Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Human Rights-Based and Gender-Sensitive Police Reform), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: Field Locations
Posting Period: 01 March 2023 - 30 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-202821-P- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in various UNODC Regional, Country or Programme Offices in various field duty stations and are coordinated or managed by the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section (CPCJS), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Human Rights-Based and Gender-Sensitive Police Reform) will work under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section (CPCJS) or the respective UNODC Regional -, Country Representative or Head of Programme Office and the direct supervision of the Team Leader, Access to Justice Team in CPCJS or field-based criminal justice leads in the respective Regional, Country or Programme Office.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for providing substantive support for the implementation of various projects on access to justice and specifically on police reform. In particular, the incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

• Review, monitor and analyze, on an ongoing basis, social, economic and/or political developments and trends which are relevant to equal access to justice for all, including police reform, and human rights-based and gender-sensitive policing.

• Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of project activities, including by supporting needs assessments, programming and other technical missions; by organizing a variety of technical assistance activities; and by providing technical and legal advisory services aimed at promoting police reform.

• Provide substantive support for the development of relevant technical and training materials, tools and capacity-building packages, organize and participate in national and regional workshops, seminars and training courses for criminal justice professionals, law enforcement officers and other relevant stakeholders, and deliver presentations, as required, in line with UNODC technical guidance documents on police reform and the mainstreaming of gender and human rights.

• Assist in ensuring close coordination and exchange of information amongst UNODC staff, national counterparts and donors in the course of project implementation in beneficiary countries, as required; clarify UNODC’s work in the field police reform to (non-governmental counterparts, as requested.

• Assist in drafting reports on project achievements at the levels of activities, outputs and objectives in line with project-specific work plans, UNODC and donor-related reporting requirements.

• Conduct research on access to justice and specifically police reform, and prepare other written outputs, such as official correspondence, briefings and presentations.

• Manage and contribute to the preparation of budgets, monitor and report on the expenditures and the utilization of financial resources and contribute to financial progress reports, ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations as well as applicable reporting requirements.

• Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.

• Assume other work-related responsibilities, as required, such as those related to the recruitment and supervision of consultants and/or other project personnel.


• Professionalism: Has good knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice reform, in particular: human rights-based and gender-sensitive policing and corresponding practical challenges. Has knowledge of the work of the UN in crime prevention and criminal justice, including access to justice and police reform, as well as standards and norms related to policing, including community-oriented policing, police use of force and firearms, police accountability, oversight and integrity. Has good project management skills, preferably including the implementation of projects in the UN or other international organizations and the preparation of project documents. Has sound judgment and excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues and to address sensitive issues in a diplomatic manner. Has a broad understanding of the situation in developing, transitional or post-conflict countries. Has excellent training skills including the development of training materials, and the delivery and/or organization of workshops or training courses. Is able to expeditiously analyse extensive substantive documentation and prepare comprehensive reports, summaries and policy briefs. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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 all genders in all areas of work. Implements intersectional analysis tools and advances inclusion and diversity in project activities and in the workplace.

• 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.

• 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 political science, human rights, law, criminology 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 progressively responsible professional work experience in areas relevant to UNODC’s mandates on access to justice and police reform is required.

Work experience in project management and implementation is required.

Work experience in delivering workshops/training courses for criminal justice officials is required.

Work experience in the development of technical and training tools is desirable.

Work experience in applying UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular those related to policing, is desirable.

Work experience in applying intersectional, gender-responsive and human rights-based approaches in the field of criminal justice and/or policing is desirable.

Work experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. 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 generic job opening for the purpose of creating a roster of qualified candidates for immediate and anticipated job openings in various duty stations. The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations in various duty stations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer roster (job code 2646 DRU). Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for similar job openings. Roster membership does not guarantee

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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.

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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