Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Programme Management and Crime Prevention), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 12 July 2019 - 10 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-119504-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 Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Justice Section.

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

•Manage and provide substantive support and coordination to activities on crime prevention and related areas under Pillar II of UNODC’s project to implement the “Doha Declaration”, with a view to ensuring high quality outputs and achieving the project outcomes;

•Provide substantive and coordination support to other crime prevention and criminal justice reform activities within the mandate of the Justice Section;

•Prepare a variety of written outputs that relate to the implementation of the programme, such as background papers, progress reports, evaluation reports, mission reports, briefings and presentations; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions;

•Coordinate the development of the technical assistance programmes in beneficiary countries in close consultation with the UNODC Field Offices; undertake needs assessment and technical assistance missions; identify technical assistance needs; directly implement project activities, as required;

•Provide technical expertise and guidance to national and regional counterparts, including sport and physical education teachers and coaches, criminal justice officials and other relevant actors in the implementation of the activities related to the Programme;

•Review and appraise best practices and programmes with regard to Member States efforts to prevent crime and promote them among relevant stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general; Provide technical expertise and guidance to relevant Member States’ authorities on crime prevention, including youth crime prevention and recidivism prevention;

•Prepare and review with the UNODC field offices execution arrangements and performance of the project as well as monitor the implementation of these agreements;

•Coordinate and liaise with UNODC field offices and relevant units at UNODC Headquarters (HQ) as well as other relevant international and regional actors in order to facilitate project implementation and create synergies in this regard; Liaise with donors, development partners and other stakeholders and make programme achievements known;

•Initiate and coordinate advocacy activities in order to implement the Programme’s Communication and Visibility Plan; prepare technical presentations on the programme at related regional/international criminal justice and/or other events; make presentations on assigned topics/activities;

•Supervise project staff in HQ and the field offices, mentor and guide staff in their work; and perform other duties to support programme implementation, as required;

•Initiate and coordinate project evaluation; draft terms of reference for evaluations and coordinate and organise tripartite meetings and evaluations as necessary;

•Monitor expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Programme and ensure compliance with UN financial rules and regulations, initiate project/programme and/or budget revisions as required;

•Oversee project activities, with a focus on those related to crime prevention and youth sports initiatives and the development of related instructional and advocacy materials;
•Lead needs assessment, programming, and other technical missions, to evaluate and elaborate new technical assistance initiatives and activities in the area of crime prevention;

•Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice and in particular concerning youth crime prevention, non-custodial sanctions, prison management and social reintegration of offenders. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as specific technical knowledge relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice. Has demonstrated knowledge of policies, procedures, and best practice as they relate to the criminal justice system. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work, coordinate and supervise the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

•Planning & 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.

•Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, business administration or other relevant social or political area, 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 progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice-related matters as well as in handling development assistance programmes in relevant areas is required. Experience in project formulation, implementation and monitoring and exposure to international development cooperation is required. Work experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization preferably with crime prevention and criminal justice related standards and norms and with other substantive areas of work of UNODC is highly desirable. Experience with and a broad understanding of the situation in developing, transitional or post-conflict countries in matters related to criminal justice is highly desirable. Experience with SAP based information technology infrastructure (such as UMOJA) is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Spanish, Arabic or French is an asset.


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

Special Notice

•Vienna is classified in the H category (family duty station).

•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.

•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.

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.

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