Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 19 September 2018 - 18 October 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-103438-R-Vienna (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator “Global Action to prevent and address trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants” and the overall guidance of the Chief, HTMSS.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Provide substantive support to the implementation of the Project: “Global Action to prevent and address trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants”;

• Develop and implement, as assigned, specific components of the Action, with a special focus on criminal justice: provide substantive and technical input for the formulation, implementation and assessment of project activities; collect and compile relevant background data and information; undertake desk research and assessment missions; liaise with partner countries and other donor entities on resource mobilization; cooperate and coordinate closely with the UNODC field offices and the experts placed in the field by the Action on implementation arrangements, potential partners and detailed specifications for project activities;

• Facilitate and provide support to training and other capacity-building assistance for criminal justice actors, including the development of related technical material: Participate in the design and facilitate interregional, regional and national training activities; prepare and provide input to standardized training materials; facilitate and carry out training activities, as required; review and revise relevant UNODC training and capacity-building tools; promote their use and application by respective target groups in partner countries; compile information on best practices in the response to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; coordinate and liaise with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions which are active in the provision of training on related issues at the international, regional or country level;

• Attend and contribute to technical consultations with partner countries, the EU and other actors on measures against trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants; participate in review, monitoring and evaluation events for the Action; undertake negotiations and consultations on anti-trafficking in persons and anti-smuggling issues, especially those concerning criminal justice, with relevant international bodies and organizations and NGOs, as required; prepare technical presentations on the Action; make substantive presentations on behalf of UNODC on trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants at related regional/international criminal justice and/or other events, as required;

• Develop an implementation plan for a monitoring mechanism to systematically measure the relevance and impact of the technical assistance delivered through the Action including the implementation of standard questionnaires, identification and refinement of effective performance indicators means of verification and development of a system of data collection; develop and design standardized data analysis and visualization methods to be able to inform the EU, partner countries and other UNODC entities of the impact of the Action in a simple and concise manner;

• Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.;

• Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge and specialization in the field of human trafficking and/or migrant smuggling. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good research and analytical skills. Is able to to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Is familiar with technical assistance related issues and has some knowledge of project/programme development and implementation. 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 criminal law, criminology, social science, international relations, political science, law, public administration or a 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 relevant progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice at national and international levels is required. Demonstrated experience in dealing with trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, or other roles concerning the response to trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants is required. Experience in international criminal justice matters as well as familiarity with project formulation, implementation and monitoring, and exposure to international development cooperation is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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.

The United Nations is 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 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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