Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Environmental Crime), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 15 December 2021 - 31 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-169923-R-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 Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of PDMU.

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In the framework of UNODC’s research on crimes that affect the environment, and in close collaboration with the Crime Research Section (CRS/RAB), the Sustainable Livelihoods Unit (SLU), the Division for Operations (DO) and other offices in Vienna and in the field, the Programme Officer will coordinate the development of UNODC’s research capacity on crimes that affect the environment and will be responsible for the Global Report on Crimes that Affect the Environment. Overall responsibilities include the production of the final report, and collecting and collating data sources, including development of a database of crimes, as described below.

The incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

• Lead, coordinate and monitor the implementation of research programmes on crimes that affect the environment; design and carry out substantive research and lead or coordinate the development and implementation of data collection activities, regional/country studies and threat assessments.
• Plan, organize, coordinate and carry out the ongoing review, monitoring and analysis of environmental crime developments and trends at the national, regional and/or global level.
• Plan, oversee and coordinate initial data collection on key crimes that affect the environment to produce an overview of current issues and trends.
• Coordinate and develop an initial version of a database of crimes that affect the environment, and plan longer term data collection routes, data consolidation, data quality assurance measures, and expansion of the database.
• Research, review, analyze, interpret and present information and data gathered from diverse sources; prepare, coordinate and finalize research outputs, particularly the Global Report on Crimes that Affect the Environment.
• Design fieldwork data collection tools, coordinate and provide expertise for the conduct and implementation of data collection particularly in relation to field research; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems and issues and prepare conclusions, reports and presentations.
• Monitor and analyze implementation of assigned projects, supervise project budget, expenditures and utilization of funds related to the assigned programme/project ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations; initiate project revisions and ensure the timely submission of budgetary documentation and reports.
• Establish, prepare and disseminate project work plans, budgets, terms of references and other related project documentation and prepare or ensure the timely preparation and submission of programme/project progress reports.
• Provide backstopping and advice on technical, substantive and administrative issues on research on crimes that affect the environment.
• Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze and advise on events and discussions.
• Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs ,such as reports to governing bodies, background papers, correspondence with counterparts, reports, working documents, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, studies and summary reports.
• Contribute to mobilizing policy and funding support for the programme of work, including extra-budgetary voluntary contributions and identifying other funding sources.
• Participate in relevant donors’ meetings, fund-raising missions as well as other fund-raising activities as required.
• Establish and maintain solid partnerships, undertake negotiations and consultations and liaise on substantive issues with counterparts in the UN and UNODC, both at HQs and in the Field, as well as Member States, donors, international organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, media representatives, civil society and other stakeholders, develop synergy, promote and facilitate operational partnerships and collaborative undertakings.
• Organize and participate as a resource person in technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, advocacy meetings, roundtables, workshops and other relevant meetings related to the specific area.
• Manage human resources by coordinating and overseeing the work of staff and by guiding and training of project staff, consultants, experts.
• As required, guide programme staff, national and international consultants and experts, associate experts and interns in their work.
• Undertake other assignments as may be required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to environmental crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in environmental crime research. Has knowledge of and specialization in environmental crime with very good research and analytical skills. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has ability 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.

Planning & 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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve the research on crimes that affect the environment. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet identified needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas. Thinks “outside the box”. Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, international relations, law, social science, conservation-related field or a related field 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience, including experience at the international level, in crime research and/or crimes that affect the environment research is required.

Experience in the planning, developing, and managing social science research projects is required.

Experience in the production of analytical reports preferably on crime related issues is required.

Research experience on specific crimes that affect the environment such as illegal fishing, illegal mining for minerals and precious metals, illicit waste trafficking (including e-waste and hazardous waste), and illegal exploitation of other natural resources is desirable.

Experience in international data collection programmes 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 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.

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).

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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