Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Section, P5
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 23 March 2023 - 06 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-204472-R-Vienna (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Implementation Support Section I of the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA). The incumbent works under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of Branch and leads, coordinates, and supervises the work and the staff assigned to the Section.

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Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section is responsible for the following specific duties:

o Provide advice and input to the Chief of Branch on strategies, human rights-based and accountable policies and processes as well as on the planning and preparation of programmes of support to Member States and other relevant support as required for the functioning and management of the Branch and the delivery of its mandate.

o Provide substantive leadership for the conceptualization, planning, implementation, and coordination of terrorism prevention policy, legal, and technical assistance programmes and projects, promoting the implementation of international legal instruments against terrorism, the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly including the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy.

o Provide expert advice to governments and institutions in strengthening strategies, policies, cooperation and coordination frameworks, inter-agency cooperation, and capacity building plans to enhance national and regional terrorism prevention in line with international obligations and standards.

o Develop and coordinate programmatic initiatives to facilitate international cooperation related to terrorism prevention through the development of research, analysis, best practices, knowledge sharing, publications, curricula, manuals, and tools for training; lead intra- and inter-agency coordination and cooperation and development of joint programming.

o Lead consultations, including technical missions, with senior officials of governments and international organizations, expert groups, funding institutions, and other stakeholders, assess needs, formulate plans, and present proposals to provide technical assistance.

o Lead the development and coordination of innovation, advocacy, partnership building, and resource mobilization strategies, plans, and activities to facilitate the delivery of terrorism prevention technical assistance; develop strong and sustainable partnerships.

o Coordinate and collaborate effectively with colleagues and counterparts internally and externally. Establish and maintain effective relationships with other UN offices, governments, international organizations, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders.

o Represent the Organization at international meetings/conferences and provide substantive and strategic input and provide expertise on terrorism prevention issues.

o Coordinate the preparation of substantive, strategic, and programmatic reports on terrorism prevention to supervisors, UN bodies and entities, as assigned.

o Lead team members’ efforts to collect and analyze data and provide insights to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensure that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.

o Plan and oversee the management and coordination of activities undertaken by the Section, foster teamwork, knowledge sharing, and communication among staff and ensure compliance with professional standards.

o Oversee the management of human and financial resources of the Section in line with results-based budgeting and management and UN rules and regulations. Lead the Section programmatic and administrative processes and preparation of documentation (work plans, budgets, terms of references, reports, etc.).

o Manage human resources by overseeing the work of staff and by directing and guiding project staff, consultants, experts; supervise and develop staff capacities; guide, mentor and evaluate staff; plan, lead and/or oversee the recruitment and integration of new staff members, consultants, interns, etc., taking into account geographical and gender balance as well as other organizational requirements and needs.

o Perform other work-related duties as may be assigned.


Professionalism: Has in-depth substantive knowledge of the policy, legal, crime prevention, criminal justice and related dimensions of terrorism prevention. Has demonstrated expertise to provide sound policy and substantive leadership and advice in legal, crime prevention and criminal justice dimensions of terrorism prevention; to provide leadership, guidance, research and review for the development of related specialized documents including publications, manuals and tools for technical assistance. Has ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction and provide innovative substantive and technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development and management of operations and/or programmes of work. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Has ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence, 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.

Managerial Competencies :

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, or social sciences 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 ten years of progressively responsible and directly relevant professional experience in terrorism prevention, crime prevention, or criminal justice is required.

A minimum of five years of experience in developing and managing terrorism prevention policy and technical assistance programmes at the international level is required

Experience in planning and managing pertinent international development or technical cooperation programmes as well as programme/project development and administration is required.

Experience in leading, guiding and coordinating training and capacity building activities, developing technical and legal tools and publications, preferably with a focus on terrorism prevention and /or related fields is desirable.

Work experience both at the national and international level is desirable.

Work experience within the United Nations System or similar international organizations is desirable.

Work experience implementing projects in developing countries is desirable.

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 desirable.


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

Special Notice

This is a geographical 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, 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, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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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