Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) - 2 positions, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 21 June 2021 - 20 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-UNODC-156897-R-Vienna (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The positions are located in the Implementation Support Section III (Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA), Gulf, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of Section and will contribute to the implementation of the UN Counter-Terrorist (CT) Travel Programme on ‘Building capacity of Member States to prevent, detect and investigate terrorist offences and related Travel by using Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) data’.

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Within limits of assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for undertaking the following specific duties/tasks:

•Conduct legal analysis and review of national legislation related to the collection, transmission, use, retention and sharing of passenger data for counter-terrorism and serious crimes purposes, in accordance with relevant international standards and obligations, human rights principles and standards.

•Identify legal gaps and provide assistance in the formulation and drafting of laws and regulations, necessary to comply with international standards.

•Carry out in-depth legal research and analysis to prepare guidelines, legal reports and working documents addressing pertinent legal and human rights issues including data protection and privacy concerns, as well as maritime issues relating to API/PNR.

•Provide specialized legal advice and support and technical input on complex legal issues concerning to API and PNR.

•Assist in the conceptualization, planning, organization and implementation of regional and national legislative workshops and consultations.

•Contribute, as requested, to technical assistance to Member States and undertake related technical assistance missions.

•Participate in and conduct consultations and liaise with officials from beneficiary countries, international organizations and other institutions; participate in relevant international, regional or national meetings and provide substantive expertise on specific legal issues, focus on API-PNR, as requested.

•Contribute to the development and implementation of relevant technical assistance projects with UN entities and other international organizations.

•Contribute to the preparation/drafting of implementation reports, technical briefings, background papers, briefing notes, speeches related to the prevention of terrorism and API-PNR, data protection and privacy.

•Carry out other work-related tasks as assigned.


Professionalism: Has demonstrated professional competence and expertise in the legal and criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention and closely related crime prevention and criminal justice issues, especially with respect to the legislative, judiciary, rule of law, international cooperation aspects. Has strong skills in developing and implementing legal technical assistance concerning terrorism prevention at the national, regional and international levels. Has knowledge of API-PNR legal requirements and standards. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and in particular in terrorism prevention. Has sound analytical skills and ability to identify problems and contribute to problem-solving. Is able to achieve highest quality outputs, timeliness, conscientiousness, attention to detail and ability to bring matters to closure. 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 & 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.

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 law is required. Specialization in data privacy/protection, criminal law, counter-terrorism and human rights is desirable. A first-level university degree 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 and directly relevant professional experience in legal and criminal justice matters is required.
Legal drafting experience is required.
Experience in terrorism prevention, civil aviation, API-PNR, or data protection/privacy is desirable.
Experience drafting API/PNR legislation or regulations is desirable.
Legal related experience working on human rights and data privacy/protection matters is desirable.
Work experience at both the national and international levels is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English with excellent drafting skills 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 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 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 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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