Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Psychosocial Support Specialist), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 05 May 2022 - 03 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-179460-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 Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section (CPCJS), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will report directly to the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer managing the Project STRIVE Juvenile and work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer coordinating the UNODC Global Programme to End Violence against Children (GLOZ43) and the Chief of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section (CPCJS).

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Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Psychosocial Support Specialist) will provide support in the implementation of the UNODC Global Programme to End Violence against Children and to its Project STRIVE Juvenile. In particular, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Develop guides, tools, case studies, models, and other materials related to mental health and psychosocial support and programming for children, families and communities to promote staff capacity-building and service quality.
• Provide substantive and operational support to the development of training tools and deliver training activities to professionals from the justice, child protection, security, education and health sectors regarding measures aimed to prevent and respond to violence against children (including recruitment and exploitation by criminal and armed groups) such as mental health care and psychosocial support.
• Provide high quality training, substantive input and coaching services delivery in identified topics associated with consequences of violence, trauma-informed care, mental health and psychosocial support, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), victims and witness support services.
• Contribute to the development of case management policies and protocols.
• Contribute to the development of mental health and psychosocial support resources, toolkits, online training modules, etc. to build capacity of volunteers/staff in community-based organizations and other professionals.
• Provide substantive and operational support to the conceptualization, implementation and monitoring of initiatives to strengthen resilience of children and their environment to violence, including through partnership with national civil society organisations.
• Support the development of regional, national and international functioning and safe referral pathways, strengthening links to available services for mental health and psychosocial support and programming for children and child protection.
• Support the conducting of technical assistance needs assessments and situation analysis by participating in the preparation and delivery of scoping missions, as requested, and by identifying needs of professionals and opportunities to enhance access to psychosocial assistance in partner countries.
• Support the conceptualization and drafting of research, specifically in relation to root causes of violence against children (including recruitment and exploitation where relevant); consequences of violence on children’s well-being and life perspectives; needs for psychosocial support in the framework of prevention intervention, rehabilitation and reintegration programmes, juvenile justice systems.
• Contribute to consultative and other meetings including roundtables, training, conferences and workshops, by proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing of documents and presentations, etc..
• Participate in or support field missions, including through the preparation of relevant work material; provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties; drafting of mission reports; ensuring follow-up action.
• Assist in the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the programme by collecting relevant data on project implementation, drafting reports and supporting follow-up of activities, as requested.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, in particular to violence against children. Has knowledge of policies and practices on the provision of psychosocial support services, particularly child-friendly services. Has knowledge of clinical psychology with very good research and analytical skills. 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; communicates clearly and effectively; listens to others is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in clinical or counselling psychology, psychiatry or 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 five years of professional experience in psychosocial support to child victims of violence is required.

Work experience in provision of psychosocial support to victims and offenders in contact with the justice system in contexts of hardship and insecurity is required.

Work experience in the conceptualization of training tools and delivery of training activities is required.

Experience in conceptualization, elaboration and implementation of child-friendly assessment tools is required.

Experience in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and universal counter-terrorism legal framework is desirable.

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


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

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