Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Drug Treatment and Criminal Justice Adviser), P4
Job Code Title: DRUG CONTROL AND CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 01 February 2021 - 02 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-148621-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 within the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section.

For more information on UNODC, please visit the following website: www.unodc.org

Responsibilities

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

•Provide support and advisory services to requesting Governments for the formulation and implementation of effective strategies for the provision of treatment of drug use disorders, including especially treatment of drug use disorders in the context of the criminal justice system (e.g. as an alternative to conviction or punishment or in prison settings);
•Promote integrated programme development at the interface of the health and justice area with a specific focus on treatment of drug use disorders, focusing especially on people with drug use disorders in contact with the criminal justice system and therefore including treatment as an alternative to conviction or punishment or within prison settings within UNODC’s mandate, in cooperation with UNODC field offices and relevant substantive sections;
•Provide substantive assistance and expert advice to Member States in the drafting of regulations and legislation in the area of treatment of drug use disorders with a specific emphasis on services for people with drug use disorders in contact with the criminal justice system, in line with international conventions, rules and regulations;
•Identify, prepare and contribute to the development of ideas, proposals, conduct training and prepare documents on treatment as an alternative to conviction or punishment for people with drug use disorders in contact with the criminal justice system, in collaboration with UNODC field offices and headquarters;
•Provide substantive support to in-house processes to ensure a coherent and integrated technical cooperation approach in the specific assigned area, in close collaboration with UNODC field offices;
•Liaise with relevant Member States representatives on the development of regional and national programmes with a view to treatment of drug use disorders and related mental health disorders in prison settings;
•Contribute to the effective mobilization of resources for regional and national programmes that involve components of treatment in the context of the criminal justice system;
•Seek appropriate partnerships with other organizations of the United Nations System in the development of regional and national programmes and related activities to advance the development of treatment of drug use disorders;
•Draft and prepare policy and programmatic documents in the field of treatment of drug use disorders and especially treatment of drug use disorders for people in contact with the criminal justice system;
•Carry out programmatic tasks as may be requested, including the preparation of budgets, assignment and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on programme performance and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;
•Organize and participate in meetings, workshops, study tours and seminars for officials in relation to the assigned and specific mandate areas;
•Contribute to the collection of data and information to facilitate global trends analysis relating to the assigned and specific mandates;
•Provide policy advice to intergovernmental bodies on treatment of drug use disorders for people in contact with the criminal justice system, especially on their technical cooperation dimensions;
•Perform other work-related duties as required

Competencies

•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug dependence treatment and care and particularly knowledge of the treatment of drug use disorders in the context of the criminal justice system. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention as well as the mandates of UNODC. Has ability to identify issues, analyse, evaluate and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Possesses conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, 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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public health, psychology, medicine, social sciences or 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the area of drug control and crime prevention including drug dependence treatment related issues is required.
Work experience in technical assistance projects and/or programme/project management and implementation is required.
Experience working with the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.
Experience working on the interface between the health and the justice system is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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 in the H category (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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