Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) - Temporary, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 09 June 2021 - 15 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-157099-J-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 I (ISS I), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention), ISS I/TPB/DTA. In terms of programmatic and operational support, the incumbent will work closely with the Chief, ISS I, who will act as second reporting officer.

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Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Terrorism Prevention) is responsible for the following specific tasks:

•Undertake legislative reviews related to Mutual Legal Assistance legislations with specific focus on provisions related to electronic evidence; substantially contribute to the elaboration of best practices for both obtaining and sharing admissible electronic evidence among States in the context of the prosecution and adjudication of terrorist cases.

•Revise and update the UNODC tools related to International Cooperation and Electronic Evidence.

•Organize a series of Expert Group Meetings related to the above.

•Administer and manage the UNODC SHERLOC Electronic Evidence Hub and all its related tools and functionalities, such as the Databases of Legislation and Case-Law, the Model Mutual Legal Assistance Resources and the Model Forms for Preservation of Electronic Data, Voluntary and Emergency Disclosure, as well as the Practical Guide for Requesting Electronic Evidence across Borders.

•Lead the design and implementation of high-quality communication and learning actions and strategies aimed at bringing, in a tailored-based manner, the resources, data and information hosted in the Hub, to a larger number of crime prevention and criminal justice practitioners world-wide. He/she will also support the emergence of an on-line knowledge sharing community of practitioners and professionals in the field of electronic evidence and international cooperation in criminal matters.

•Develop training briefs based on the UNODC Practical Guide on Electronic Evidence for technical assistance support to criminal justice training institutes.

•Organize and deliver directly related technical assistance activities.

•Promote outreach efforts within the UN system as well as with other international and regional organizations in the areas of International Cooperation, Electronic Evidence, Networks, Prosecution and Adjudication of terrorist cases.

•Prepare documentation to be used in fundraising meetings with donors.

•Carry out legal research to prepare guidelines, legal reports and working documents for parliaments on counter-terrorism related issues.

•Prepare and contribute to various written outputs, including project documents, reports, technical briefings, background papers, legal papers, speeches, talking points, presentations and other documents, as required.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has professional knowledge, competence and expertise in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies, in programme coordination and management support. Has knowledge and expertise in planning, coordinating and management support for technical assistance activities (especially: needs analysis, programme conceptualization and write-up; programme coordination, liaison and reporting; and budgetary and financial monitoring). Has knowledge of, and ability in applying legal principles and procedures in the area of counter-terrorism. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and in particular terrorism prevention. Has the ability to draft legal papers and is able to apply good legal judgement in the context of assignments given. Has sound analytical skills and is able to identify problems and to contribute to problem solving. Shows commitment to achieving 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. Specialization in international law is desirable.
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 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in legal and international affairs is required.
Experience in crime prevention with a focus on international cooperation and Mutual Legal Assistance, with specific focus on handling electronic evidence across borders is desirable.
Experience in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies, expert group meetings or working groups is desirable.
Work experience in leading the development and design of sharing platforms is required.
Proven experience in effectively maintaining, expanding and ensuring inter-operability of the Sherloc Knowledge Management Portal (specifically its databases on Legislation and Case- Law), the Directory of Competent National Authorities (including the secure communication platform) and other relevant tools is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN 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 until 31st December 2021. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration is subject to availability of the post and funding. 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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.

Vienna is classified as H and a 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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