Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 22 August 2019 - 18 September 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Legal Affairs-UNODC-122026-J-Vienna (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Implementation Support Section II (Sub-Saharan Africa) (ISS II), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of Section (ISS II) and in close coordination with the TPB focal point on Advanced Passenger Information and Passenger Name Record (API/PNR) and civil aviation matters.


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

• Conduct legal analysis and review of national legislation, in accordance with international human rights standards, related to the collection, transmission, use, retention and sharing of API/PNR.

• Identify legal gaps and provide assistance in the formulation and drafting of relevant laws, policy and regulations necessary for governments to comply with international standards.

• Carry out in-depth legal research and analysis to prepare guidelines, legal reports and working documents addressing pertinent human rights issues including data protection and privacy concerns relating to API/PNR.

• Provide specialized legal advice/support and technical input on complex legal issues/aspects concerning API and PNR.
• Assist in the conceptualization, planning, organization and implementation of regional and national legislative workshops and consultations for the review and drafting of national legislation, regulations or policy on API/PNR.

• Participate in and provide, as requested, technical assistance to Member States and undertake related technical assistance missions; undertake consultations and liaison with officials of governments, including recipient countries, international organizations and funding institutions; participate in relevant international, regional or national meetings and provide substantive expertise on specific legal issues, focus on related to API/PNR.

• Contribute to the preparation of reports, technical briefings, background documents, legal papers, briefing notes, speeches related to the prevention of terrorism and API/PNR, data protection and privacy.

• Carry out other work-related tasks as assigned.


Professionalism: Has demonstrated professional competence and expertise in the criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention and closely related crime prevention and criminal justice issues, especially with respect to the legislative, judiciary, rule of law, and international cooperation aspects. Has strong skills in developing and implementing legal technical services concerning terrorism prevention at the national, regional and international levels, including specialized training for senior government officials. Has knowledge and understanding of legal aspects concerning data protection and privacy. Has knowledge and understanding of concepts, policies and practice relevant to the collection and use of Advanced Passenger Information and Passenger name Record. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and in particular in terrorism prevention. Has sound analytical skills and ability to identify problems and contribute to problem-solving. Is committed to the achieving highest quality outputs, timeliness, conscientiousness, attention to detail and ability to bring matters to closure. 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 & 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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. Specialization in criminal law, counter-terrorism and human rights is highly desirable. 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 experience in legal and criminal justice matters, with a focus on terrorism prevention and/or civil aviation is required.
Legal drafting experience, in both civil and common law legal systems is required.
Experience in dealing with Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) legal requirements and international standards is desirable.
Experience on legal matters related to human rights and data privacy/protection matters is desirable.
Work experience at both national and international levels is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English with excellent drafting skills is required. 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 position is temporarily available for a period of six months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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