Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Officer (Cybercrime and Anti Money-Laundering/Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)) - Temporary, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 17 September 2020 - 23 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-141468-J-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 Global Programme on Cybercrime of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Global Programme Against Money-Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML), and the overall supervision of the Chief of CMLS. The incumbent will undertake missions globally as required.

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The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Contribute to the formulation, development, implementation, coordination, backstopping and evaluation of cybercrime, money-laundering, financing of terrorism, countering proliferation financing and illicit financial flows projects and activities.

• Develop research papers and studies on cryptocurrencies, cybercrime, money-laundering, financing of terrorism, countering proliferation financing and illicit financial flows.

• Draft and disseminate reports, briefing notes, speeches, publications and studies related to cybercrime, AML/CFT, countering proliferation financing and illicit financial flows, as applicable.

• Contribute to fund-raising activities by reviewing, drafting and compiling documents, participating in meetings, identifying sponsors, proposing alternative source of funding.

• Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support and data collection on cybercrime, AML/CFT, countering proliferation financing and illicit financial flows, as applicable.

• Contribute to the preparation and review of a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, legal documents and instruments, technical publications, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.

• Liaise with counterparts within UNODC, both in Vienna and in the field and assist in building strategic partnerships; foster collaboration with relevant stakeholders in other parts of the United Nations, government officials, representatives of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, business partners, to obtain and exchange relevant information.

• Provide administrative and substantive support and servicing to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies by proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background document and presentations, handling logistics etc.

• Participate and assist in the development, organization, coordination and preparation of workshops, seminars, training courses and special events; participate in and make presentations on assigned topics/activities.

• Contribute to the formulation and preparation of the programme of work, work plans, public information and resource mobilization activities as well as the programme budget of the global programme.

• As required, guide, orient support staff members, project personnel, interns and Associate Experts in their work.

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has demonstrated knowledge of the relevant aspects of cybercrime, money laundering, combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT), and proliferation financing, as well as the relevant international instruments and mandates of the UN and UNODC, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations. Has knowledge in fostering national, regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s cybercrime, AML/CFT/proliferation finance and financial regime, as well as its law enforcement measures to combat illicit financial flows. Has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. 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. Demonstrates a high level of initiative and the ability to be proactive in seeking to develop new areas of work within identified objectives and strategies.

• 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 the field of law is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
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 relevant professional experience related to countering cybercrime, money laundering, the financing of terrorism and/or the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is required.
Previous experience in programme management and drafting policy advice within an international organisation is required.
Experience related to capacity building on countering illicit financial flows related to organized crime and virtual assets for legal, finance or law enforcement professionals is desirable.
Experience of the development of e-learning resources 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 post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for a period of 6 months. 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.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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