Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 18 December 2019 - 16 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-128368-R-Bangkok (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 Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Regional Representative and the Chief of the Criminal Justice Systems (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer). Substantive guidance will be provided from the Senior Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer of the Global Programme for Strengthening the Capacities of Member States to Prevent and Combat Organized and Serious Crime in Vienna regarding the establishment and development of a judicial cooperation network for South East Asia countries.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Perform programmatic and administrative tasks necessary to support the development of a judicial cooperation network (the Network) in the South East Asia region, which may include: preparing and managing budgets, organizing network meetings and activities; drafting or preparing necessary documents, maintaining contacts with network contact points; supporting the development of tools and training on international cooperation in criminal matters and related issues; developing promotional materials about the network; developing or supporting a website, and other activities as required.

• Identify needs, gaps, challenges of the countries in the region on international cooperation in criminal matters and issues related to serious and organized crime.

• Provide advice and training on international cooperation in criminal matters and on related crime issues.

• Support UNODC’s role as a facilitator of mutual legal assistance (MLA) by facilitating contacts between the Network contact points and contact points of other networks or with central authorities for MLA of other regions.

• For the implementation of the network, coordinate with and seek input from other UNODC thematic programmes and establish and maintain good relations with relevant counterparts including the donor, beneficiary countries, regional organizations and other stakeholders.

• Identify new issues for project development and draft project concept notes in coordination with relevant actors.

• Contribute to the effective mobilization of resources, including by liaising with current and potential donors;

• Prepare briefing papers and presentations for the Executive Director, Regional Representative, Section Chief, managers, donors and others, as required.

• Participate in the recruitment of staff and provide guidance to relevant staff.

• Support ROSEAP activities in other related projects.

• Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to international criminal justice, international human rights law, organized crime and terrorism related issues, including prevention of violent extremism and the investigation, prosecution of internet-related activities of terrorists. Has proven knowledge of the major international challenges, policies and practices in the areas of crime prevention, international cooperation in criminal matters, cyber crime, terrorism prevention as well as the UNODC mandates and policies. Is able to demonstrate good research, analytical and problem-solving skills including the ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has excellent legal analytical skills. Has ability to establish and maintain effective strategic relationships with beneficiary countries and donors with high diplomatic sensitivity. Has excellent inter-personal and coordination skills. Has a long-term vision in planning development strategies of the network. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for ensuring appropriate attention to both gender balance and geographic representation in staffing and to 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. Specialization in criminal law is desirable. A first-level university degree 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 progressively responsible professional work experience in any of the following relevant areas is required: criminal justice and crime prevention, terrorism prevention, organized crime and international cooperation in criminal matters.
Experience with planning and organizing capacity building activities is required.
Experience in project management as well as fundraising/donor relations and coordination with multiple internal and external stakeholders (ex. government, civil society, private sector) is required.
Experience in supporting judicial cooperation networks, network of prosecutors and central authorities, especially with those established by UNODC is required.
Experience in public information/external relations/advocacy and outreach strategies is desirable.
Work experience in or with relevant Asian countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


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.

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.

Bangkok is classified 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.

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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