Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Anti-Corruption), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 07 January 2022 - 05 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-168371-R-Vienna (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Conference Support Section (CSS) of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (Global Operational Network of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities (GlobE) Coordinator) and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Section.

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UNODC serves as the Secretariat of the Conference of the States parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), including its Implementation Review Mechanism. The Anti-Corruption Global Programme is a technical assistance programme being offered by UNODC to provide capacity-building assistance to Member States to effectively implement the UNCAC. Within the framework of the Global Programme, UNODC has set up a Global Operational Network of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities, the GlobE Network (“the Network”) to facilitate informal cooperation among anti-corruption entities. The incumbent will provide substantive support to the Network. The Network, officially launched on 3 June 2021, aims to provide a quick, agile and efficient tool for facilitating transnational cooperation in combating corruption, and to strengthen communication exchange and peer learning between independent anti-corruption law enforcement authorities, while complementing and coordinating with relevant international cooperation platforms. The Network will build and enhance direct contact between anti-corruption law enforcement authorities, through the following three components: 1) Vienna-based Global Network of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities; 2) Online one-stop hub (OSH) for the Network; and 3) Knowledge and capacity development for the Network.

Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Anti-Corruption) will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Provide advice and support to the development of the Network.
• Contribute to the effective functioning of the Network, including designing, conducting and providing substantive backstopping to meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences in relation to the Global Network.
• Facilitate contact between Network member authority focal points with other Authorities, also whilst the Network’s Secure Communications Platform (SCP) is still being developed, and provide technical support to the OSH.
• Identify needs, gaps, challenges, including through UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism, of anti-corruption agencies and law enforcement authorities regarding their cooperation on corruption-related cases.
• Provide support to the development of policy papers, guidebooks, and fact-based analysis, as well as, knowledge products tailored to the needs of the Network, and contribute to the content of an online one-stop hub for sharing knowledge and information.
• Provide advice and input to the development and implementation of technical assistance, follow up on the UNCAC implementation reviews and programmes or activities under the Network.
• Foster contacts, co-operation and partnerships with government counterparts, other international organizations/entities tasked with promoting international anti-corruption cooperation, as well as other stakeholders. Support liaison and exchange of experiences with other similar networks.
• Provide advisory services and technical expertise, where necessary and required to anti-corruption law enforcement authorities, on preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting cases of corruption and related offences and international cooperation.
• Oversee programmatic and administrative tasks necessary in support of the Network, including tracking and measuring performance outputs and indicators, policy and operational objectives, drafting project progress reports, and ensuring preparation of related documents in a timely and efficient manner.
• Support the development and dissemination of promotional materials, and promote and disseminate information about the Network to the media, the donor, civil society and relevant governmental officials (such as, media advisories, press releases, background notes, fact sheets and other publications).
• Contribute to the effective mobilization of resources, including by liaising with current and potential donors; participate in donor meetings and fund-raising activities.
• Prepare briefing notes and presentations for the management level of UNODC, donors and others, as required.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the area of economic crime and corruption. Has good knowledge of the legislative and practical aspects of preventing and combating corruption, including their international dimensions. Has knowledge of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its provisions on international cooperation. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has very good research and analytical skills. Is able to analyze expeditiously extensive substantive legal documentation and prepare comprehensive drafts/reports, summaries and policy briefs. Is able to provide legal advisory services, as well as programme planning and implementation related assistance. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, 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.

• 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.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in law (preferably with a specialization in international law and criminal law), international relations, business administration, management, or a related field is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in similar fields in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice or any other related area is required.

Professional work experience with a focus on countering corruption and economic crime, is desirable.

Experience in law enforcement, investigation, or prosecution of corruption or economic crime cases, is desirable.

Work experience in international cooperation, in particular, anti-corruption law enforcement cooperation, as well as experience in engaging with or operating practitioners’ network in this area is desirable.

Experience in providing advisory services and technical assistance in relation to international cooperation is desirable.

Work experience in project or programme management is desirable.

Experience in an international organization and/or with the United Nations System 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 United Nations official languages 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 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 in the H 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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