Job Opening

Posting Title: Civil Society Individual Contractor
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 29 July 2022 - 09 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-187381-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The purpose of this assignment is to support the activities of the Civil Society Unit. In particular, the Contractor will support the activities for SE4U Pilot Initiatives, the follow-up activities related to the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (COSP9) and its intersessional meetings, as well as regional workshops, trainings and coordination activities for NGO participation at the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (COP UNTOC)

Work Location

Vienna Headquarters

Expected duration

60 working days over September - December 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

UNODC acknowledges the need to promote stronger partnerships with civil society organizations (CSOs) in dealing with the complex issues at global level. The active involvement of civil society is essential to help UNODC carry out its global mandates. The UNODC Civil Society Unit (CSU) manages the global GLOU68 programme “Partnership and Engagement with Non-Governmental Stakeholders on Anti-Corruption, Drugs, and Crime Prevention”. Within the framework of GLOU68, CSU facilitates the dialogue between civil society, Member States, and the private sector in the fight against corruption, drug abuse and transnational organized crime.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), the main international instrument in the fight against transnational organized crime. The Convention is further supplemented by three Protocols which target specific areas and manifestations of organized crime: the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children; the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air; and the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition. Its purpose is to promote cooperation to prevent and combat transnational organized crime more effectively. `

UNODC is also the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which entered into force in December 2005. UNCAC is the first global legally binding instrument which covers public and private, domestic and international corruption. It includes strong anti-corruption measures on prevention, criminalization and law enforcement, international cooperation and asset recovery. In 2009, a review mechanism for the Convention was adopted, consisting of two cycles. Article 13 of the UNCAC encourages Member States to involve civil society in the review process.

Through the GLOU68 programme, UNODC specifically works to facilitate meaningful participation of relevant stakeholders in the UNTOC and UNCAC Review processes. Over the past years, UNODC has engaged with CSOs in the sessions of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the United Nations Crime Congress and the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC (CoP UNTOC), developing a network of some 1000 stakeholders working on issues related to crime prevention.

In order to ensure meaningful engagement with relevant stakeholders in the implementation of UNTOC, the CSU is implementing the project SE4U - Stakeholder Engagement for the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), its review mechanism and related activities. The Project’s main objective is to facilitate broad and inclusive engagement of non-governmental stakeholders’ (NGOs, private sector, and academia) in the implementation of the UNTOC Review Mechanism, with the view to supporting Member States in a successful implementation of the Convention in accordance with Resolution 9/1, including through “Constructive Dialogues”. CSU is also carrying out preparatory activities for the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNTOC. The next SE4U self-paced course and workshop on UNTOC Self-Assessment Questionnaire will be held in September and October 2022 respectively and will involve stakeholders from countries under review for cluster one.

CSU is also conducting follow-up activities with CSOs participating at the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (COSP9), as well as on the “Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation” project in facilitating CSOs to work alongside governmental counterparts in implementing the anti-corruption recommendations in each of the four regional platforms. The CSU is also coordinating CSOs and their engagement in the work of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).


Under the supervision of the Programme Officer and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Unit, the Contractors will:
• Support the preparations of the self-paced course and workshop on UNTOC and its Review Mechanism and respective follow-up activities
• Support coordination activities for NGO participation at the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (COP UNTOC)
• Support follow-up activities related to the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (COSP9) and its intersessional meetings
• Support CSU anti-corruption activities, including UNGASS Intersessional and its follow ups, as well as regional workshops and trainings
• Support the activities for SE4U Pilot Initiatives
• Support SE4U activities in the regions, including Regional Networks
• Support the management of WhatsOn platform

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Experience: • Limited professional experience in an international environment covering the area of crime in general and organized crime or corruption in particular is required.
• Familiarity with the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and / or the UN Convention Against Corruption is desirable.
• Professionalism, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, capacity to work in a team, planning and organizing skills is desirable
• Knowledge and practical experience of UNODC rules of engagement with NGOs is desirable
Language: • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage. Knowledge of Spanish and/or French is desirable.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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