Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Global Programme to End Violence Against Children), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 20 April 2022 - 19 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-178854-R-Baghdad (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 Office in Iraq (POIRQ), Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Baghdad, Iraq. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative of ROMENA and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator heading the Programme Office in Iraq (POIRQ), as well as work in close cooperation with the STRIVE Juvenile Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, the STRIVE Juvenile Team and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer heading the Global Programme to End Violence against Children in the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section (CPCJS) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

• Support, together with the STRIVE Juvenile Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer heading the Global Programme to End Violence against Children, the implementation of the STRIVE Juvenile project in Iraq.
• Coordinate and contribute to all STRIVE Juvenile related activities in Iraq and provide substantive input on relevant documents and tools, including guidance notes, mapping exercises, briefing notes, research papers, etc.
• Coordinate with relevant stakeholders in Iraq to ensure that proper substantive expertise is provided in the implementation of STRIVE Juvenile, as applicable. Cooperate and coordinate with other field offices and other relevant entities on matters pertaining to children associated with terrorist and violent extremist groups and work closely with the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), including by providing support to their justice portfolio to ensure synergies between the various projects and STRIVE Juvenile.
• Provide substantive and operational assistance to the revision and/or elaboration of laws and policy instruments, in close partnership with the team, by fostering coordination with national counterparts, supporting organization of meetings and roundtables, providing input to reports and recommendations, researching and sharing background documentation.
• Facilitate and provide training and other capacity-building assistance targeting national policy-makers and professionals, including through the development of related technical material, the organization of workshops and seminars. Liaise with national counterparts, and develop and maintain relationships with partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders. Coordinate with other intergovernmental organizations, other UN agencies, as well as relevant non-governmental organizations and institutions which are active in the provision of training on related issues at the regional or country level.
• Assist in the implementation of activities aimed to support resilience of children and their environment in Iraq, establish effective working relationship with civil society and community-based organizations.
• Participate in and contribute to political and technical consultations with representatives from the partner country and other actors on measures for preventing and responding to violence against children by terrorist and violent extremist groups.
• Assist in coordinating project implementation, e. g. by arranging assistance delivery and procurement in line with United Nations rules and regulations. Work on programme development with a view to ensuring the continuous expansion of the justice programme in Iraq with a focus on prevention of violence against children and justice for children. Monitor the implementation of activities as well as financial expenditure of the project.
• Prepare technical presentations on the project at relevant events, as required. Participate in project communications activities by preparing content and inputs. Undertake outreach and dissemination activities, as required, and promote cooperation and continuous sharing of information inside the team and with relevant stakeholders.
• Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation component of STRIVE Juvenile by, inter alia, collecting data and information, ensuring adequate follow-up to technical assistance, preparing periodic project progress reports, supporting the mid-term and final independent evaluations.
• Supervise, in close coordination the STRIVE Project Manager, the work of the National Project Officer(s) and National Programme Assistant(s) in Iraq.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has very good knowledge in the area of crime prevention, criminal justice and/or counter-terrorism. Has very good knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has good analytical, planning, and organizational skills. 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 degree or equivalent) in law, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public or business administration, project management 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of professional experience in legal affairs, crime prevention, criminal justice, child protection, justice for children, counter-terrorism or related area is required.

Work experience in criminal law, legal and related aspects of terrorism prevention and their international dimensions is desirable.

Experience in project management, administration or related area is desirable.

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

Work experience in delivering training activities in the area of criminal justice, crime prevention, justice for children and/or counter-terrorism is desirable.


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

Baghdad is classified in the "E" category (non-family duty station).

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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