Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 26 August 2020 - 24 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-139795-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 Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of the Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and substantive guidance of the Chief, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section and designated senior staff, and the overall guidance of the Chief of OCB.

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Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Promote the work of UNODC against human trafficking and migrant smuggling within the overall framework of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime;

•Develop and implement, as assigned, technical assistance projects, and their component activities, against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, with a special focus on criminal justice: Provide substantive and technical input for the formulation, implementation and assessment of projects; collect and compile relevant background data and information; undertake desk research and assessment missions; liaise with recipient countries and donor entities on resource mobilization;

•Cooperate and coordinate with the field offices and other relevant entities and advise UNODC field offices on implementation arrangements, potential partners and detailed specifications for projects against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants;

•Facilitate and provide training and other capacity-building assistance for criminal justice actors, including the development of related technical material: In particular:

•Participate in the design and facilitate interregional, regional and national training activities targeted to criminal justice related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; prepare and provide input to standardized training materials; facilitate and carry out training activities, as required; review and revise relevant UNODC training and capacity-building tools; promote their use and application by respective target groups; compile information on best practices in the response to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; coordinate and liaise with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions which are active in the provision of training on related issues at the international, regional or country level;

•Contribute to the overall implementation, substantive refinement and assessment of the HTMSS Global Programme against Trafficking and the Global Programme Against Smuggling of Migrants, and their activities: Contribute to the identification and assessment of technical assistance strategies of donors active in anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling initiatives; prepare programme/project proposals/ideas for inclusion in national, regional and global UNODC programmes and for funding consideration and provide substantive input for other activities to promote, support and obtain funding; undertake consultations with relevant international bodies and organizations and NGOs, as required; liaise with recipient countries and donor entities on resource mobilization;

•Prepare technical presentations on the Global Programme against Trafficking in Persons and the Global Programme Against Smuggling of Migrants and component activities; make substantive presentations on behalf of UNODC on trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants at related regional/international criminal justice and/or other events, as required;

•Provide substantive inputs and/or prepare the substantive and programmatic reports to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), General Assembly (GA) and other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies. Provide substantive inputs and/or prepare the substantive and programmatic reports on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling to the UNTOC Conference of the parties and its Working Groups;

•Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.;

•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge and specialization in the field of human trafficking and/or migrant smuggling. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice , as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

•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 criminal law, criminology, and/or related social science, international relations, political science, law, public administration or a related field 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 five years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice at national and international levels is required.
Experience in project formulation, implementation and monitoring and exposure to international development cooperation is desirable.
Experience in legislative drafting and/or criminal investigation and/or prosecution of transnational organized crime, preferably on cases of trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, or other roles concerning the responses to trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants is desirable.
Living/working experience in developing countries and proven cross-cultural and gender sensitivity are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French or Arabic is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages (Chinese, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.


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. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified an H 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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