Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (m/f/d)

polisphere Redaktion 5<y Senior Level  Anywhere 9 Nov 2020

Job Description

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime seeks

Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (m/f/d)

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML), of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Head of GPML, and the overall guidance of the Chief of CMLS. The Representative of the Country Office in Afghanistan will act as an Additional Reporting Officer. The incumbent will undertake missions to Afghanistan and globally as required.

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The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

  • Work closely with Member States in Afghanistan and the Middle East, North Africa region (MENA), and other regions as required to develop and deliver technical assistance, mentoring and training to national agencies in areas of illicit financial flows and AML/CFT law enforcement, prosecutions, financial investigations, criminal asset forfeiture, capacity building for financial intelligence units, and cooperation with the private and NGO sectors.
  • Participate in awareness-raising and needs assessment activities related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT, including missions to Member States; review existing legal, regulatory, and law enforcement capacity in States and draft reports with recommended actions, in cooperation with national counterparts, on technical assistance needs in order to assist in their implementation of international standards related to AML/CFT.
  • Undertake outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc. related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT; make presentations on assigned topics/activities; provide guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties. Specific focuses will include managing training in implementation of sanctions pursuant to UNSCRs 1267,1988 and 1373, and international cooperation in relation to AML/CFT.
  • Develop and deliver professional development/accreditation systems for AML/CFT practitioners.
  • Work in close cooperation with the GPML P-4 Programme Officer (focal point for Counter Terrorist Financing), Terrorism Prevention Branch and with the AML/CFT Adviser in Afghanistan and UNODC staff in the Middle East; backstop mentors; participate in meetings of the MENAFATF, APG, and other regional bodies as necessary.
  • Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in areas related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT and contribute to their promotion among Member States.
  • Provide substantive inputs to reports to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), and other legislative and technical bodies.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned AML/CFT-related programmes/projects, etc. Participate in fundraising and meetings/briefings with donors. As requested, attend policy-making and technical meetings to monitor and analyze events and discussions.
  • Monitor the expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility; 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.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has demonstrated current and comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the problem of illicit financial flows from crime and terrorism. Has demonstrated knowledge of the relevant aspects of money laundering, combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT), and proceeds of crime/asset forfeiture legislation, as well as the relevant international instruments and mandates of the UN and UNODC, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and the mutual evaluation process; and those of the FATF-Style Regional Bodies, specifically the MENAFATF and APG. Has knowledge in fostering national, regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial regime, as well as its law enforcement measures to combat illicit financial flows. Has demonstrated experience in the development of professional training materials, including in relation to UNSCR 1267/1988/1373 and international cooperation, and the delivery of expert-level training courses. Has knowledge of AML/CFT legislation and implementation capacities, especially in Afghanistan. Has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. 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.
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Demonstrates a high level of initiative and the ability to be proactive in seeking to develop new areas of work within identified objectives and strategies.
  • 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.


An advanced university (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the fields of law or criminology, or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement 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. Recognized qualification in project management and training delivery is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience, including international experience, in civil and/or criminal law including case preparation and advocacy, illicit financial flows, anti-money laundering and the counter-financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) is required.
Experience in development and delivery of AML/CFT training, including in relation to UNSCR 1267, 1988 and 1373 is required.
Experience in the development of AML/CFT professional development and accreditation systems is required.
Experience in providing advice and assistance to law enforcement officers and prosecutors on AML/CFT matters is required.
Experience in fostering regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial regime is required.
Experience working in and delivering AML/CFT capacity building in developing countries, including Afghanistan and the Middle East, is required.
Experience in developing and delivering projects in relation to Money and Value Transfer Services is desirable.
Work experience within the United Nations System or a similar international organization is desirable.
Experience with international fundraising is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

This is a project post. 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 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.

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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified an 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on 3rd December.

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