Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Digital Forensic Expert), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DOHA
Posting Period: 30 May 2023 - 28 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-209519-R-Doha (E)
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 UNODC Programme Office in the State of Qatar (POQAT), Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Doha, Qatar. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of Center of the United Nations Regional Center for Combatting Cybercrime (UNRCC) of UNODC and the overall guidance of the Programme Coordinator (Global Programme on Cybercrime) and the Chief of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), UNODC in Vienna, Austria.

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The incumbent will carry out work assignments in connection with the implementation of counter-cybercrime technical assistance in the region and, where necessary, internationally.
Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Digital Forensic Expert) will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Design and undertake training needs assessments of law enforcement agencies relating to all aspects of collection, preservation, analysis of digital evidence, as well as open-source intelligence (OSINT) and social media intelligence (SOCMINT) techniques for cyber-enabled and -dependent crimes;
• Design and develop training curricula on all aspects of digital forensic analysis, open-source intelligence (OSINT), social media intelligence (SOCMINT) techniques;
• Organize and conduct capacity building and technical assistance activities on gathering, preservation and analysis of digital evidence of cybercrime and crimes committed using technology, this includes training in collaboration with the investigation expert on the use of software to gather, collect and analyze digital evidence as well as open-source intelligence (OSINT) and social media intelligence (SOCMINT) techniques;
• Manage the design of a digital forensic laboratory for training environment;
• Provide technical guidance to procurement processes involving digital forensic analysis software and tools;
• Organize and facilitate international, inter-regional and national activities on digital forensics;
• Design, programme and run digital forensic tools in the training environment laboratory and mentor their use, upon request, during operational mentoring;
• Continually monitor and assess emerging innovative solutions in relation to software and tools designed for digital forensic analysis;
• Undertake outreach activities; coordinate international, regional and national workshops, meetings and conferences, make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Provide, prepare and draft reports, standard operating procedures (SoPs), guidelines and analysis on digital forensics, including relevant International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards;
• Coordinate and liaise with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions which are active in the provision of training and education on related issues at the international, regional or country level, as well as with UNODC programmes for cross-fertilization;
• Assist in the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the programme by collecting relevant data on project implementation, drafting reports and supporting follow-up of activities, as requested;
• Implement activities under the Global Programme on Cybercrime, by delivering, overseeing, contributing to and ensuring coordination among the relevant personnel and units in particular with regard to the administrative set up of the activities, recruitment of staff and consultants, subcontracting of services and financial monitoring and reporting;
• Cooperate and coordinate with the field office, regional section and other sections at UNODC Headquarters on implementation arrangements and provide detailed specifications for activities;
• Prepare, review, plan and manage the implementation of the project’s strategies and activities as outlined in the project document by providing substantive and administrative support and inputs, including budget and procurement management.
• Prepare and draft a variety of written outputs that relate to the implementation of the project, such as background papers, progress reports, evaluation reports, mission reports, briefings and presentations;
• Provide investigative and analytic support for processes pertaining digital forensics;
• Undertake research and provide advice to the Head of the Global Programme on Cybercrime on matters relating to innovation and new technologies.
• Ensure regular communication with all project donors, and ensure that reporting obligations and other obligations towards the donors are fulfilled in a timely manner;
• 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.
• Perform other work-related duties to support project implementation, as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates knowledge of digital forensic evidence acquisition, analysis and exploitation and counter-cybercrime law enforcement and/or prosecution related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention related to cybercrime and relevant UNODC mandates. Has knowledge of programme/project administration, implementation, evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Has very good research and analytical skills. Is able to evaluate, identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Demonstrates ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given and to coordinate the work of others. 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 women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Planning and 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, computer forensics, information technology, programming, cybersecurity, network security or closely 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.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification on digital forensic tools is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience in extracting and analyzing digital evidence and/or evaluation of electronic devices using specialist software and hardware is required.

Work experience in teaching, designing and delivering training on cybercrime investigations and digital forensics is required.

Work experience in supporting, advising or working with national and international law enforcement agencies on cybercrime investigations and digital forensics is desirable.

Work experience within the United Nations or similar international organization dealing with law enforcement related operations is desirable.

Work experience in project management is desirable.

Work experience with counterparts in the field is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. 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 project 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.

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.

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.¿

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.

Doha is classified in the A 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.

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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