Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 29 July 2022 - 26 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-186992-R-Vienna (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), Drugs, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Section.

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The focus of this position is to plan, organize, coordinate and/or provide substantive backstopping to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNODC strategies, policies and programme activities with regard to the thematic areas covered by the Section with a particular focus on prevention of drug use and other risky behaviours (as per the UNODC/WHO International Standards on Drug Use Prevention), as well as on ensuring access to controlled drugs for medical purposes. Within delegated authority, the Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Plan, organize, coordinate and carry out the ongoing review, monitoring and analysis at the national, regional and/or global levels of the activities and policies of Member States with regard to the above-mentioned thematic areas.
• Plan, organize, coordinate, implement and evaluate programme activities aimed at the enhancing of the institutional knowledge and understanding of the Governments, civil society and UN agencies of the thematic areas mentioned above and at developing and/or improving national, governmental and inter-governmental policies, strategies, plans and cooperation on this issue.
• Plan, organize, coordinate and deliver a variety of specialized technical services for governments, e.g. expert advisory services, expert group meetings, training seminars, etc., in order to assist them in the implementation of the international conventions and other international legal instruments related to the thematic areas mentioned above.; provide substantive backstopping to regional and inter-regional advisers and mentors.
• Review and appraise best practices and programmes in the thematic areas covered by the Section with a particular focus on prevention of drug use and other risky behaviours, as well as on ensuring access to controlled drugs for medical purposes; promote them among Member States, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general; pilot-test promising practices through the design and implementation of special programmes and projects; summarize and disseminate experience from pilot projects.
• Organize, coordinate the preparation and draft/consolidate the reports to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), General Assembly (GA) and other legislative and technical bodies on the above specified thematic areas; participate and contribute to the substantive servicing of the meetings of those bodies.
• Lead and/or participate in large, complex programming, needs assessment and other technical missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions (IFIs), UN agencies and non-governmental and civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs) in the field of the thematic areas specified above.
• Contribute to fund-raising in relation to the thematic areas covered by the Section with a particular focus on prevention of drug use and other risky behaviours, as well as on ensuring access to controlled drugs for medical purposes projects and programmes by preparing the materials and participating in major donor meetings and fund-raising missions; building support for cost-sharing contributions from the Governments, identifying other local funding sources for UNODC projects and activities, etc.
• Manage, guide develop and train staff under his/her supervision.
• Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches on science-based thematic areas related to the prevention of drug use and other risky behaviours, as well as on ensuring access to controlled drugs for medical purposes. Has 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 issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of problems/issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, political science, statistics, public administration, public health, medicine, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, sociology, education 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the international level in access to controlled drugs for medical purposes and/or prevention of drug use and other risky behaviours is required.

Experience in programme/project coordination and implementation is desirable.

Experience in supervising and coordinating the work of a team is desirable.

Experience in fund-raising is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.

Special Notice

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 28 February 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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 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.

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