Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: TUNIS
Posting Period: 06 December 2019 - 13 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Social Affairs-UNODC-128116-J-Tunis (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 at the UNODC Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), at its Programme Office in Tunis, Tunisia. Under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Middle East and North Africa based in Cairo, Egypt, the incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Research Officer (Criminal Intelligence Analysis), based in Tunis, and the additional supervision of the Programme Coordinator, Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit (PCAU), at ROMENA. Technical advice and support will be sought from the relevant units in UNODC Headquarters in Vienna.

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Within assigned authority, the Associate Research Officer (Criminal Intelligence Analysis) will perform the following specific duties:

•Assist in carrying out research, monitoring and analysis of trends and patterns related to drugs, crime, and terrorism in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, as well for the preparation of analytical studies and threat assessments on those matters; Assist in assessing implications and developing proposals with respect to key developments and relevant intervention.

•Assist with the research on available criminal intelligence in connection with the project “Strengthening criminal intelligence analysis capacities in the MENA region”; Support the planning, design, implementation and coordination of all activities in relation to technical assistance provided in the area of criminal intelligence analysis in the MENA region, and assist with the financial and administrative aspects of project implementation.

•Assist in the preparation and delivery of training to national counterparts on strategic, tactical and operational criminal intelligence analysis, as a support to investigations and to the development of national threats assessments.

•Contribute to the development and implementation of regional/country studies, trend and threat assessments on drugs/crime/terrorism and their linkages with governance, security and development issues, including in particular relevant trans-national issues.

•Research, collect, review and analyse information and reports from UNODC and other UN offices, governmental institutions, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs/NGOs), media reports and other relevant sources.

•Support the drafting of a variety of written outputs, including background and working papers, technical reports and studies, briefings and presentations, communication/visibility material and reporting, as well as research-based reports to governing and technical bodies; Contribute to the preparation of thematic research studies and reports on drugs and crime by either supporting the drafting of parts of the studies or by reviewing drafts of others based on their relevance and quality.

•Participate in field missions; provide substantive inputs to training, workshops and seminars and respond to demands for information on specific topics and participate in dissemination and briefing activities on relevant topics.

•Contribute to the development and maintaining of partnerships with governmental and other institutions; liaise with other international organizations and research institutions to develop synergies and collaborative arrangements in the areas of data collection and analysis.

•Assist in the development and expansion of international support to UNODC activities on criminal intelligence analysis in the MENA region, particularly with a view to receive additional funding;

•Perform other duties within the work area, as required.


•Professionalism: Has excellent conceptual, research, analytical and evaluative skills. Has proven advanced drafting and analytical report writing skills, especially related to organised crime and terrorism. Is able to identify key issues, opportunities and risks and to analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, demonstrating diplomatic skills. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of the assignments given, plan own work 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 and deadlines and achieving quality 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 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, social sciences, international relations, security studies, criminology, international development or related fields 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. A diploma or certificate from a recognized institution on qualification in criminal intelligence analysis is desirable.

A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of professional experience in research and analysis preferably in relation to organized crime and/or terrorism is required.
Practical experience in the functioning of criminal justice systems at the international level is required.
Working experience in the Arab region or at a field location is desirable.
Experience in the implementation, development, and monitoring of technical assistance projects at the international level is desirable.
Experience with the United Nations system, or similar international organization is desirable.
No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in both English and French is required. Fluency in Arabic is an advantage. 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 temporary project position is available for seven months. Filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. 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.

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.

Tunis is classified as an A and 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, 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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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.

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