• Added Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Office for South-East Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Bangkok, Thailand. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

•Maintain a current knowledge of substantive and operational developments in the areas criminal justice and international cooperation in justice matters in Southeast Asia and the Pacific;

•Provide expert advice and contributions to improving cooperation among Member States in the region and relevant organizations, and provide technical assistance in that regard, in particular taking into account other programmes and the legal instruments of other inter-governmental organizations;

•Provide input to, and coordinate the preparation of, reports to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice as well as other intergovernmental bodies in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, and support the implementation of their Resolutions in Southeast Asia and the Pacific;

•Coordinate the work, guide and mentor project staff and consultants in their everyday work and ensure that staff is fully trained; prepare the work plans of all personnel attached to the Regional Programme’s Sub-Programme 4 on Criminal Justice and assign duties and priorities as required;

•Develop, disseminate and promote the use of UNODC tools, including handbooks and training curricula, in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice;

•Plan, organize and provide substantive support to all UNODC initiatives in Southeast Asia and the Pacific having components on criminal justice and international cooperation in justice matters;

•Lead and/or participate in needs assessment, programming, and other technical missions, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance projects, programmes and activities in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice;

•Develop and implement strategies for the Office by identifying areas of potential intervention, as well as for joint UN cooperation and programming, including the collaboration with other multilateral institutions and civil society in the assigned substantive area;

•Review programmatic and substantive sections of documents prepared by other UNODC Field Offices/Sections to ensure the correct reflection of policies and activities related to the assigned work area;

•Ensure timely and efficient project management, including project and budget revisions, reporting and monitoring, and negotiations with external counterparts;

•Ensure regular communication with all to the initiatives under Sub-Programme 4, and ensure that reporting obligations and other obligations towards the donors are fulfilled in a timely manner;

•Draft reports and position papers related to operational activities, as well as visibility/communication material, and as necessary, provide input to UNODC management for the analysis of related development and policy issues;

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to international cooperation in justice matters and criminal justice, especially criminal procedure and proceedings under different legal systems. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as the mandates of UNODC. Has knowledge of policies and processes related to programme/project development, implementation, administration and evaluation as well as technical cooperation programming and budgeting. Is able to identify issues and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. 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.

•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.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, with emphasis in the areas of crime prevention and/or criminal law, or in social sciences or 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience, including at the international level, in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice is required.
Field work experience at the international level in building the capacity of government officials and in the development of technical assistance activities in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice are required.
Work experience in developing, strengthening or improving partnership and cooperation between Member States and international organizations is required.
Past national and/or international project management experience on criminal matters is required.
Experience in multilateral negotiations is desirable.
Work experience in/with Southeast Asian Countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an asset.


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.

Bangkok is classified an A 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, 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 with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

No Fee


This vacancy is archived.

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