Job Opening

Posting Title: Law Enforcement Expert (Training), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: OTHER
Posting Period: 01 February 2021 - 16 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-148610-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 are located in the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP), Implementation Support Section (ISS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) based at Headquarters Vienna, with various duty stations under the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), Regional Office for Europe, West & Central Asia (RSEWCA), Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), Country Office in Afghanistan (COAFG) and/or Country Office in Pakistan (COPAK) respectively. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the respective Country or Regional Representative and the overall substantive guidance of the Senior Programme Coordinator of the Container Control Programme (CCP) (GLOG80). The focus of the UNODC Container Control Programme is to assist law enforcement agencies to identify and inspect high-risk containers.

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The incumbent will undertake the following specific tasks:
•Develop training curricula to profile and select high-risk containers in the containerized trade supply chain, for use by officials selected by their national Governments to form the inter-agency container profiling units. Develop new syllabus material, plan, organize, coordinate and deliver training courses;
•Assess current and previous training activities in the risk-based approach to the selection of containers for physical examinations; Establish a plan for the implementation of improved measures; Initiate, coordinate and contribute to the development of a new training syllabus to support and sustain the programme goals and outputs;
•Organize, conduct and implement training courses, seminars, working groups, and workshops, including but not limited to training in the use of specialised databases, information gathering from open sources on the internet and the analysis and dissemination of operational intelligence, in coordination with the UNODC programme partner the World Customs Organization (WCO). Participate as an expert, trainer and resource person and deliver presentations as required;
•Coordinate and oversee the implementation of project training plans; Validate the supply of equipment and monitor their use; Prepare, as required, jointly, with project staff, all necessary project progress reports and project segment implementation delivery rate reports;
•Support and promote the expansion of the projects to new countries and help secure Government agreements; Identify partners to join the Container Control Programme or other UNODC projects;
•Undertake general and administrative arrangements, including preparing funding requests, and liaising with national authorities and international organizations; Undertake fundraising activities and identify private sector sponsors, and follow-up on outreach or correspondence with potential contributors;
•Promote UNODC’s menu of services and portfolio growth under all mandate areas.
•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of law enforcement, particularly in the area of border management, international trade and commerce and the illicit use of sea containers for trafficking purposes. Is able to familiarize him/herself with UN policies, rules, regulations, administrative and programmatic procedures and follow and apply them. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and to mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Is able to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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: Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks and perform well within short time frames. 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.
•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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement is required. A first-level university degree OR equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience in risk-based working methodology (targeting/profiling) with a focus on law enforcement, border management, organized crime and drug trafficking in the containerized trade supply chain is required.
Experience in delivering training with practical experience in both classroom and on-site related risk-based working methodology and the use of targeting/profiling techniques and risk indicators applied to the selection of containers is required.
Experience in the development of training material is desirable.
Experience with the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable.
Work experience in the relevant region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Depending on the duty station, fluency in Arabic, French, Russian or Spanish might be required. Knowledge of another United Nations official 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 various duty stations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Law Enforcement Expert roster (job code 7621 DRU). Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for similar job openings. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

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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