to the implementation of UNTOC on a national, regional and global level, with a focus on strategy development to prevent and combat organized crime.
• Draft and prepare briefing notes, talking points, speaking notes, speeches and provide support in the coordination of a variety of inputs on UNTOC.
• Contribute to servicing the Working Group of Government Experts on Technical Assistance.
• When requested, assist in the recruitment of personnel for the Section by participating in panel interviews, evaluating candidates’ applications and qualifications, drafting substantive recommendations and reports for submission to HRMS and/or Central Review bodies, drafting terms of reference/job descriptions, etc.
• Assist in the identification of procurement needs (goods and services) and support the full procurement cycle.
• As required, supervise support staff members, project personnel; mentor and guide interns and Associate Experts in their work.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has good knowledge of United Nations programme policies, guidelines and procedures. Has knowledge of the practical issues related to the implementation of UNTOC through legislative and/or strategic measures. Has very good research and analytical skills. Has strong skills related to the conceptualization and implementation of fundraising appeals in the sphere of crime prevention and criminal justice. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research, collect and analyse data. Has familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for managing substantive and functional areas. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, criminology, political science or related field is required.

A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience

A minimum of five years of professional work experience in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice is required.

Experience in conceptualizing, implementing or contributing to knowledge management portals is required.

Experience in providing strategy-related assistance on organized crime matters is desirable.

Work experience in supporting intergovernmental processes, or servicing intergovernmental bodies is desirable.

Practical experience in working with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, as well as fluency in Russian and/or Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is financed from extra-budgetary resources. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified as a H and family duty station.


United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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