Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Global Prosecution Adviser), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 19 April 2022 - 18 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-178851-R-Nairobi (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 Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the Representative of ROEA and the Programme Coordinator heading the Global Programme on Combatting Wildlife and Forest Crime (GP-WLFC), and under the direct supervision of the Law Enforcement Expert and regional Coordinator of the Global Programme.

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Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Global Prosecution Adviser) will work closely with the national, authorities and various stakeholders to provide prosecution advice, training and technical assistance to build prosecution and investigation capacities of national agencies, and to lead the prosecution and judicial cooperation related work, and to provide strategic guidance across parts of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean as relevant. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

¿ Provide specialized legal advice and support and technical input on complex legal aspects on wildlife, forest crime and other crimes that affect the environment, encourage cross-border prosecutions and judicial cooperation, aiming at higher level criminal offenders in the trafficking chain.
¿ Advise and interact with governments on issues related to legislation, regional and inter-regional cooperation.
¿ Draft amendments to national legislation, build knowledge and expertise within UNODC on WLFC and other crimes affecting the environment (e.g. waste trafficking).
¿ Conduct national capacity assessments as part of the multi-disciplinary team using the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime. (ICCWC) and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit and Indicator Framework in the assigned countries.
¿ Update and expand training curricula in collaboration with relevant national agencies (i.e. prosecution, law enforcement, wildlife and forest agencies, judiciary) and develop standardized training materials, reference guides and manuals, capacity building packages for prosecutors, investigators and judiciary at interregional, regional and national levels and promote their use and application through the implementation of capacity-building activities.
¿ Deliver investigation and prosecution training and mentoring to regional wildlife prosecutors and investigators to build capacity of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to successfully investigate, improve their case preparation, collection of evidence and court room skills. Expand the cooperation with investigators and prosecutors to fisheries-related offences and other crimes that affect the environment.
¿ Contribute to UNODC research efforts on legislation and development of legislative guides on fisheries related crimes, minerals-related crimes, waste trafficking and other related offences.
¿ Expand UNODC understanding of the green and climate justice and environmental criminal law by conducting an overview of environmental offences that are criminalized or have an element of organized crime, prepare position papers, speaking points on the issue and develop training materials for these emerging areas.
¿ Participate as a resource person in workshops, seminars and training courses as assigned.
¿ Perform other work-related functions, as required.


• Professionalism: Has demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the relevant aspects of wildlife and forest crime and other crimes that affect the environment, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and extradition legislation. Has knowledge in developing capacity-building tools for investigators and prosecutors in wildlife and forest crime. Has demonstrable ability to liaise with prosecutors and experience in the preparation of documents required by the courts in the course of investigations and prosecutions. Has knowledge in training and mentoring prosecutors, law enforcement officers and/or other criminal justice officials in matter relating to the investigation and prosecution of wildlife and forest crime or other economic crimes. Has demonstrable knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments. Has very good knowledge in undertaking criminal justice assessments requested by governments. 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.

• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client 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.

• 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 (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in prosecution, in advising on relevant legislation, investigations, intelligence and law enforcement matters and preparation of cases for trial is required.

Experience in wildlife and forest crime, working closely with police, prosecutors, customs personnel, financial professionals and other relevant disciplines involved in the prosecution of wildlife and forest crime is required.

Experience with preparation of court documents necessary for investigations/seizures/ prosecutions is required.

Experience in development and delivery of prosecution training and provision of advice and assistance to law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the area of wildlife and forest crime in both common law and civil law jurisdictions is desirable.

Experience with prosecution capacity building in developing countries is desirable.

Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment in Africa is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English 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 the 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.

Nairobi 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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