Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Firearms Control Expert), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 07 April 2021 - 06 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-151564-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 in the Implementation Support Section (ISS) of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, heading the Global Firearms Programme (GFP).

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Under the supervision of the Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer coordinating the GFP, and in collaboration with staff in Vienna and in the field, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Firearms Control Expert) will provide input and support to the overall work of the Programme and its activities aimed at promoting the ratification and implementation of the Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components, and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol) supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (Organized Crime Convention). The incumbent will support the Knowledge, Innovation and Analysis Pillar of the Programme, and provide support to the development of specialized tools and initiatives aimed at enhancing the knowledge and understanding on the issue of firearms trafficking and the monitoring of trafficking flows, its emerging trends and threats, and international responses to counter this phenomenon; support the development of specialized software and training tools, coordinate the preparation of analytical and substantive reports, Issue Papers and studies on illicit firearms trafficking, and provide, where appropriate, support to related capacity building activities. The information collected and provided through the reports will assist the international community in identifying and responding to illicit trafficking in firearms and related crimes and inform evidence-based policy development and technical assistance.

The incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

•Review, monitor and analyze social, economic and political developments and trends related to illicit firearms trafficking flows and its impact on peace, security and development at the national, regional and/or global levels, on an ongoing basis.
•Participate in the formulation, development, coordination, management and implementation of assigned technical assistance activities and projects under GFP, including the development of knowledge management products such as research, data collection tools, related outputs and publications and firearms related knowledge management databases.
•Contribute to the periodic research and analysis on trends, routes and patterns used in illicit arms trafficking, using standard social science research tools and practices, and prepare, assign and coordinate the preparation of various legal and technical research outputs; sup-port GFP research efforts, including thematic and regional components, and contribute to the overall implementation of the GFP project activities related to the collection and analysis of firearms data.
•Assist in supporting and advising Member States in their effort to generate, collect and submit data and information to UNODC aimed at monitoring illicit arms flows, and sup-port related information exchange and cooperation.
•Support national, regional and global data collection efforts and analysis on illicit trafficking in firearms and related areas, with a view to strengthening national capacities and sup-port the implementation and monitoring of Target 16.4 of the 2030 Development Agenda; liaise and cooperate, as appropriate, with the Research and Trends Analysis Branch, to support UNODC’s data collection efforts and analysis work.
•Coordinate and oversee, in particular, the development of regional reports, studies and threat assessments on illicit firearms trafficking such as in the Western Balkans, and as re-quired, other target countries and sub-regions; prepare and edit draft texts, graphs and maps, and prepare final outputs.
•Coordinate the development of a series of specialized Issue Papers aimed at addressing the links between firearms trafficking and other crimes and explore adequate response strategies, such as but not limited to the links to terrorism, money laundering and illicit financial flows, corruption, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, environmental crimes, drugs trafficking inter alia.
•Guide and supervise the work of consultants and identify qualified external experts for peer-review.
•Liaise and coordinate with other relevant research programmes on firearms trafficking and develop and maintain partnerships with governmental, international and other institutions, including with other UN programmes and departments.
•Support the development, in cooperation with UNODC ITS, of specialised software solutions, tools and templates aimed at enhancing national capacities to generate, collect and analyse firearms data and information, including a comprehensive firearms registry, a password protected webpage application and specialised databases on illicit firearms, and support with its deployment in target countries.
•Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, including background and working papers, technical reports and studies, briefings and presentations, as well as research-based reports to governing and technical bodies; Contribute to the preparation of thematic re-search studies and reports, including substantive background documentation for governing bodies, such as the Working Group on Firearms, on illicit trafficking in firearms by either drafting parts of the studies or by reviewing drafts of others based on their relevance and quality.
•Organize and implement a variety of programme activities aimed at enhancing the institutional knowledge and understanding of the Governments, civil society and UN agencies of the nature and extent of UNODC mandates and at improving national, governmental and inter-governmental drug control, crime and terrorism prevention policies, strategies, plans and cooperation.
•Provide backstopping and guidance on technical, substantive and administrative issues within the assigned technical assistance activities, programmes and projects.
•Assist in the organization and/or delivery of a variety of specialized technical services for governments, e.g. expert group meetings, workshops, training seminars etc., in order to assist them in the ratification and/or implementation of the Firearms Protocol; backstop mentors and regional advisers.
•Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge of the policies and practices on international drug con-trol and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches par-ticularly relevant to crime prevention and combating transnational organized crime. Has proven knowledge of the areas on the prevention and combat of illicit firearms trafficking and its links to transnational organized crime, terrorism and related forms of crime, dis-armament and related fields. Is aware of cross-cutting themes such as human rights, peace and development, gender inter alia. Is able to research and analyse data. Is familiar with the use of qualitative and quantitative evidence, and is able to draw conclusions based on available evidence and assess policy implications of research findings. Has knowledge and understanding of substantive aspects of preventing and combating transnational organized crime and the existing international legal regime on, in particular, the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its supplementary Protocol against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition. Has knowledge of other relevant global and regional instruments, inter-national standards, guidelines and best practices in firearms control. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Is able to apply judgment in the context of the 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 partici-pation 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 for-mat 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 ap-propriate 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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, political or social science or related disciplines 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience, of which at least three at the international level, in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, social or political affairs, crime and firearms related research, international relations with a focus on crime prevention, peace and security, is required.
Experience in the design and delivery of technical assistance and/or policy development, particularly in areas related to the criminal justice response to firearms trafficking, firearms control and/or disarmament matters is required.
Experience in conducting research and drafting policy and analytical documents on issues related to illicit firearms, crime, peace and security is desirable.
Experience in project or programme management and administration is desirable.
Experience in research and drafting reports, studies and analytical papers on organised crime is desirable.
Relevant field experience in a developing country is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (written and oral proficiency) is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This position is financed from project funds. 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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