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UNODC seeks Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (m/f)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 5<y Senior Level  Wien, Wien, Österreich 5 Okt 2016

Job Description

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime seeks a:

Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (m/f)

Special Notice:
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.

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), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer will report to the Chief of the Section or other senior officers in the section.
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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Provide substantive and organizational input for the implementation of the programme of work of the Conference Support Section, specifically with a view to promoting the ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC Convention and its protocols) and of the open-ended working groups established by the Conference;
  • Draft documentation and provide substantive servicing to governing bodies in areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, including, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime; Commission on Narcotic Drugs; the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; General Assembly; United Nations Economic and Social Council, and other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies. Participate and assist in the substantive and administrative servicing of the meetings of those bodies;
  • Provide substantive inputs on matters related to the ratification and implementation of the Convention and the Protocols and to the overall work of the Division and UNODC;
  • Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, summary reports etc.;
  • Draft parts of or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme or project documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc.
  • Foster collaboration among States parties, including with national authorities relevant for the implementation of the Convention, as well as with intergovernmental, non-governmental and/or civil society organizations;
  • When requested, assist in the recruitment of personnel for the Section by coordinating/conducting panel interviews, by evaluating candidates’ applications and qualifications, by drafting/finalizing substantive recommendations and reports for submission to HRMS and/or Central Review bodies, by drafting terms of reference/job descriptions, etc.
  • As required, supervise support staff members;
  • Perform other work related duties as assigned.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of legislative aspects of preventing and combating drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, including human trafficking, smuggling in migrants and trafficking in firearms. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Is able to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions. Has excellent legal writing and expression skills. 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 international law, criminal law, criminology or international relations, is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice or related issues is required. Work experience in supporting policy and programme development, servicing intergovernmental bodies and providing legislative assistance is required. Familiarity with the modalities of international cooperation in criminal matters is highly desirable. Legal drafting experience is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may befollowed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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