Job Opening

Posting Title: Law Enforcement Expert (Drug Control and Crime Prevention - Counter Narcotics Canine Centre), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 12 December 2018 - 10 January 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-108207-R-Kabul (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 Kabul, Country Office in Afghanistan (COAFG), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Representative, COAFG. The incumbent will also consult with the Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia (RSEWCA), Division for Operations (DO) at UNODC headquarters, Vienna on trilateral cooperation between Japan, the Russian Federation and UNODC.

The incumbent will provide substantive support to the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) under the Ministry of Interior to build a capacity to conduct interdiction operations through the establishment of a Counter Narcotics Canine (K9) Centre.

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

•Review the existing law enforcement capacity within CNPA, assess technical assistance needs and training requirements of the institution and recommend actions to meet needs.

•Provide advisory services and mentoring to CNPA with the aim to support planning, designing and managing Counter Narcotics activities to address the drugs and crime situation in the country.

•Provide technical services to support planning, designing, constructing and equipping a Counter Narcotics Canine K9 Centre.

•Advise CNPA on recruitment and retention of suitable K9 center staff.

•Advise national counterparts on strategies, measures and good practices in the areas of K9 counter narcotics.

•Plan, organize, coordinate and deliver specialized technical services relating to K9 counter narcotics to establish, monitor and manage operations, building synergies with already existing counter narcotics activities.

•Prepare the necessary sub-programme reports, including work plans, budget segments, programme/project progress, performance and/or implementation delivery reports.

•Lead and participate in complex needs assessment and other technical missions to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals relating to K9 counter narcotics operations.

•Evaluate the quality and impact of assistance measures in Afghanistan.

•Initiate, develop, coordinate or contribute to K9 training curricula and training materials to support and sustain sub-programme goals and outputs.

•Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, working papers, reports, background papers, analyses, presentations, proposals and documents, briefings, training materials, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.

•Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze and advise on substantive issues related to counter narcotics and in particular the K9 Centre and participate as a resource person in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings.

•Provide regular reports to UNODC and relevant stakeholders on advancement of work, project implementation status, delivery and results.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to combating crime, illicit drugs and terrorism prevention related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, judiciary, prosecution, human trafficking, organized crime, financial crime and related areas. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has up to date knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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.

•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, 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional work experience in drug control activities, crime and/or terrorism prevention (including international experience in law enforcement, crime prevention, criminal and/or financial investigations, police, prosecutions, customs, border control, combating organized crime, drug and human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and/or criminal intelligence processes) is required. Experience using risk-based working methodology (profiling) is required. Several years of work experience in international technical cooperation, programme and project management and implementation, including in maintaining institutional relationships with relevant law enforcement entities, is desirable. Work experience with relevant government institutions in West and Central Asia, and in particular in Afghanistan, with profound knowledge of the specificity of the region is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another United Nations official language(s) is desirable. Knowledge of Dari or Pashto is an asset.


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 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.

•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.

•Kabul is classified as an E duty station (non-family).

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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