Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice – Firearms (Inter-Regional Criminal Justice Advisor), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 16 May 2022 - 22 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-181437-J-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 Firearms Trafficking Section of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs (FTS/OCB/DTA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct guidance and supervision of the Chief of Section and the overall supervision of the Chief of Branch.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:
• In close consultation with the Chief of Section, lead, plan, and coordinate the implementation and delivery of UNODC’s normative and legislative work aimed at promoting and enhancing the implementation of the Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components, and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol), supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).
• Serve as a recognized expert in criminal law and international law, in particular criminal justice response to illicit firearms trafficking and its links to transnational organized crime and terrorism, and independently handle a wide range of complex, and sensitive legal matters; perform legal research and analysis; organize and prepare legal studies, reports, and briefs on specific legal and technical issues; coordinate and direct the work of other legal officer(s), expert(s) and consultant(s) dealing with such issues, in particular the development of legislative gap analysis and the delivery of legislative advisory services and legal drafting support to countries; advise and interact with governments on legislation and related matters.
• Deliver legal advisory services and legislative drafting support, to assist governments in the ratification, accession and/or implementation of the Firearms Protocol and the UNTOC Convention, and related legal instruments on firearms trafficking, crime and terrorism prevention, where applicable; provide mentoring support and specialized advice to practitioners in conducting complex and cross border investigations relating to illicit firearms trafficking and in requesting and providing international cooperation in criminal matters, including liaison with competent authorities in other countries; as well as on the establishment of specialized units in investigations and or prosecutions to counter firearms trafficking and related crimes; provide substantive backstopping to national and regional legal advisers, experts and mentors on ongoing cases and ensure cooperation with the regional judicial cooperation networks, regional law enforcement and regional justice centres or agencies with special focus on Latin America and Africa, and where possible, Central Asia and the Western Balkans.
• Plan, organize, coordinate and deliver a variety of specialized capacity building activities, particularly legal, prosecutorial, and judicial training, expert group meetings, and seminars.
• Plan, organize, and implement activities to consolidate and expand the “Community of Practitioners” established under the Global Firearms Programme, to foster information sharing, experience and good practices among practitioners in countering firearms trafficking and related organized crime and terrorism, through inter alia regular meetings, development and dissemination of information and material through a dedicated webpage and periodic newsletters, specialized tools and publications, in particular the development of a Digest of firearms trafficking cases linked to organized crime and terrorism, analysis and sharing of relevant laws, regulations, policies and cases in this field. Oversee and coordinate with other members of the Section the activities related to the Conference of the Parties (CoP) in different regions, and oversee and coordinate the work of other staff, expert(s) and consultant(s) working on the development of the case digest; oversee the regular updating of the public and the password protected site of the CoP webpage to facilitate regular exchanges among practitioners.
• Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs such as background papers, working papers, legal and analytical reports, briefings, presentations, and policy proposals, as well as legal and technical publications, such as manuals, legislative and investigative guides, operating procedures, training materials, curricula and capacity building packages, model legislation, tool kits. Coordinate the development of specialised Issue Papers on the interlinkages between illicit arms trafficking and other crimes e.g. terrorism, cybercrime, corruption, human trafficking, wildlife;
• Support the Chief of Section in their duties related to the branch’s functions as secretariat of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC Convention) and its Protocols; contribute and coordinate the preparation of substantive documentation and reports for the Conference and its working groups, and oversee the work of other legal officer(s); when requested, provide substantive expertise to the Conference and the open-ended working groups established by the Conference, in particular, the Working Group on Firearms; Lead and/or participate in programming, needs assessment and other technical missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate legislative and other legal assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions, UN agencies and non-governmental and civil society organizations. Develop, organize, and coordinate the preparation of draft programme and project ideas and documents for technical assistance in the assigned countries, regions or functional areas, and provide necessary management, coordination and backstopping as well as technical, substantive and administrative advice and support.
• In coordination with the Chief of Section and other Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officers, develop and implement strategies for the FTS, through a theory of change approach, including by identifying areas of potential intervention and need in different regions of the world as well as for inter-agency cooperation and collaboration with other multilateral institutions, cooperation networks and civil society, and support related fundraising efforts. Participate in inter-agency coordination and cooperation activities such as the Inter-Agency Coordination Action on Small Arms Mechanism (CASA), the Global Compact on Terrorism, UN Country teams; follow up on the UNODC decisions, issues and documentation with their officials.
• Supervise and guide other professionals and support staff members and participate in the recruitment of personnel, by drafting terms of reference/job descriptions, coordinating/conducting panel interviews, evaluating candidates' applications and qualifications, drafting substantive recommendations and reports for submission to competent services or bodies. Support the mainstreaming of the gender component of the Firearms Trafficking Section activities.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including criminal law, both substantive and procedural, especially of relevant crime prevention and criminal justice issues. Has knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, in particular organized crime, firearms trafficking, terrorism and related crimes, its links to peace, development and security, and of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has the ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions. Has knowledge of the prevention and countering illicit firearms trafficking, transnational organized crime, terrorism and related forms of crime, and sound understanding of existing international legal instruments and their links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Is aware of cross-cutting aspects such as human rights, gender, as well as rule of law, peace, security and development. Is committed to achieving highest quality outputs, timeliness, conscientiousness, attention to detail and ability to bring matters to closure. Is proficient in legal writing and expression. Has professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is efficient at meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 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.
• 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 degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international or criminal law is required. Specialization in international aspects of crime and in criminal justice issues is desirable.

A first level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of criminal law, with a focus on criminal justice aspects of countering transnational organized crime, firearms trafficking or terrorism prevention or in international cooperation in criminal matters, is required.

Practical experience in the field of international cooperation in criminal matters is required.

Experience in conducting legal analysis, research and legal writing, and in providing policy advice, legislative advisory services and legal drafting support in criminal justice, firearms trafficking, organized crime, or counter-terrorism is required.

Experience working as a prosecutor, magistrate or judge is desirable.

Practical experience in the design, development and delivery of capacity building activities and in providing mentoring support on investigation and prosecution of complex crimes such as firearms trafficking, terrorism or organized crime, is desirable.

Practical experience in conducting or facilitating criminal investigations including international cooperation in criminal matters on firearms trafficking, organized crime, or terrorism cases, is desirable.

Experience in managing and administering technical assistance projects/programmes within the UN Common System or other international environment is desirable.

Work experience with different legal systems is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Fluency in French is an advantage. 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 temporarily available until March 2023. 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.

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.

Vienna is classified in the H 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.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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