Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 08 March 2018 - 21 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-93960-R-Vienna (G)
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 Implementation Support Section (ISS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and substantive guidance of the Chief of ISS.

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

•Provide advice to the Chief of Section on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra- and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures;
•Coordinate the preparation of inputs for the work programme of the Section, determining priorities and allocating resources in consultation with the Chief of the Section/Branch, for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
•Contribute to the delivery of technical assistance activities under the programmes of the Section/Branch and the Field Offices, as appropriate;
•Develop, review and appraise best practices, methodologies and programmes and contribute to their promotion and dissemination; pilot-test promising practices through the design of special programmes and projects;
•Draft and/or coordinate the drafting of parliamentary documents for the Governing Bodies of UNODC, with a particular focus on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, as well as for other policy-making, legislative and technical intergovernmental bodies, as appropriate;
•Support the work of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs by, inter alia, drafting substantive parliamentary documents using data collected from Member States and by preparing and delivering presentations, leading workshops, roundtables, etc., on topics related to the operational aspects of countering organized crime and illicit trafficking;
•Coordinate the Section’s contribution to the Branch’s reporting on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, including reporting obligations under IMDIS;
•Plan, organize and carry out ongoing reviews, monitoring and analysis of diverse activities undertaken by the Section at the national, regional and/or global levels; serve as focal point for results-based management within the Section;
•Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting and monitoring of staff performance, assist with recruitment of staff for the Section;
•Represent the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences on substantive issues;
•Coordinate work assignments, guide, support and train staff as required;
•Perform other work related duties as assigned.


•Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge and specialization in substantive areas related to countering organized crime and illicit trafficking, as well as programme management. Has 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 very good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and ability to review and edit the work of others. Is familiar with and experienced in the use of various research sources and in data collection and analysis for the preparation of technical publications. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

•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.


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, and/or countering organized crime and illicit trafficking 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 conducting social science-related research and analysing qualitative and quantitative data is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised 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 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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