Job Opening

Posting Title: CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE OFFICER (FIREARMS CONTROL EXPERT) - Temporary and part-time, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BRUSSELS
Posting Period: 15 July 2021 - 29 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-158074-J-Brussels (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 under the Global Firearms Programme (GFP) of the Implementation Support Section (ISS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and based in the UNODC’s Brussels’ Liaison Office (BRULO) in Belgium. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Coordinator of the Global Firearms Programme (GFP) based at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria and the overall guidance of the BRULO Representative.

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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 in particular provide support to the development of a comprehensive and result-based strategy for the Global Firearms Programme, with related Theory of Change intervention logic and programme development, ensuring due integration of cross cutting issues and up to now insufficiently covered topics. The incumbent will provide support to related strategic meetings and related capacity building activities, and to the drafting of a new strategy and programme document, as well as to related larger regional proposals. To this end the incumbent will also take into due account in particular the links to the EU Action Plan on Firearms Trafficking 2020-2025.

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 the Global Firearms Programme, particularly project proposals for submission to the European Union and its subsequent follow up with relevant counterparts within the EU.
•Participate in the coordination and oversight, in particular, of the development of a theory of change for the project, its accompanying logical framework and its inclusion in the new UMOJA solution “Integrated Planning, Management and Reporting” (IPMR). Contribute to the preparation of project revisions for submission to the Programme Review Committee (PRC) and ensure alignment with the corporate strategic vision.
•Contribute to the results-based management planning and monitoring efforts of the GFP, and ensure policy coherence between existing and upcoming EU funded projects (as well as projects being developed) and the EU Action Plan on Firearms Trafficking 2020-2025.
•Provide legal and substantive advice to management and staff on the overall strategic development of the Programme in response to external changes and changes within the UN system, and prepare background notes plus briefings on emerging issues including recommended courses of action.
•Plan, implement and oversee critical systems and processes related to results-based management including results-based reporting and use of established Management Information systems for programme planning, monitoring and reporting.
•Plan and organize team retreats and subsequent capacity building activities to develop and implement the new strategy.
•Support the development of larger regional project proposals for Africa and Latin America, building on the results and outcomes of previous and ongoing GFP work in these two regions, in particular under EU funded projects, and on the newly developed strategy and intervention logic, and support related fundraising efforts with potential partners in the European Union and outside.
•Liaise and coordinate with other programmes on firearms trafficking and develop and maintain partnerships with governmental, international and other institutions, including with other UN programmes and departments.
•Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs related to this task, 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 research 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; back-stop mentors and regional advisers.
•Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control 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 particularly 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, disarmament and related fields. Is aware of cross-cutting themes such as human rights, peace and development, gender inter alia. 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, international standards, guidelines and best practices in firearms control. Has knowledge and experience in the development, management and implementation of project activities in the field of fire-arms control; Has knowledge and experience in the funding practice and arrangements of major donors including the European Union; 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.

•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 strate-gies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allo-cates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as nec-essary; 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 in the field of firearms control, criminal justice, disarmament, international relations, social or political affairs, with an emphasis on crime, peace and security is required.
Proven practical experience in the design and delivery of technical assistance work and/or legislative and policy development in areas related to firearms control and/or closely related field, disarmament or closely related fields is required.
Three years from the minimum required years of experience spent at the international level is desirable.
Experience in strategic programme planning and related operational implementation as well as programme/project development and implementation, is desirable.
Experience in fundraising and in development and conclusion of funding agreements with multiple partners, in particular the European Union, 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 is required. Fluency of French or Spanish is also required. 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 temporary position is currently available for a period of six months on a part-time basis. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may 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.

Brussels is classified in the A category.

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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