Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 08 June 2022 - 07 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-182726-R-Panama City (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 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN), Division for Operation (DO) in Panama City, Panama. The incumbent will work under the substantive guidance of the Programme Coordinator of the Global Programme on Cybercrime, and the supervision of the UNODC Representative in ROPAN. The position will be operating within the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), at UNODC Headquarters, Vienna.

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The incumbent, as Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Cybercrime), will carry out work assignments in relation to the implementation of counter-cybercrime technical assistance in the region and, where necessary, globally.

Within assigned authority the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Manage and coordinate the implementation of the Project in accordance with the work plan and with a view to ensuring high quality deliverables and achieving the project outputs and outcomes on time.

• Provide advanced substantive support in the development of capacity building, mentoring and technical assistance activities on prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of online child sexual abuse and exploitation, trafficking in persons and other related types of crime.

• Provide substantive support in the development of relevant technical and training materials, tools and capacity building packages related to online child sexual abuse and exploitation, trafficking in persons and other cyber-enabled crimes.

• Assist in organizing and facilitating international, cross-regional, and national activities and meetings in countering online child sexual abuse and exploitation, trafficking in persons and other types of related crime.

• Liaise with other UNODC programmes and projects by providing support and cooperation in cybercrime.

• Cooperate and coordinate with UNODC field offices, regional sections, and other sections of UNODC on implementation arrangements, and provide detailed specifications for activities.

• Draft/prepare reports, inputs for reports and briefing notes as required for the use by other Sections, Branches and Divisions of UNODC, or other relevant UN Secretariat organizations.

• Liaise frequently with national and regional institutions in the Caribbean.

• Liaise regularly with donors, including timely reporting.

• Monitor financial resources, the expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility, including programme/project segments; draft parts of, or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme, project and budget documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc., ensuring compliance with UN financial regulations and rules, and reporting requirements.

• Provide guidance to consultants, government officials and other actors related to the implementation of the project; draft mission summaries and mission-related documents.

• Prepare and/or assess draft programme and project ideas and documents for technical assistance in the assigned countries, regions, or functional areas.

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Demonstrates knowledge of online child sexual abuse and exploitation including law enforcement and/or prosecution related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention related to cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes and relevant UNODC mandates. Has knowledge of programme/project administration and implementation. Has very good research and analytical skills, including technical skills to conduct data analysis. Is able to evaluate, identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Demonstrates ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given. 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.

• Planning and 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 law, political science, international relations, or other relevant discipline related to countering or preventing cybercrime is required.

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

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in delivering operational law enforcement, or criminal justice work, or providing technical support in investigating, prosecuting, or sentencing and/or adjudicating online child sexual exploitation and abuse, human trafficking, or other organized crime related offenses, is required.

Work experience in project management in areas within UNODC’s mandates is desirable.

Work experience in Central America and the Caribbean is desirable.

Experience in working with civil society organizations, or the private sector in the protection of victims, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable. 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 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.

Panama City is classified in the A 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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