Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Section, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 16 May 2018 - 29 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-97248-J-Vienna (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Implementation Support Section I (Asia and Europe) of the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA). The incumbent works under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of the Branch and leads, coordinates, and supervises the work of staff assigned to the Section.

This temporary position is available until 31st January 2019. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration is subject to availability of the post and funding.

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Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section is responsible for the following duties:

o Provide advice and input to the Chief of Branch on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies, policies, and procedures and in the planning and preparation of other materials as required for the functioning of the Branch.

o Plan and oversee the management of activities undertaken by the Section; coordinate the work of the Section; supervise and evaluate staff assigned to it; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries; oversee quality of outputs and services within the Section and ensure that they comply with the relevant mandates, objectives and priorities of the Office as well as with rules and regulations; ensure that the substantive work programme and programmed activities are carried out, coordinate diverse projects in the Section, and coordinate with other Sections within the Branch and other offices of UNODC, as appropriate.

o Provide leadership and guide programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, such as preparation of budgets, determining performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on programme performance; leading the management of human and financial resources of the Section; contributing inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management; lead the preparation of programme proposals and related reports.

o Provide substantive leadership for the conceptualization, planning, implementation and coordination of a variety of technical assistance activities, including capacity building for national criminal justice systems aimed at strengthening the legal regime against terrorism, its effective implementation at the national and global levels and the facilitation of related international cooperation; and coordinate the delivery of specialized expertise in thematic areas and coordinate the preparation of technical publications and other products and initiatives in criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention.

o Lead technical missions to assess the needs, formulate remedial proposals and elaborate technical assistance activities; undertake consultations and liaise with senior officials of governments and international organizations and funding institutions.

o Work closely with other organizational entities in or outside of UNODC on the identification of funding needs, priorities and/or other sources. Initiate, guide and coordinate resource mobilization and fund-raising activities.

o Represent the Organization at international and regional meetings/conferences on substantive and programmatic issues and provide expertise on specific issues.


In-depth substantive knowledge of the legal, criminal justice and related dimensions of counter-terrorism. Demonstrated expertise to provide sound policy and substantive leadership and advice in the complex legal and criminal justice dimensions of terrorism prevention; to provide leadership, guidance and review for the development of related specialized documents such as training manuals and technical publications; and to lead programme planning and monitoring and results-based management. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction and provide innovative substantive and technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development and management of operations and/or programmes of work. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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 & 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.

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands when necessary. 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) in law, preferably in criminal law or international law, international relations or closely related field is required. Specialization in the legal and related aspects of terrorism prevention and their international dimensions is highly desirable. 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 ten years of progressively responsible professional experience and directly relevant professional experience in the legal aspects of terrorism prevention, crime prevention, criminal justice or rule of law is required. Experience in programme planning and programme management is required. Experience in managing and substantively leading technical assistance programmes in terrorism prevention, especially for Asia and Europe regions, is desirable. Work experience both at the national and international level is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English and Russian, (both oral and written, with excellent drafting skills) is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish) is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 1st January 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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