Programme Officer (Criminal Justice)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP) 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 Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, both based in Bangkok.

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

•Plan, organize and provide substantive support to UNODC programmes in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to facilitate the provision of technical assistance in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, particularly in the field of international cooperation in criminal matters including mutual legal assistance (MLA) and extradition (in coordination with activities of the judicial cooperation network for the Southeast Asia region) as well as direct technical assistance to Member States upon request;

•Provide technical expertise and guidance to national and regional counterparts, and project staff in the implementation of technical assistance projects, programmes and activities in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice;

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

•Participate in the development and implementation of strategies for the Office by identifying areas of potential intervention as well as for inter-agency cooperation and joint programming, including the collaboration with other multilateral institutions and civil society in the assigned substantive area;

•Develop, review and appraise best practices, methodologies and programmes, in particular in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice, and contribute to their promotion and dissemination; pilot test promising practices through the design of special programmes and projects;

•Contribute to, disseminate and promote the use of UNODC tools, including handbooks, training curricula and the MLA Request Writer Tool, in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, including the coordination of the work of consultants and other staff as required;

•Organize, conduct and participate in workshops, training sessions and conferences as required, and provide technical guidance in the assigned substantive area including preparing and delivering presentations;

•Carry out programmatic and administrative tasks for the Sub-Programme 4 (Criminal Justice), including development of proposals and reports to donors and the management of funding, with the support and supervision from the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer;

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular international cooperation in criminal matters, as well as the relevant mandates of UNODC. Has good knowledge of policies and processes related to technical cooperation programme/project development, implementation, administration and evaluation as well as programming and budgeting. Has good analytical, planning, organizational and evaluative skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

•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, preferably with emphasis in the area of criminal justice and international cooperation in criminal matters, or 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 five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience, including at the international level, in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice is required.
Project management experience is required.
Field-based work experience in technical cooperation and programme/project development to build the capacities of foreign officials in the area of criminal justice is desirable.
Experience in engaging in international cooperation in criminal matters 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 National official language is an advantage.


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.

Bangkok is classified as A 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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