• Added Date: Thursday, 23 May 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 21 June 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Conference Support Section (CSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section.

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

•Contribute to and support the development of the secure module of SHERLOC (Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws on Crime) Knowledge Management Portal dedicated to the mechanism for the review of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its Protocols;

•Support States parties to UNTOC and its three Protocols with the information gathering process of the review mechanism;

•Support the knowledge management of information on the implementation of UNTOC and its three Protocols;

•Carry out legal research into efforts done by States parties in implementing UNTOC and its Protocols, including: researching, selecting and analyzing relevant legislation, case law and policies, etc., and uploading them onto SHERLOC;

•Contribute to the planning, organizing and substantively servicing capacity building activities, including trainings on the implementation of the review process of UNTOC and its Protocols and legislative assistance to combat organized crime;

•Participate in organizing the sessions of the Conference of the Parties and its Working Groups, including the organization of side events;

•Contribute and provide input to the preparation of briefing notes, talking points, speaking notes, speeches and coordination of a variety of inputs on UNTOC and its Protocols for senior management and/or States parties;

•Participate in the drawing of lots process; service, record and keep track of the drawing of lots and of country pairings; follow-up on redrawing and queries related to the pairings if necessary;

•Provide support to general administration and programme management tasks, especially those that relate to programmes and projects on the implementation of UNTOC and its Protocols.

•Perform other work related duties as may be required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in particular, has substantive knowledge of UNTOC. Has very good research and analytical skills and is able to evaluate, identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Is able to analyse expeditiously extensive substantive legal documentation and prepare comprehensive reports and summaries. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of the assignments given, plan own work 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 & 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international law, criminal law, criminology or international relations or other related fields 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 years of progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice matters at the international level, including in international cooperation on criminal matters is required. Work experience of engagement in intergovernmental processes is required. Experience in data management, servicing intergovernmental bodies and in legislative assistance is desirable. Work experience in knowledge management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English with excellent communication skills is required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is highly desirable.


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.

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.

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, 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


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