Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 23 August 2017 - 06 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-84365-D-Vienna (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff at the D2 Level and above are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified an H category and family duty station.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 May 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Division for Operations, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. Under the supervision of the Executive Director of UNODC, and within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for leading, coordinating and managing technical assistance activities in the areas of drug control and crime prevention, and manage the work of the Division for Operations.

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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

•Direct and manage the Division for Operations, which comprises an extensive network of Field Offices, the Drug Prevention and Health Branch, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section, four Regional Sections and the Field Operations Management Support Section;

•Contribute to the formulation of the Office's overall strategies, policies and advocacy efforts by participating in the Executive Committee, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the Executive Director;

•Be an advocate for Change Management at UNODC for enhanced and more efficient operations;

•Formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the Division and oversee the management and implementation of its technical assistance activities, in the areas of drug control and crime prevention. Lead, coordinate, manage, support resource mobilization and further develop major programmes (both regional and thematic) in the areas of drug control and crime prevention. Ensure that programmed activities are delivered in a timely and effective fashion, and co-ordinate work within the Division and Office, as well as with senior representatives of both donor and recipient countries, other UN-system agencies, international financial institutions, and inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations;

•Ensure that regional programmes are developed and implemented in line with UNODC mandates and policies and ensure that their reporting, monitoring and evaluation is facilitated and carried out in an efficient and timely manner. Work closely with other UNODC Divisions and Field Offices to ensure synergy of efforts, regional coordination and feasibility of programme implementation and evaluation including a coherent and integrated technical cooperation approach and compliance with evaluation standards;

•Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Commission for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and other policy-making organs, including the General Assembly and ECOSOC, and report to such bodies on technical assistance needs, programme performance, substantive issues and funding needs, as appropriate;

•Oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including the preparation of results-based budgets, the monitoring and evaluation of performance parameters and indicators, and the reporting on budget/programme performance of a wide range of country, regional and global programmes falling under the responsibility of the Division for Operations; lead periodic programme development initiatives and inter-divisional and other field office monitoring missions;

•Ensure timely implementation of accepted audit observations related to integrated programming at Headquarters and in the field;

•Chair international meetings and programme steering committees, conferences and other events on substantive and operational issues, including inter-divisional committees at Headquarters; represent the Office at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; provide programmatic/substantive expertise on drug control and crime prevention issues, and hold programmatic/substantive/advocacy and organizational discussions with senior representatives of Member States and other institutions and partners;

•Oversee the recruitment of staff for the Division and Field Offices taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;

•Manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries;

•Perform other work related duties as requested by the Executive Director of the Office.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of development issues and ability to conceive and implement technical assistance programmes. In particular: (i) knowledge of United Nations policies, technical cooperation procedures and operations on the ground; (ii) Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and an understanding of the impact of the rule of law and good governance on their achievement; (iii) ability to represent the organization in discussions with senior officials in governments, international and regional organizations, civil society and at conferences and other meetings. 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.

• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• 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 degree) in economics, public administration, political or social science, international relations or similar field of study is required. A first level university degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in development planning and implementation of technical assistance programmes and projects at the national and international levels, with exposure to the areas of drug control and crime prevention is required. Work experience and assignments at a senior management level, in an international assistance capacity or with an intergovernmental organization, is required. Extensive work experience in field offices with exposure to the areas of drug control and crime prevention is required. Experience working and managing technical cooperation activities in the field, particularly in developing countries is required. Experience managing large work units made up of specialists in different fields and with a large portfolio of programmes is required. Experience working with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of at least a second official UN language is desirable.


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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