Job Opening

Posting Title: Adviser (Anti-Corruption) - Temporary, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 23 September 2021 - 29 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-164537-J-Addis Ababa (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 Ethiopia (POETH) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the newly established regional anti-corruption hub. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Representative of Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) of UNODC, and will also report to the Chief, Implementation Support Section (ISS), Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of UNODC. The incumbent will receive substantive and policy guidance from UNODC headquarters, Vienna, Austria, in particular from the Chief, ISS and other senior staff of the Branch.

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The Anti-Corruption Programme is a technical assistance programme being offered by UNODC to provide capacity building assistance to Member States to effectively implement the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
A key focus of UNODC’s work in Africa is to fast-track the implementation of UNCAC. In doing so, UNODC has supported regional networks of anti-corruption authorities and has created regional platforms for the identification and prioritization of technical assistance needs, including States parties’ needs to address the gaps identified and recommendations issued under the UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism. Specifically, the newly established regional anti-corruption hub in Ethiopia will work in support of the monitoring mechanism of the anti-corruption work of the African Union as well as the UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism, drawing on the synergies between the two to effectively support African states in participating in and benefiting from the reviews and fully implementing the two instruments.
Within assigned authority and under substantive guidance of ISS/CEB/DTA, UNODC Headquarters Vienna, the Adviser (Anti-Corruption) is primarily responsible for overseeing and conducting the implementation of anti-corruption technical assistance programmes and activities (including policy advice, technical expertise and practical day-to-day support to anti-corruption bodies) in the newly established regional anti-corruption hub. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Supports UNODC actions in promoting the cooperation on anti-corruption with the African Union, in line with the UNODC Strategic Vision for Africa 2030.
• In coordination with the relevant field offices and in accordance with UNODC's overall strategy and as an integral element of the UNODC Regional Programmes, provide expert advice and input to the development and implementation of a technical assistance programme in anti-corruption at the national level in Ethiopia, and possibly regional level including other countries in the East Africa region as required.
• Contribute to resource mobilization for the anti-corruption programme by establishing and maintaining close liaison with donor countries and other partners in coordination with DTA/CEB, POETH and other relevant field offices.
• Provide advice and assistance, where necessary and required, in enhancing and upgrading the relevant legislation and other legal instruments in conformity with UNCAC. Support the strengthening and capacity building of the national anti-corruption agency, including the development of its mandate, structure and operational practices. Provide advisory services and technical expertise to specialized anti-corruption bodies and units on preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting cases of corruption and related offences.
• Support fast-tracking UNCAC implementation across the continent through the anti-corruption hub and together with the existing sub-regional platforms and assist States parties to participate in the implementation review mechanism of UNCAC.
• Conduct and/or follow-up on anti-corruption technical assistance needs assessments. Provide technical guidance and expertise to national counterparts and other UNODC field offices, as appropriate and required.
• Liaise and share information regularly with partner organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on programme activities. Prepare regular progress reports on the development of his/her work, as may be requested by the funding partner(s), national counterparts or UNODC.
• Foster contacts and, where appropriate, co-operation and partnerships with other bodies and institutions at national, regional and international levels tasked with the prevention of and fight against corruption. Work with government counterparts to strengthen capacity to deal with proceeds of corruption and crime, mutual legal assistance and asset recovery, in particular with relevant government agencies, but also with the legislative assemblies and the private sector, as appropriate.
• Assist in designing and further upgrading and developing the national anti-corruption strategy and anti-corruption campaigns in collaboration with civil society, media, business sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Develop targeted anti-corruption training courses based on needs analysis, especially for key personnel in the area of prevention, criminalization, enforcement and asset recovery.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the particular sector and functional area with a focus on economic crime and corruption related issues. Has good knowledge of legislative aspects of preventing and combating corruption, including their international dimensions. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and contribute to the resolution of problems/issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular substantive knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Has ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given and ability to provide effective specialized advice. 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 law, criminal justice, international relations, economics, political and social sciences, or a related discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of professional experience in anti-corruption is required.
Experience working within or providing advisory services to anti-corruption bodies, or in investigating and prosecuting corruption cases in anti-corruption agency, law enforcement, prosecution service or the judiciary, or in working as technical adviser on anti-corruption in international organizations or a non-governmental organization is required.
Experience with mutual legal assistance, proceeds of crime and/or asset recovery legislation and casework is desirable.
Experience in designing national anti-corruption policies, strategies and public campaigns is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for 364 days. 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 from 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.

Addis Ababa is classified in the B 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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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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