Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 28 March 2017 - 11 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-76202-R-Vienna (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This position is funded from extra budgetary resources. Any extension to this position is subject to the availability of the funding.

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.

Vienna is classified an H and a family duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Justice Section.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

•Prepare and/or assess draft programme and project ideas and documents for technical assistance in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice reform.

•Participate in programming, needs assessment and other technical missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions, United Nations agencies, non-governmental and/or civil society organizations.

•In collaboration with others, prepare Regional and Thematic Programme Frameworks; contribute to their finalization for submission to the UNODC Executive Committee and Programme and Project Committee.

•Assist the UNODC Field Office Network and colleagues at Headquarters in the organization and/or delivery of a variety of specialized technical services for governments, e.g. advisory services, expert group meetings, and training seminars; backstop mentors and field staff.

•Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice reform and contribute to their promotion and dissemination among Member States.

•Provide substantive inputs and/or prepare the substantive and programmatic reports to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, ECOSOC, General Assembly and other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies; participate and assist in the substantive and administrative servicing of the meetings of those bodies.

•Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, including parts of regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.

•Explain and clarify to governments, government officials and representatives UNODC programme of work in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice reform.

•Contribute to fund-raising in relation to crime and justice related projects and programmes by preparing the materials and participating in donor meetings; building support for cost-sharing contributions from the Governments, and identifying local funding sources for UNODC projects and activities, etc.

•Liaise on substantive issues with counterparts in UN and UNODC, both in Vienna and in the field, officials of other organizations and specialized agencies; follow up on the UNODC decisions, issues and documentation with their officials.

•Play an active role in promoting joint work with other UN agencies and NGOs through joint tools, programmes and assessment missions.

•Provide guidance and supervision to support staff, Associate Experts and interns in their work.

•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has good knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to all areas of criminal justice reform and in-depth knowledge of and specialization in crime prevention. Has knowledge of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice specifically the work of UNODC’s criminal justice reform programme and other substantive areas of work of UNODC. Has very good analytical, judgement and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Is able to analyze expeditiously extensive substantive legal documentation and prepare comprehensive reports, summaries and policy briefs. Has sound skills in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies and in preparing policy and programmatic reports. 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 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.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, political science or other 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 professional experience in one or more areas covered by UNODC mandates, with several years of international experience in providing technical assistance in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice reform is required. A minimum of one year of work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English with good drafting ability is required. Working knowledge of Spanish or French is required. Working knowledge of a third United Nations official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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