Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Officer (Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement), P2
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 25 May 2023 - 23 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UNICRI-209107-R-The Hague (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), within its Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics located in the Hague, the Netherlands. The Associate Programme Officer (Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement) will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer heading the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and the overall guidance of the Senior Programme Officer and Deputy Director of UNICRI.

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Within assigned authority, the Associate Programme Officer (Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement) will specifically contribute to the Centre’s work on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement and will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Provide logistic and substantive support to design, development and implementation of knowledge development and capacity-building activities (such as expert group meetings, consultation sessions, training courses and focused workshops), assisting notably in the preparation and review of relevant documents and reports as required; participate in the identification of problems activities and issues to be addressed that may affect these activities and provide recommendations for corrective actions, tracking follow-up actions.
• Assist in coordinating activities related to the management of projects, in particular in terms of the preparation and submissions of annual and quarterly progress reports, the preparation and review of programmes of work, internal UNICRI reporting requirements pertaining to ongoing projects, as well as the development of proposals and concept notes for new and related programme activities.
• Assist in carrying out and reviewing research on selected aspects of programme activities, particularly focusing on the legal and policy implications, and ensuring that programme activities are tailored to and sensitive to relevant trends and developments.
• Liaise and interact with key partners in the law enforcement community, as well as non-law enforcement stakeholders in industry, academia and civil society, that play a role in UNICRI’s work on AI and law enforcement, in furtherance of the programmes and project activities.
• Participate in and review survey initiatives; assist with the design of data collection tools; issue data collection tools, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare preliminary conclusions.
• Contribute to outreach activities and external engagement on behalf of the programme, delivering presentations on identified topics/activities.
• Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
• Collect and analyze data, including evidence, to identify trends or patterns and provide insights to enable data- or evidence-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Perform other work-related duties upon request.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to both AI and law enforcement and, more specifically, the use of AI in law enforcement. Has good problem-solving skills. Has the ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Applies judgement in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Is familiar with and experienced in using various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and to convey resulting information to management effectively. 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.

• 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.

• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the office's work; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in criminology, law, international security, international relations, political science, or other relevant discipline, 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. A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience in project or programme management and/or international affairs, including at least one (1) year of experience in working on international projects in the fields of new and emerging technologies, crime prevention, criminal justice, OR the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.

Experience with artificial intelligence and related new and emerging technologies is desirable.

Work experience with law enforcement agencies and the development of tailored guidance and recommendations for law enforcement is desirable.

Work experience within the United Nations system or other similar international organisations is desirable.

Experience in analysis of data or evidence 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 which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is funded from extra-budgetary resources. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and will be limited to service with UNICRI. Any extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. In view of the nature of the funding of the present position, should a UN Secretariat staff member apply and be selected for this position with the Institute, such selection will be implemented on a temporary basis.

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.

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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.

The Hague is a family duty station.

Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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