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Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Asset Management)-

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Job Description


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Office in Mozambique (POMOZ), operating under the Regional Office for Southern Africa in Pretoria, South Africa (ROSAF) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Maputo, Mozambique. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator heading POMOZ under the overall supervision of the UNODC Representative, ROSAF. S/he will receive substantive and policy guidance from senior and other officials in the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), UNODC eadquarters, Vienna, and in ROSAF. The incumbent will be expected to be partially embedded in the Asset Management team within the Ministry of Finance of Mozambique.

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Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Asset Management) will carry out a range of functions to support the implementation of the “Effective Management of Seized and Confiscated Assets in Mozambique” project. The project is developed under the “Maputo Roadmap” a policy document, agreed between UNODC and the Government of Mozambique in September 2019 to stregthen Mozambique`s response to transnational organized crime, drugs and terrorism, with corruption and money-laundering as a cross-cutting theme. The incumbent is expected to work in close coordination and contact with the asset management team embedded in the Ministry of Finance of Mozambique. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Provide substantive and Technical Support to the development and implementation of the assigned project in full compliance with the overall substantive and operational guidelines established by UNODC.

•Assist and coordinate capacity-building programmes in the country in the field of management of recovered assets.

•Collect, review and analyze relevant data from substantive UNODC units, POMOZ, ROSAF and executing agencies in the area of management of recovered assets; liaise with Government officials, representatives from other United Nations entities and multilateral and bilateral sources to assist in the collection, review and Analysis of project data.

•Support the development of Mozambique’s legislative, regulatory and policy framework on the management of frozen, seized and confiscated assets by providing legislative assistance and technical advice as required.

•Provide support to the establishment of an enhanced asset management system, including an inter-agency coordination system on asset management.

•Coordinate UNODC’s operational support to the Asset Management Office and coordinate as appropriate with the Asset Recovery Office.

•Coordinate with partners/stakeholders involved in the asset recovery efforts and provide support as required in collaboration with the UNODC/World Bank Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) and UNODC’s regional initiatives in this area from an asset management perspective.

•Support the establishment of an inventory system of frozen, seized, and confiscated assets in coordination with the relevant national institution.

•Assist in elaborating and appraising proposals for activities to be carried out under the project as appropriate.

•Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.; contribute to and prepare briefing notes and summary reports on POMOZ and the programmes/projects for the Executive Director, senior management and senior official visitors to UNODC and for relevant consultations with donors, as well as for other major UNODC events; draft routine day-to-day correspondence to ROSAF, HQ and other relevant UNODC Field Offices, other United Nations entities, as well as, in appropriate cases, to Government authorities.

•Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.; undertake outreach activities, and communication material for various audiences; conduct training workshops and seminars; make presentations on implementation and progress of the projects as well as other related topics/activities.

•Participate in field missions in Mozambique, as appropriate, including the provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, reports, etc.; support all actions related to maintaining the flow of information on matters related to the project and coordinate activities related to budget and funding (progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports.

•Keep abreast of social, economic and political development in the ROSAF region, particularly those relevant to UNODC mandates and the implementation of programmes/projects.

•Perform other work related duties as may be assigned.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to all areas of Drug Control and crime prevention and in particular asset management. Has knowledge of and specialization in areas of drug abuse prevention, law enforcement, and criminal justice reform. Possesses sound knowledge of international cooperation in crime prevention/criminal justice. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC. Knows and specializes in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Knows 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, social sciences, economics, international relations, political science, public Administration, management 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 years of progressively responsible professional experience in technical cooperation and programme management in one or several of the following areas is required: drug control activities, crime or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, criminal justice, security sector, governance, public administration, peace-building, conflict prevention or other related areas.

Work experience with regulations on asset management and/or asset recovery is required.

Work experience in designing tailored trainings and mentoring on asset management and/or asset recovery is required.

Work experience in management of seized assets is desirable.

Work experience in investigating or prosecuting crimes involving considerable seizure of assets is desirable.

Work experience with key stakeholder for the purpose of asset management 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 Portuguese is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is desirable.


Evaluations 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.

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.

Maputo is classified in the B category (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.

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