Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Adviser (Prosecution and Judiciary Expert, Terrorism Prevention), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: OTHER
Posting Period: 01 April 2020 - 31 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-134021-P-Other (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions may be located in Field Offices of UNODC supporting Member States with the prosecution and adjudication of returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Africa, Asia and Europe.
The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative and the substantive guidance of the Chief, Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) at UNODC Headquarters, Vienna. In addition, the incumbent will coordinate all aspects of work closely with the relevant Programme Officers based in Vienna and the field.

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As a member of the project team (consisting of staff based both in the field and at UNODC headquarters), the focus of the job is to lead prosecutorial mentoring and capacity building support on terrorism-related cases. Within assigned authority, the Legal Adviser (Prosecution and Judiciary Expert, Terrorism Prevention), will be responsible for the following duties:

•Substantive mentoring for prosecutors: Provide specialized mentoring and substantive advice on prosecution and criminal justice aspects on terrorism-related cases pertaining to individuals associated to terrorists’ groups, in particular regarding those who return from conflict zones (in particular suspected foreign terrorist fighters).

•Mentoring and capacity building assistance for prosecutors and judiciary: Lead on the delivery of outputs and outcomes of the project pertaining to capacity building for prosecutors concerning terrorism-related cases, in particular related to individuals who return from conflict zones. Provide mentoring and substantive expertise, assess capacity building needs of concerned national entities and lead the conceptualization, design and implementation of capacity building activities.

•Technical publications: Provide expert input for the preparation of technical tools, substantive publications, and training tools materials pertaining to the rule of law-based criminal justice responses to terrorism.

•Representation: Participate and represent the Organization in meetings with national counterparts and external stakeholders including in conferences, Expert Group Meetings, as required.

•Quality control: Undertake substantive reviews and quality-control of outputs and services, ensuring compliance with the relevant mandates, objectives, and priorities of the Office.

•Carry out other work-related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Has expertise in legal, prosecution and/or adjudication as well as related inter-agency collaboration matters pertaining to handling serious crimes, such as terrorism and transnational organized crime. Has expertise in training and other capacity-building initiatives in these areas. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches, policies and practices in terrorism prevention, crime prevention and criminal justice reform. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and of the major initiatives of the international community in terrorism prevention. Has sound analytical skills and the ability to identify problems and contribute to problem-solving. 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.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal law, international law or general law is required. Specialization in prosecution and/or judiciary is desirable. Specialization in legal and related aspects of terrorism prevention and their international dimensions is 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 seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in prosecution or closely related criminal justice work is required, preferably with a focus on terrorism, or transnational organized crime, with sound exposure to related judiciary, crime prevention, and criminal justice matters.
Work experience in technical assistance activities, mentoring, and in policy and programme advising in counterterrorism or a directly related field is desirable.
Work experience at the national and international levels is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English 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 is a generic job opening for purpose of creating a roster of qualified candidates for immediate and anticipated job openings in various duty stations. The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions and field operations in varoius duty stations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the roster. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

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.

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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