Job Opening

Posting Title: Law Enforcement Officer (Training), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 27 August 2021 - 25 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-161956-R-Beirut (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 Programme Office in Lebanon (POLBN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Beirut, operating under the Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) located in Cairo, Egypt. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, Container Control Programme (CCP) in Lebanon (POLBN) and the overall supervision of the Representative, ROMENA, as well as under the overall guidance of the Senior Law Enforcement Expert, Drug Control and Crime Prevention leading the CCP in 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). The focus of the UNODC Container Control Programme is to assist law enforcement agencies to identify and inspect high-risk containers.

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The incumbent will undertake the following specific tasks:
•Contribute to the development, adaptation and refinement of CCP Sea training curricula in Arabic and English to profile and select high-risk containers in the containerized trade supply chain, for use by officials selected by their national Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including but not limited to Iraq, Libya and Yemen, to form the inter-agency container profiling units; Develop new syllabus material, plan, organize, coordinate and deliver training courses;
•Assess current and previous CCP Sea training activities in MENA, including but not limited to Iraq, Libya and Yemen, in the risk-based approach to selection of containers for physical examinations; Establish plans for implementation of improved measures; Participate in initiating, coordinating and contributing to the development of new training syllabus to support and sustain the programme goals and outputs;
•Organize, coordinate, conduct and implement in Arabic and English CCP Sea training courses, seminars, working groups, and workshops, including travel and face-to-face training in Iraq, Libya and Yemen, and including but not limited to training in the use of specialised databases, information gathering from open sources on the internet and the analysis and dissemination of operational intelligence, in MENA in coordination with the UNODC programme partner, the World Customs Organization; Participate as a trainer and resource person and deliver presentations as required;
•Participate in coordinating the implementation of project training plans; Validate the supply of equipment and monitor their use; Prepare as directed, jointly with project staff, all necessary project progress reports and project segment implementation delivery rate reports;
•Support and promote the expansion of the projects to new countries and help secure Government agreement, including in French speaking countries in MENA; Provide support in identifying partners to join the Container Control Programme or to other related UNODC projects;
•Undertake general and administrative arrangements, including preparing funding requests, and liaising with national authorities and international organizations; Support fundraising activities and identify private sector sponsors, and follow-up on outreach or correspondence with potential contributors;
•Promote UNODC’s menu of services and portfolio growth under all mandate areas;
•Perform other work related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of law enforcement, particularly in the area of border management, international trade and commerce and the illicit use of sea containers for trafficking purposes. Has knowledge of maritime or container ports where profiling techniques are used to select containers for physical examinations. Has knowledge of risk analysis applied to the selection of containers and / or inspection at seaports, airports or land borders. Is able to familiarize him/herself with UN policies, rules and regulations, administrative and programmatic procedures and follow and apply them. Has good analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide guidance in the substantive area and to mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Is able to 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 participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and 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 criminology, political science, public administration, international relations, security studies, economics, accounting, finance or other relevant 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 relevant progressively responsible professional work experience in law enforcement, border management, organized crime and drug trafficking related to the containerized trade supply chain is required.
Experience in risk-based working methodology (targeting/profiling) related to sea cargo is required.
Experience in delivering training in relevant areas with practical experience in both classroom and on-site is required.
Experience in working with capacity building programmes in the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.
Work experience in the Middle Eastern and Northern African region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. 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 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

Beirut 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.

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