UN Offices

Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Alternatives to Imprisonment / Detention)

UN Offices

Job Description

This post is located in the UNODC Country Office in Afghanistan (COAFG) in Kabul, Afghanistan. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the UNODC Country Representative, and/or his designated official. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Management Team, the Operations Team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, and civil society to successfully implement the UNODC Criminal Justice subprogramme. For more information on UNODC, please visit the following website: www.unodc.org


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties: •Facilitate, against the background of prison overcrowding, the objectives of the project “Promoting non-custodial measures in Afghanistan: Alternatives to Imprisonment/Detention” to improve the framework for consistent and effective application of non-custodial measures in the Afghan Criminal Justice System. This includes matters related to serious human rights violations, prisons serving as a breeding ground for violent extremism, the negative impact on recidivism rates and the (financial/administrative) sustainability of the corrections system; •Act as the manager/coordinator of the project; contribute to the Criminal Justice team in strategic planning and identify new project areas while ensuring consistency with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and other UNODC priorities and strategies and respond to emerging challenges and opportunities related to criminal justice; •Carry out programmatic / administrative tasks for the achievement of expected results based on performance indicators; draft project and donor reports; coordinate activities related to budget and funding; supervise project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the project; ensure compliance with United Nations financial rules and regulations and initiate project and / or budget revisions; •Coordinate and liaise with Government counterparts, donors and other stakeholders facilitating programme implementation; •Ensure timely and high-quality delivery of all programme activities; •Provide high level technical advice to government in accordance with international standards and law; •Guide Capacity Building work with the Government of Afghanistan through mentoring Government counterparts, identifying new needs on the part of counterparts, and assist in developing programming to meet those needs; •Coordinate the work of assigned UNODC criminal justice staff and guide the technical work of the assigned staff; •Ensure reporting to all donors; maintain a close working relationship with the UNODC substantive units in Vienna and other UNODC related criminal justice programmes; •Ensure that operations, financial management, procurement, logistics, liaison and communication activities performed are conducted according to UNODC standards and procedures; •Liaise with UNDP (associated agency in execution) to ensure timely support for project implementation; •Prepare and disseminate terms of reference for evaluation and plan project evaluation missions; •Expedite and endorse submissions, according to UN procedures and programme documents, all required operational documents for project implementation, ensure timely project reviews, revisions, monitoring and completion of related reporting obligations, etc.; •Identify new potential criminal justice activities, develop those ideas into projects or components of existing projects, and lead the process, in collaboration with colleagues in Vienna, of mobilizing resources to fund these activities; •Organize and implement Training Courses, seminars, working groups, workshops and study visits, ensuring timely selection of candidates and submission for reports from participants upon completion of the related activities; •Provide advice to UNODC management on programme and strategic planning in the assigned area and coordinate the related planning and reporting exercises; •Perform ongoing liaison with UNODC Justice Section in developing tools to promote the use and application of United Nations Standards and Norms in CPCJ; •Facilitate and develop partnerships with other UN agencies and international Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on CPCJ matters; •Carry out other work-related tasks, as assigned.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Crime Prevention and criminal justice related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international Drug Control and crime prevention as well as the mandates of UNODC. Has practical knowledge of programme/project management and Administration. Has good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of problems relating to crime prevention and criminal justice issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and Analysis. Has ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignment given, ability to plan own work, coordinate the work of others 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. •Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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, criminology, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public administration, or related area 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 7 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in crime prevention and criminal justice matters, in particular alternatives to imprisonment and detention, prison and penal reform, is required. Experience in managing integrated programmes in relevant areas is required. Experience in developing, transitional or post-conflict countries in matters related to crime prevention and criminal justice matters is desirable. Work experience in the United Nations system 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 is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include and assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project-funded position. 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. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Afghanistan is classified in the E category, non-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. The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General. 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.

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