Job description


  • Entry level
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  • Salary to negotiate
  • Vienna


This position is located in the Implementation Support Section (ISS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), Company 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.


Within the delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:
* Provide advice to the Chief of Section and other units at UNODC Headquarters and Field Offices on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra- and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures in the field of law enforcement related to countering transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking;
* 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, for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
* 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;
* Provide professional inputs and technical support on topics related to law enforcement in countering transnational organised crime and illicit trafficking to the work of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) as well as to the Subsidiary bodies of CND - Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA - Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean) and Sub-commission on Illicit Drug Traffic and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East.
* Contribute to the delivery of technical assistance activities under the programmes of the Section and the Field Offices, as appropriate;
* Coordinate the Section's contribution to the Section's reporting on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, including reporting obligations under IMDIS;
* 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;
* 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;
* Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting and evaluation of staff performance, assist with recruitment of staff for the Section;
* Contribute to the delivery of technical cooperation by the field offices network;
* Guide and train staff as required;
* Represent the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences on substantive issues as might be required;
* Perform other work related duties as assigned.


* Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and sound practices relevant to combating crime and illicit trafficking related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, judiciary, prosecution, human trafficking, organized crime, financial crime and related areas. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has up to date knowledge of Company policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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.

* 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.


An advanced university (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of law enforcement, law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention is required. A first-level university degree or equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other law enforcement staff training institution, with specialization in law enforcement, criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in the area of law enforcement, organized crime, drug trafficking, border management, security or related areas, of which several years at the international level, is required.
Experience in the Company or similar international organizations' technical assistance management methods and practical experience with financial and administrative rules are highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the Company Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official Company language 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 13 March 2020. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration is subject to availability of the post and funding. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the Company 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.

* Staff members of the Company 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.

Company Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the Company, 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 Company if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term "sexual harassment" means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes

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