Job Opening

Posting Title: Advisor (Serious and Organized Crime), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: TIRANA
Posting Period: 23 October 2018 - 06 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-105392-R-Tirana (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in Tirana, in the UNODC Programme Office in Albania (POALB), which is part of the UNODC Regional Office for South Eastern Europe / Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia (RSEWCA), Division for Operations (DO). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Regional Section / Regional Representative for South Eastern Europe. Relating to thematic aspects of his/her work the incumbent will be guided by the Chief of the Implementation Support Section (ISS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of the Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of UNODC.

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•Provide specialized legal, substantive and technical expertise to the Government of Albania and the wider region of South Eastern Europe in the enhancement of the rule of law and in the ongoing effort to more effectively protect the jurisdictions and their people from the effects of serious and organized crime, in particular transnational organized crime.
•Review existing law enforcement, border control and organized crime related matters, including in terms of technical delivery at bilateral and multilateral level and assess technical assistance needs and training requirements of government institutions and recommend actions to meet needs.
•Identify technical assistance needs and priorities, design programmes and initiatives to assist the Government of Albania and wider region of South Eastern Europe in implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols, and other relevant international treaties and obligations; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions and the implementation of the designed programmes and initiatives.
•Coordinate policy development in the area of serious and organized crime, including the review and analysis of issues and trends; provide support and input to research activities and studies in the subject field. Provide expert advice in the institutionalization and effectiveness of procedures in which information on serious and organized crime can be more systematically collected, shared, assessed and published.
•Advise national counterparts on law enforcement and organized crime related strategies and measures and on good practices in their areas of competence and fields of intervention.
•Under the guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for South Eastern Europe, take the lead in the implementation of the UNODC component of Pillar III (Western Balkan Border Security Initiative) of the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) in the Western Balkans.
•Provide expert advice to and support policymakers in Albania and wider region of South Eastern Europe in identifying priorities and making decisions on various aspects of countering serious and organized crime, in particular transnational organized crime. Identify effective actions in terms of better prevention, intervention and partnerships for addressing the related challenges; ensure the implementation of these actions upon the agreement of the national counterparts and UNODC management.
•Assist with the introduction and effective usage of contemporary criminal intelligence tools and methods, as well as international good practices in countering serious and organized crime, in particular transnational organized crime.
•Maintain regular contact, foster cooperation and work in close coordination with national and international drug and crime law enforcement authorities, agencies and institutions, including with customs and border control authorities, and other relevant counterparts including the European Union and its agencies.
•Facilitates regional and international cooperation and information exchange in operational and investigative matters with regard to countering organized crime including illicit financial flows from organized crime and drugs.
•Lead and/or participate in various field missions, meetings, workshops, trainings, technical assistance actions, daily provision of advice and guidance to internal and external counterparts, national officials at different levels in the law enforcement and other related sectors, and other parties.
•Attend policy-making and expert level meetings and different other types of events to present work plans and achievements, provide expert advice and share expertise, monitor and analyze trends and patterns of substantive and organizational nature, and represent UNODC.
•Cooperate with the national counterparts in Albania and the wider region of South Eastern Europe, build partnerships and ensure complementarily and non-duplication of action with other actors.
•Provide substantive inputs and/or prepare substantive and programmatic reports, various written outputs, briefing notes, speaking points, visibility materials, specialized materials, legal documents, technical publications, agendas of events and meetings and their reports, as well as programme documents and concept notes in the field of serious and organized crime and related areas.
•Act as the head of the UNODC Programme Office in Albania and support the work of UNODC in the country in all areas of UNODC mandate; participate in the work of the United Nations Country Team in Albania; support the Chief of the Regional Section / Regional Representative and the Programme Officer in the Regional Section in carrying out programmatic and administrative tasks, including budgetary issues, in Albania.
•Work in close cooperation and coordination with the Programme Officer in the Regional Section in charge of the coordination of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe, as well as other UNODC Advisors/Officers, staff and personnel in South Eastern Europe.
•As required, guide staff members, mentors, trainers, consultants working in Albania and in the wider region of South Eastern Europe in their work as it relates to serious and organized crime.
•Establish and maintain active cooperation with the donor and partner governments and agencies, as required.
•Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to serious and organized crime and related fields. Has good knowledge of law enforcement work, including criminal intelligence, police or other similar type of work, prosecution, adjudication, preventing and combating organized crime, including its international dimensions. Has knowledge of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice and of the mandates of UNODC. Is able to identify issues/problems, analyze and participate in their resolution. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Is able to provide legal advisory services and manage programme planning and implementation Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrating professional competence and mastery of subject matter; being conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; showing persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Taking 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. Ability to analyze expeditiously extensive substantive legal documentation and prepare comprehensive reports, summaries and policy briefs.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


An advanced university (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement is required. A first-level university degree OR equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice including several years at the international level in law enforcement, police, prosecution, customs or other similar area of work is required. Work experience in providing law enforcement advisory services, as well as technical assistance on serious and organized crime to government institutions, international and regional organizations (such as the European Union) and non-governmental organizations is required. Living and working experience in South Eastern Europe is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the languages of South Eastern Europe 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.

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.

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.

Tirana is classified as an A 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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