Job Opening

Posting Title: LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERT, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 March 2022 - 07 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNOCT-177517-J-New York (X)
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 Special Projects Section of the Special Projects and Innovation Division of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) at Headquarters in New York. The Law Enforcement Expert reports to the Chief of Section.

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 43 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.


Advisory Services and Mentoring:
• Reviews existing law enforcement, terrorist prevention, border control and related technical capacity in Member States, defines technical assistance needs and training requirements of government institutions and recommends actions to meet needs.
• Provides advisory services and mentoring to governments and regional authorities, in particular law enforcement agencies and entities, with the aim to support planning, designing and managing appropriate response measures on counter-terrorism in the country.
• Advises national counterparts on strategies and measures and on good practices in their areas of competence and fields of intervention.

Technical Assistance
• Provides policy guidance to the Chief of Section on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of law enforcement programmes, policies and procedures related to counter-terrorism, ensuring coherence and effective coordination.
• Plans, organizes, coordinates and delivers a variety of specialized technical services in areas required to establish, monitor and manage specialized operations.
• Develops, organizes, formulates, coordinates preparation of and evaluates programme and project ideas for specialized technical assistance; build synergies with other ONOCT initiatives at the project formulation stage.
• Plans, coordinates and supports the implementation of the programme strategies and activities, provides technical inputs to the implementation of law enforcement related projects.
• Prepares or coordinates the preparation of the necessary programme or project documents and reports, such as work plans, budget segments, programme/project progress, performance and/or implementation delivery reports.
• Guides trainers, technical and resource personnel, consultants etc.
• Leads and participates in complex needs assessment and other technical missions to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals; coordinates, participates and carries out periodic assessments of the performance of introduced and improved practices and operations.
• Evaluates the quality and impact of law enforcement assistance measures in countries.

Capacity Building and Training:
• Develops and organizes capacity-building activities in policy and operational practices.
• Delivers a broad range of capacity building and training activities to targeted groups.
• Initiates, develops, coordinates or contributes to training curricula and training materials to support and sustain programme/project goals and outputs.

Liaison and Partnerships:
• Represents the Organisation at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive- issues.
• Maintains regular contacts, fosters cooperation and works in close coordination with national and international authorities, agencies and institutions, and other relevant operational counterparts including customs and border control authorities.
• Facilitates regional and international cooperation and information exchange in operational, investigative, prosecutorial and judicial matters with regard to criminal justice matters and countering organized crime including illicit financial flows from organised crime and drugs.

Other related tasks:
• Organises and prepares a variety of written outputs, working papers, reports, background papers, analyses, presentations, proposals and documents, briefings, training materials, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.
• Attends policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyse and advise on substantive issues related to the specialized technical area and participates as a resource person in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings.
• Performs other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of theories, concepts and sound practices relevant to combating crime, illicit drugs and terrorism prevention related issues. Knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, judiciary, prosecution, human trafficking, organized crime, financial crime and related areas. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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.

• 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 (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement is required. A first-level university degree OR equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in counter-terrorism, crime or terrorism prevention (including international experience in law enforcement, crime prevention, criminal or financial investigations, police, prosecutions, customs, border control, combating organized crime, drug and human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, or criminal intelligence processes), is required.

Experience using risk-based working methodology (profiling) is required.

Experience in capacity-building and training on counter-terrorism is desirable.

Experience working in an international organisation is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for six months, with the possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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.

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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