Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Asset Recovery), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: WASHINGTON
Posting Period: 28 January 2021 - 26 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-148554-R-Washington (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Conference Support Section (CSS) of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work within the Joint Secretariat of UNODC/World Bank Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), based in the World Bank premises, in Washington, USA. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section and under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Branch.

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The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:
•Provide substantive input to the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of UNODC-led activities within the StAR Initiative, aimed at assisting the Member States, as well as other interested parties in the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially its provisions on international cooperation and asset recovery;
•Contribute to day to day operation of the StAR Secretariat and, including, preparations for the StAR Management Committee meetings, strategic planning, and interaction with developments partners and donors;
•Conceptualise and coordinate the planning and delivery of a variety of specialized technical services for governments, e.g. expert advisory services, expert group meetings, training seminars, etc., in order to assist them in the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially its provisions on international cooperation and asset recovery;
•Contribute to the implementation of StAR country engagements and provide specialised legal advice to Government officials on national legal systems and implementation structures, identify, evaluate and recommend required corrective measures and improvements, including for international coordination; capacity building and specialized training of senior officials, in particular in the areas of international cooperation and asset recovery;
•Lead large, complex field and technical missions to assess the needs and elaborate assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions and UN agencies; Review the appraisals/assessments of the draft programme and project ideas and proposals for technical assistance;
•Contribute to the identification of emerging trends, policy and programme challenges, opportunities and the formulation of strategies for addressing them; develop and propose strategies for the delivery of appropriate technical assistance; provide input to policy and strategy documents; identify and elaborate programme interventions for providing relevant legal advisory services to countries and for intergovernmental forums;
•Contribute to the review, appraisal and promotion of best practices and programmes in connection with international cooperation and asset recovery;
•Coordinate the preparation of specialized technical documents and publications; guide, evaluate and review specialized substantive input of senior and other experts;
•Contribute to the efforts aimed at enhancing the institutional knowledge and understanding by Governments, as well as other UN agencies of the nature and extent of the existing and emerging issues and challenges in relation to asset recovery and international cooperation; Promote the profile and advocate the use of UNODC advisory services and mobilize policy and political level support among recipient countries;
•Provide specialized policy, strategy, programme and legal advice and technical input to CEB and StAR Joint Secretariat senior management on the complex legal and substantive issues related to the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially its provisions on international cooperation and asset recovery;
•Participate in and lead specialized aspects of policy consultations with Government representatives and high-level officials from other UN system entities, international and regional intergovernmental organizations, etc.;
•Participate in international, regional and/or national meetings; participate in high level intergovernmental and inter-organizational consultations and high profile and specialized technical meetings; provide expert advice for major external events and activities; present the work of the StAR initiative in various forums; liaise with relevant international organizations;
•Provide substantive, strategic and programmatic guidance and advice to experts, consultants and contractors in delivering assistance to countries on the legal and other related aspects of implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially its provisions on international cooperation and asset recovery;
•Contribute regularly to reports to the Conference of the States Parties to UNCAC and its subsidiary bodies on progress in the implementation of the StAR initiative;
•May perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to international cooperation in criminal matters and asset recovery and functional area with a focus on corruption related issues. Has expert knowledge of legislative aspects of preventing and combating corruption, including their international dimensions. Has knowledge of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular substantive knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, as well as of the existing regional and sectoral anti-corruption instruments. Demonstrates ability to identify key strategic issues, analyze and contribute to the resolution of complex problems/issues. Has strong conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given and to provide effective specialized expert advice. Has excellent coordination and communication skills. 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.
•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.
•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law preferably with a specialization in international law and criminal law 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 seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience, including five years at the international level, in crime prevention, criminal justice, anti-corruption, international cooperation and asset recovery, including in related advisory functions is required.
Experience with the operational modalities of international, regional and sub-regional cooperation in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, including in the area of corruption and asset recovery is required.
Experience with national legislative reform, anti-corruption legislation and international cooperation, including extradition, mutual legal assistance and asset recovery is required.
Experience in managing intergovernmental processes and in servicing intergovernmental bodies and/or work of treaty implementation review bodies is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills is required.
Knowledge of French, Spanish and/or other United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese and Russian) 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 is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Washington is classified as a 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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