Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Counter-Cybercrime Advisor), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 08 March 2018 - 06 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-93018-R-Cairo (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Cairo, Egypt. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit), with additional substantive guidance from the UNODC Senior Expert on Cybercrime and Emerging Crimes, based at UNODC headquarters in Vienna. In undertaking his/her tasks, the incumbent will be part of the Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit (PCAU) located in ROMENA.

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The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Maintain a current knowledge of substantive and operational developments in the area of cybercrime and related trends at national, regional and international levels;

• Provide expert advice and contribution to improving apolitical cooperation with Member States and relevant organizations and provide technical assistance in that regard, in particular taking into account technical assistance programmes and legal instruments of other inter-governmental organizations;

• Coordinate and guide the work of project staff and national/international consultants/experts;

• Organize and conduct training sessions on prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cybercrime and crimes committed by means of technology, and provide technical advice to project counterparts upon request;

• Organize and conduct training sessions on digital forensics and all related technologies, and provide technical advice to project counterparts upon request;

• Coordinate the organization and/or delivery of a variety of specialized technical services for the government, e.g. expert group meetings, training seminars, study tours, etc., in order to assist the region to reach the project objectives;

• Identify, prepare and contribute to the development of proposals, tools etc. and prepare documents, in collaboration with substantive Headquarters (HQ) and field offices, in areas of new forms and dimensions of transnational organized crime, especially cybercrime;

• Under the guidance of the UNODC HQ Senior Expert on Cybercirme, provide policy advice on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies to counter emerging crimes, with specific emphasis on cybercrime;

• Be involved in procurement matters, including in the conducting of needs assessment missions and setting benchmarks, preparing technical specifications and evaluation criteria, and monitoring the use of procured items;

• Participate in and report to the Project Steering Committee and other relevant coordination bodies, including the mid-term and terminal review meetings;

• Contribute to the effective mobilization of resources for regional and national programmes;

• Prepare, update and maintain documentation and technical/procedure manuals;

• Ensure timely and efficient project management, including project and budget revisions, reporting and monitoring, and negotiations with external counterparts;

• Ensure regular communication with all project donors, and ensure that reporting obligations and other obligations towards the donors are fulfilled in a timely manner;

• Draft reports and position papers related to operational activities, and as necessary, provide inputs to UNODC management for the analysis of related development and policy issues;

• Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has demonstrated knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to combating cybercrime in general, and investigation techniques in particular. Has knowledge of policies and practices in the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good research, conceptual analytical and evaluative skills. Is able to identify key issues, opportunities and risks and to analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, demonstrating diplomatic skills. Is able to provide sound technical advice, apply good judgment, manage conflicting priorities as well as oversee and coordinate operations. 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, information systems, engineering, law, criminology, criminal justice, police studies or related field with a specific focus in cybercrime is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional and practical experience in government, public or private sector in cybercrime investigation, digital forensics or related area is required. International experience or previous involvement in criminal investigations is desirable. Working experience in the Arab region is also desirable. Experience in the implementation, management, and monitoring of technical assistance projects as well as a practical background in mentoring and training is desirable, Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Fluency in Arabic is highly desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages 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.

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.

Cairo is classified in the A category and as a 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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