Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Counter-Cybercrime Advisor), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 10 January 2019 - 08 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-109445-R-Dakar (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 within the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Programme Officer (Counter-Cybercrime Advisor) will be located in the UNODC Regional Office for West Africa and Central Africa (ROSEN) in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative of ROSEN and the substantive guidance of the Chief of CMLS, located in the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of the Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna, Austria. S/he will also liaise closely with all relevant substantive sections in Vienna and Dakar, in particular the Global Programme on Transnational Organized Crime (GPTOC/OCB/DTA/UNODC), and the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors (WACAP).

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The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Manage and coordinate the implementation of activities in accordance with the established work plan and with a view to ensuring high quality outputs and achieving the project outcomes, based on best practices, including UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides, and standards and norms;

• Provide legislative technical assistance and specialised legal support to prosecutors/magistrates/judges and other relevant actors in the West African region based on international and regional best practices in the field of cybercrime, digital evidence and Mutual Legal Assistance;

• Provide advisory services and mentoring to national authorities with the aim of supporting the planning, design and management of responses to cybercrime, in cooperation with the relevant networks and UNODC programmes;

• Plan and coordinate, with relevant internal and external colleagues, capacity building activities for the effective investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cybercrime in the West African region including guiding the work of project staff and national/international consultants/experts as needed;

• Develop and maintain partnerships and cooperation with Governments and experts in and beyond the West African region. Furthermore, develop impactive relationships with international organizations, assistance agencies and donors regionally and globally, including representing UNODC as an expert resource person in workshops, training activities and meetings and in relevant regional and international events, and travel as needed to support these duties;

• Maintain expertise on the development of new legal trends and keep abreast with substantive and operational developments in the area of cybercrime and digital evidence;

• Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs related to operational activities, including background and working papers, technical reports and studies, briefings and presentations, and, as necessary, provide apolitical, nuanced inputs to UNODC management for the analysis of related cybercrime development and policy issues;

• Conduct needs assessment and travel as needed to acquire and maintain an overview of needs and potential for UNODC assistance;

• Contribute to the effective mobilization of resources for UNODC regional and global programmes;

• Ensure timely and efficient project management, including project and budget revisions, reporting and monitoring of implementation status and the delivery of activities, and negotiations and regular communication with external counterparts and project donors;

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, approaches and international legal instruments relevant to the control and prevention of cybercrime, digital evidence, organized crime, drug and/or terrorism related areas. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Demonstrates ability to provide apolitical, objective advice and coordination in the planning, development and management of operations. Demonstrates ability to apply good judgment, to identify key issues and make sound recommendations. Is able to prepare legal reviews, reports and papers and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

• 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 degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional experience as a judge, prosecutor, advocate or legal adviser is required. Demonstrable practical experience of delivering digital evidence and/or counter-cybercrime casework is required. Demonstrable practical experience providing technical assistance related to international cooperation in criminal matters, information/intelligence exchange and in developing or implementing international law is highly desirable. Demonstrable practical experience with project and/or programme management is highly desirable. Demonstrable practical experience with the inquisitorial and adversarial criminal justice systems is highly desirable. Work experience in the West African region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English and French, with excellent legal drafting skills, is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This is a project post funded for 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.

Dakar is classified in the A category and is a 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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