Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Section, P5
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 22 February 2021 - 21 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Social Affairs-UNODC-150192-R-Vienna (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Crime Research Section (CRS), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), UNODC, Vienna, Austria. The Chief of the Crime Research Section reports to the Chief of Branch.

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Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Crime Research Section will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Provide guidance to the Chief of Branch on trends and developments in crime and criminal justice, as well as on conceptual strategy development and management of overall strategies.
• Lead the development of a crime research agenda; oversee the development of and/or conceptualize, formulate and manage major projects/studies related to crime and criminal justice issues; analyze key trends and changes at global, regional or national levels with a view to produce strategic analyses to support evidence-based policy making.
• Plan, carry out and oversee the management of research and analysis programmes, projects and activities undertaken by the Section, particularly on relevant issues covered by the UN Transnational Organized Crime Convention and its Protocols and the UN Convention against Corruption as well as on emerging themes in crime and criminal justice; provide programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others.
• Provide authoritative technical and policy guidance on matters related to crime and criminal justice research to UNODC senior management, including the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures.
• Supervise the preparation and production of the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, the Global Report on Smuggling of Migrants, the World Wildlife Crime Report and the Global Study on Homicide as well as global and regional reports and research briefs on particular aspects of crime and criminal justice.
• Ensure that the research undertaken, and outputs produced, by the Section maintain high-quality research standards; that research activities, findings and reports are relevant, objective, methodologically sound, transparent and balanced. Ensure that all outputs produced under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
• Contribute to effective partnership with the Data Development and Dissemination Unit (DDDU)/RAB, on data-related activities and the Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU)/RAB, on programme management activities to ensure that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely and coordinated fashion.
• Provide substantive input in the preparation of position papers, reports and other documentation for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the General Assembly and other relevant councils, commissions, technical meetings and expert groups.
• Prepare inputs for the work programme of the Branch, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
• Represent the Organization at international and regional meetings and inter-agency activities.
• Supervise and manage the Section’s work programme as well as required resources.
• Manage, guide, develop, motivate and train staff under his/her supervision. Recruit staff for the Section taking due account to geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
• Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries.
• Mobilize resources on as wide a basis as possible and in accordance with UN practices, principles and guidelines.
• Perform other work-related duties, as assigned.


•Professionalism: Is able to produce complex crime research outputs, supervise crime research projects, provide technical advice in the field of research and on the use of qualitative and quantitative analysis, and ensure that the produced research provide policy-relevant information. Has knowledge of research quality standards to be implemented by international organizations. Is able to manage the analysis of large statistical and other data sets and report and disseminate the results of the analysis. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of research methodology related to illicit drugs and crime or social areas; 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.
•Planning& 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.

Managerial Competencies
•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
•Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in sociology, criminology, economics, international relations, law, other social science 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 ten years of progressively responsible professional experience, with at least four years at the international level, in areas related to quantitative and qualitative research on crime and criminal justice is required.
Experience in programme/project management as well as management, coordination and supervision of staff and work teams is required.
Experience with the preparation of national, regional or international research publications is desirable.
Experience with advocacy and fundraising for research 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 another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This is a regular budget 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 funds.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) or geographical requirements as set out in ST/AI/2016/1 to be eligible to apply for this job opening. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

Vienna is classified as a H and 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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