Job Opening

Posting Title: DEPUTY DIRECTOR, D1
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 07 April 2022 - 06 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-178305-R-Vienna (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 Office of the Director (OD) of the Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The Deputy Director will work under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Director of DO.

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The incumbent will be responsible for guiding and coordinating the headquarters and field-based offices of the Division in their delivery of technical assistance programmes and advisory services in the area of drug control and crime prevention. In this capacity, the incumbent will also support the Director of the Division in all policy, strategic and technical matters related to UNODC field-based operations. The incumbent will maintain close liaison and coordination with senior managers in other UNODC Divisions and Offices and serve as key liaison for UNODC Representatives in Field Offices in all matters related to the Division and the UNODC field office network.

Within delegated authority and the overall policy guidance set by the Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Provide oversight to the work of Regional Sections, in guiding Field Offices’ strategic, operational and technical aspects of programme management.

•Provide guidance to Field Offices on sensitive personnel and compliance matters as well as on cross-cutting issues of corporate management.

•Provide guidance and oversight to work of OD.

•Maintain coordination with the Chief of the Border Management Branch (BMB) in DO.

•Lead the formulation of inputs and represent the Division in senior level Inter-Divisional processes.

•Promote integration of UNODC global, regional and country programmes in cooperation with managers and experts from DO and with substantive and administrative experts from other UNODC Divisions.

•Guide the development and implementation of good practices, policies and procedures for field-based UNODC programmes.

•Support the Director of DO in leading the adaptation of UNODC field operations to effectively implement programmes in a manner that is supportive of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN Reform context.

•Lead the Division’s work towards UN-wide strategic planning and cooperation in the field, in particular with the UN Development Coordination Office (UN DCO) and the UN Development Group (UNDG).

•Contribute to UNODC strategy and policy formulation, including interdivisional strategies and plans, addressing emerging priorities and partnership opportunities.

•Provide substantive guidance, advice and coordination for all audits, reviews and evaluations of the Division’s work at headquarters and in the field and ensure implementation of relevant recommendations, in coordination with relevant Regional Sections.

•Oversee the preparation of high quality and complex factual reports, strategic documents, budgets and resource plans for the Division, including annual and bi-annual programme performance and budget reports, substantive programme and thematic reports, and DO inputs to reports of the Executive Director for internal approval and subsequent presentation to Member States and intergovernmental bodies.

•Supported by the Border Management Branch (BMB) and the Regionals Sections, oversee that all outputs produced by the Division meet required standards and comply with polices, mandates, rules and regulations.

•Provide oversight on DO staff recruitment as delegated by the Director; ensure due process and compliance, implementation of HR policies related to gender and geographical balance and advise the Director of DO on selection recommendations up to the P-4 levels.

•Act as First Reporting Officer for field Representatives, Regional Section Chiefs and OD staff, except in cases where further delegation is established.

•Represent the Director and the Division, as and when requested, in senior level internal, external and international events, including inter-agency meetings, international conferences and seminars.

•Perform other work-related duties as requested by the Director of DO.


•Professionalism: Has thorough knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, in particular in (1) field operations and programme implementations, (2) UNODC strategy, substantive mandates and programmes, (3) UN policies and strategic frameworks and (4) advocacy and partnership building. Has demonstrated professional competence and mastery in programme development and execution, advocacy as well as in providing effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues and on drugs, crime and terrorism related matters. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Has demonstrated negotiations and diplomatic skills. Is able to ensure adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance issues and decisions. Is able to supervise, coordinate and review the work of others and to guide dynamic teams of diverse subject matters, focusing on delivery of results and impact. Has strong interpersonal leadership skills. Has collaborative work style skills and ability to solve conflicts and to bring together diverse teams to work. 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.

•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.

•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.

•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

•Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, law, public administration, political or social sciences, international relations or similar field of study 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 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in international technical assistance programme management in the area of drug control, crime, corruption, and/or terrorism prevention related issues is required.

Five years of senior level work experience in providing guidance and oversight of programmes managed at the field level is required.

Demonstrated experience in supervising diverse teams including managing conflicts and holding leaders accountable is required.

Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organizations is desirable.

Demonstrable experience and solid track record of collaborative work style in managing large and diverse teams operating at different locations, covering a wide range of substantive, programmatic and programme support functions is desirable.

Work experience in technical cooperation and related implementation processes 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 position is funded from extra budgetary resources. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding.

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 an H and a 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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