Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Wildlife and Forest Crime - Financial Investigations) - Temporary, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 18 September 2020 - 22 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-141280-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 Sustainable Livelihoods Unit (SLU), Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB), Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (Livelihoods and Environmental Crime) and the overall guidance of the Chief, SLU, heading the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, and the Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser in the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB). The focus of this post is to plan, organize, coordinate and/or provide substantive input and backstopping to the development, implementation and monitoring of the UNODC projects related to investigation of corruption and other financial crimes linked to wildlife, forest and fisheries crime cases.

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

•Provide substantive support in the implementation of mandates received from the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Conference of the States Parties and its Working Groups, particularly in relation to the prevention and investigation of corruption related to wildlife, forest and fisheries crimes.

•Provide technical assistance and support to national authorities, as well as to academia, the private sector and civil society, in efforts to prevent and combat corruption related to wildlife, forest and fisheries crimes.

•Plan, organize, coordinate and provide substantive input and backstopping to the development, implementation and monitoring of the UNODC projects, project components and activities on corruption related to wildlife, forest and fisheries crimes, in particular with the view of supporting Member States to initiate and advance financial investigations related to such crimes.

•Coordinate the joint work on strengthening financial investigations related to wildlife, forest and fisheries crime cases and closely liaise with relevant UNODC units, including SLU, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB) and UNODC’s field offices as well as with relevant external partners.

•Coordinate and provide substantive expertise and guidance to support a group of expert consultants engaged to provide forensic accounting mentorship to Member States on financial investigations related to wildlife, forest and fisheries crimes.

•Research, analyse and present information, including on issues and trends on financial crimes related to wildlife, forest and fisheries crime cases gathered from diverse sources; prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

•Monitor and analyse programme and project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.

•Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in the area of financial crimes related to wildlife, forest and fisheries crime.

•Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

•Undertake outreach activities; design and conduct workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.

•Participate in or lead complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

•Cooperate and coordinate with field offices, UNODC programmes and other relevant entities on matters pertaining to financial crimes related to wildlife, forest and fisheries crime.

•Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze and advise on events and discussions, representing UNODC at international fora as required.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, specifically as relates to wildlife, fisheries and forest crime/environmental crime and associated crimes such as corruption and money laundering. Has knowledge of the mandates of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has professional competence in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution. Demonstrates ability to provide effective specialized guidance in a broad range of development assistance issues and to resolve issues/problems with counterparts and cooperating institutions. Has ability to prepare reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. Has sound programme management skills including knowledge of relevant United Nations rules and regulations. 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 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 accounting, business administration, law, statistics, public administration, social sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A professional accountancy qualification is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the field of crime prevention and/or anti-corruption is required.
Experience in working on forensic accountancy, financial investigations, financial audits, financial compliance or related fields is required.
Experience in preventing and addressing environmental crimes is desirable.
Experience with national financial intelligence units or anti-corruption authorities is desirable.
Experience in project management and implementation in the United Nations or other international, regional or national organizations or non-governmental organizations is desirable.
Excellent command of word processing and spreadsheet packages and experience with intelligence/analytical software is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This temporary position is currently available for a period of six months. Actual filling of these positions and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may 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.

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 as 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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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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