Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) - Temporary, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: ABU DHABI
Posting Period: 24 February 2021 - 02 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-150613-J-Abu Dhabi (X)
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 at the Office for Gulf Cooperation Council Region (OGCCR) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Under the direct supervision of the UNODC Representative for the Gulf Cooperation Council Region and the substantive guidance of the Chief, Implementation Support Section III (ISS III), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), the Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) will work in close coordination with TPB/ISS III Section Chief (or Officer in Charge).

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The focus of this position is to provide substantive expertise for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNODC technical assistance programme in strengthening the legal regime against terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council Region. The incumbent will also be working on planning, coordinating, leading and/or providing substantive technical assistance, expertise and advice, including capacity building and training, in connection with the ‘Strategic Partnership with the GCC Countries’ and related programme framework. Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) will be responsible for the following duties:

•Provide substantive expertise in criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention, especially with respect to the legislative, judiciary, rule of law and other crime prevention and criminal justice dimensions and related international cooperation.
•Serve as focal point/liaison officer for specialized terrorism and crime prevention programmes/projects, in particular, under the project entitled “Establishment of the UNODC Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council Region (OGCCR)” (AREU51), in full compliance with the overall substantive and operational guidance provided by UNODC.
•Plan and implement substantive and organizational activities for the implementation of technical assistance activities within the framework of the global project “Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism”, provide technical inputs to the implementation of law enforcement related projects in connection with the ‘Strategic Partnership with the GCC Countries’ and related programme framework.
•Identify, conceptualize, propose, design and carry-out substantive legal and other assistance to enable the strengthening of the legal regime against terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council Region, under the guidance of the Chief of ISS III, TPB. Prepare and conduct related technical briefings.
•Coordinate and supervise related services of external experts as required.
•Prepare for, and service, regional seminars and conferences, technical meetings and trainings aimed at enhancing regional cooperation related to strengthening the legal regime against terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council Region.
•Contribute to technical documents related to the prevention and suppression of terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council Region.
•Provide advice for the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes related to terrorism prevention in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council Region; identify gaps in national legislation and support authorities in taking national measures for the ratification and implementation of the international instruments.
•Undertake consultations with officials of governments and international organizations and funding institutions; participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide substantive expertise on specific issues; maintain and where appropriate enhance, established institutional links, with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council Region.
•Provide inputs for policy and programming for the planning and implementation of the mandated tasks of the Branch in the Middle East and North Africa, including formulating related recommendations for consideration by senior managers.
•Contribute to, and develop project proposals, in compliance with UNODC standards and formats, in support of ongoing relevant terrorism prevention projects and efforts in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council Region.
•Contribute to mobilizing policy and funding support for UNODC’s terrorism prevention programme of work for the Middle East and North Africa region, with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council Region, as appropriate, including extra-budgetary voluntary contributions.
•Provide guidance to human and contribute to the management of financial resources allocated to the area of work by carrying-out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results in the area of terrorism prevention, including preparation of inputs for budget programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management.
•Perform other duties, as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches, policies and practices in terrorism prevention, crime prevention and criminal justice reform. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and of the major initiatives of the international community in terrorism prevention. Has sound analytical skills and ability to identify problems and contribute to problem-solving. Has practical experience in programme/project management and administration. 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.

•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.

• 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 international law or criminal law, political science or international relations 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. Specialization in legal and related aspects of terrorism prevention and their international dimensions is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice matters with a focus on terrorism, rule of law or closely related issues is required.
Work experience in technical assistance activities, including project management, is required.
Experience in the provision of policy advice and development and management of programmes in the field of countering terrorism is desirable.
Working experience with national legislation is desirable.
Working experience in the Middle East and North Africa desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Arabic is 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 position is temporarily available for a period of five 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.

• 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.

• Abu Dhabi is classified in the A 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.

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.

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