Job Opening

Posting Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: ALGIERS_ISC
Posting Period: 12 March 2018 - 10 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-94001-R-Algiers (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 at the UNODC Programme Office in Algiers, Algeria that falls under the management of the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Cairo, Egypt. Under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, the incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling) and the additional supervision of the Programme Coordinator, Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit (PCAU), both at ROMENA

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will provide coordinative, substantive and technical support to the implementation of the UNODC activities in Algeria pertaining to the regional project, “Strengthening the framework of the Arab Region to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling”. This project aims to reach its objectives through the delivery of national and regional specialized training workshops and by establishing a regional coordinating framework, which will bring together the potential and capabilities of all interested partners in a concerted and effective manner.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

1. Support the coordination, development and implementation of UNODC activities in Algeria under the regional project “Strengthening the framework of the Arab Region to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling”:

•Coordinate the daily activities associated with the implementation of the project, including through providing proper guidance to national project staff and in close coordination with other national and international stakeholders.

•Ensure sound planning, management and coordination associated with the implementation of the project strategy as per the UNODC project document, including by means of preparing detailed and costed work plans for the timely and realistic achievement of project objectives.

•Facilitate and provide training and other capacity-building assistance for law enforcement and criminal justice actors, including the development of related technical material: Participate in the design and facilitate national and regional training activities related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; prepare and provide input to standardized training materials; facilitate and carry out training activities, as required; review and revise relevant UNODC training and capacity-building tools; promote their use and application by respective target groups; compile information on best practices in the response to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; coordinate and liaise with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions that are active in the provision of training on related issues at the national and regional levels.

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

•Conduct timely project reviews, revisions, monitoring and completion of related reporting obligations, the latter related both to UNODC and to individual donors, as applicable, and in accordance with UNODC project management policies and guidelines.

•Liaise at the operational and management levels with Government counterparts, focal points and other relevant staff to ensure that project events and related logistical arrangements (travel, accommodation, etc.) as well as other project activities run smoothly, and that project objectives are achieved in a timely manner.

•Liaise with the relevant technical units at ROMENA as well as with relevant counterparts for overall planning, inputs and recommendations for project implementation.

•Assist in the identification of both international and national consultants and additional trainers to undertake specific project activities, in close coordination with UNODC technical experts at ROMENA, and supervise the quality and achievement of specific assignments.

•Coordinate the work of and provide guidance to national personnel recruited under the project.

•Facilitate on-site assessments, information gathering and information development.

•Undertake the above assignments as ad hoc additional support for activities in other countries of the MENA region, as required.

•Perform other work related duties as required.

2. Within the framework of the Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit (PCAU), support the development of UNODC activities and technical assistance a) in Algeria in all mandate areas and b) in the MENA region on human trafficking and migrant smuggling:

•Keep abreast with political, security and health developments in Algeria and falling under UNODC mandates.

•When needed, provide support to all ROMENA projects having operations in Algeria by liaising on the ground with the national authorities.

•Contribute to identify and to support the development of new initiatives and possible UNODC support in Algeria, in close cooperation with relevant national counterparts and international donors.

•Assist in the mobilization of additional resources for the implementation in Algeria of new or scaled-up ROMENA projects.

•Undertake research on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants’ legislation in the Maghreb and provide specialized substantive expertise to legal assessments and legislative assistance.

•Participate in conferences, deliver presentations and disseminate information on UNODC migrant smuggling and human trafficking initiatives.

•Contribute to updating (reviewing and revising) relevant training tools, and promote their use and application by respective target groups in the MENA region.

•Provide technical expertise and assistance to other UNODC initiatives in the region in the areas of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

•Promote and strengthen collaborative initiatives between UNODC and other United Nations agencies in Algeria, but also in the region as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime and/or terrorism-related issues, notably human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Has operational knowledge of investigation techniques, judiciary practices in criminal proceedings, and training methodologies. Has some knowledge of various legal/court systems. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Is able to apply judgement in the context of the assignment 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.

•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.

•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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, economics, international relations, law, political science, social science or a 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 (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal justice, international relations, international criminal law or related areas is required. Work experience in the field of counter-migrant smuggling and/or human trafficking and/or law enforcement capacity-building is required. Project management experience is also required. Relevant experience in a field environment, notably the Middle East and North Africa, 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 French and English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language 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 the 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.

Algiers is classified as a B and 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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