Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 08 March 2018 - 06 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-93713-R-Vienna (X)
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 Office of the Chief of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Branch.

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Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice) will be responsible for the following duties:

•Provide management support to the Chief of the Branch for the implementation of the programme of work of the Branch, especially with a view to promoting the ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC and its Protocols) and supporting the work of the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC.

•Perform lead responsibility for the preparation and coordination of Branch-level inputs for programme planning and reporting. Contribute to managing human and financial resources, guiding staff and experts, carrying out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the proper functioning of the assigned substantive area, including preparation of budgets, performance indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and result-based management. Participate in and contribute to the substantive coordination of activities with other UNODC entities, Member States and external partner organizations.
•Coordinate the conceptualization and preparation of policy and programmatic reports and identification of recommendations for the consideration of the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, ECOSOC, the General Assembly, the United Nations Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and other pertinent legislative and technical bodies. Provide substantive servicing to the meetings of these bodies, as appropriate. Provide policy, substantive and procedural advice and liaison to requesting delegations of Member States.

•Plan, implement, backstop and coordinate, as required, technical assistance activities, specialized services, technical publications, programmes and/or projects related to preventing and countering organized crime, emerging crimes and illicit drug trafficking; assess technical assistance needs, formulate proposals for meeting them and assist governments in their implementation.

•Provide specialized substantive expertise related to countering transnational organized crime, emerging crimes and illicit drug trafficking, including in relation to the crime prevention and criminal justice dimensions and related international cooperation; provide specialized advice; monitor developments, assess implications and formulate policy and programme responses; formulate related recommendations for consideration by senior management; prepare and carry-out related technical briefings.

•Take active part, representing OCB’s programme in different intergovernmental and inter-agency meetings and undertake consultations with representatives of Member States. Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.

•Provide support in the conceptualization, preparation and coordination of substantive and policy papers with respect to the different work areas of the Branch, as well as for the coordination of Branch-level and UNODC-level inputs for UN Secretariat- and UN system-wide and other relevant policy and strategy documents.

•Perform other work related duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and expert knowledge of preventing and combating drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, including human trafficking, smuggling in migrants and trafficking in firearms, especially their legislative, policy and programmatic aspects. Has expert knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has expertise in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies, programme formulation, coordination and management. Is able to formulate and coordinate complex policy and strategy papers and documents. Is able to provide advice and assistance to Government officials in matters pertaining to the UNTOC, countering transnational organized crime and emerging crimes. Demonstrates ability to conceptualize, coordinate and finalize specialized technical publications related to the UNTOC, transnational organized crime and emerging crimes. 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international law, criminal law, public or business administration or international relations, is required. Specialization in international criminal law or in the legal and related aspects of organized crime is highly desirable. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least seven years of progressively responsible and directly relevant professional experience in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice or related issues is required. Work experience in policy and programme development, programme planning, reporting, implementation monitoring, coordination and management is required. Work experience in the substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies and providing legislative assistance is required. Work experience related to international cooperation in criminal matters is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (oral and written) with excellent drafting and communication skills is required. Fluency in another United Nations official language is highly desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year.

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.

Vienna is classified as a H and 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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