Programme Officer (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice)

  • Added Date: Monday, 12 February 2018
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), 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 Senior Programme Manager (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice) and under the overall guidance of the Chief, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB). In connection with the project “Implementation of the Doha Declaration: towards the promotion of a culture of lawfulness” and as part of the project management team, the incumbent will closely coordinate and liaise with the teams responsible for the project’s implementation in the various sections and branches of UNODC, such as the Justice Section (JS/DO), the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB) and the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB).

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Within assigned authority,the Programme Officer (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice) will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of activities and operations of specific project segments, and perform the following specific duties:
•Provide support to and advise the Senior Programme Officer on project development and delivery, identify and implement approaches and techniques to achieve targets on time.
•Assist in managing UNODC’s commitments within the time and budgets agreed upon, and in accordance with results and other benchmarks of the project documents and the funding agreement with the donor.
•Assist in developing and coordinating a detailed workplan for the implementation of the activities foreseen under the funding agreement. Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
•Support the monitoring and reporting activities in collaboration with the teams responsible for the implementation of the project’s sub-components, including the preparation and timely submission of the project progress reports, by providing technical guidance and coordination support. Develop and deploy standard project managing tools. Provide timely and accurate project tracking, analysis of outputs, and reporting. Provide quality assurance and oversight of project documents. Coordinate the timely preparation and quality control of work plans, substantive and financial reports, and report to the donor as per financing agreement.
•Identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions. Liaise with relevant parties. Identify and initiate follow-up actions.
•Provide support to the teams responsible for the project’s sub-components with planning, execution, and delivery of the project, ensuring incorporation of best practices in project management processes, identifying potential project cost overruns, time delays or quality deficiencies, and implement actions for rectification.
•Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Support the preparation and conduct of the Follow-up Committee meetings, including the preparation of all necessary documentation and reports, request and review of written materials and other substantive documents and reports for members of the Follow-up Committee, as well as facilitate follow-up.
•Support the regular communication with the donor to the Global Programme, the Ministry of Interior of the States of Qatar, as well as the Permanent Mission of Qatar, including regular oral briefings, progress reports and other communications.
•Contribute to ensuring consistency of approaches and actions in UNODC, effective coordination with relevant UN bodies on issues related to crime prevention and criminal justice; coordinate the preparation of policy-oriented documentation on the implementation of the Doha Declaration; contribute to the preparation of annual reports on the implementation of the Doha Declaration to competent UN intergovernmental bodies; ensure that the preparations for the 14th Congress reflect fully progress in the implementation of the programme.
•Support the effective communication within the project team regarding logical frameworks, baselines, use of performance indicators, reporting and planning of evaluations.
•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has some knowledge of United Nations’ policies, procedures and practices, as well as familiarity with the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the UNODC, including gender and human rights aspects. Has thorough knowledge and understanding of rules and practices relevant to project management cycle. Has proven conceptual, analytical, and evaluative skills, ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options, arrive at conclusions, and make sound recommendations. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Results Based Management (RBM), monitoring, reporting and evaluation tools, in particular as regards the DAC (Development Assistance Committee) criteria. 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.
•Accountability: 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public or business administration, project management or 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 relevant professional experience in crime prevention, rule of law and governance, preferably in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization in a multi-cultural setting is required. Experience in project development and implementation, including in results-based management, monitoring and evaluation is required. Experience in developing practical guidance and tools on RBM, monitoring, evaluation and reporting is desirable. Operational experience with the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

Vienna is classified as an H 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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No Fee


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