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Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Counter-cybercrime Programming)

UN Offices

Job Description

This position is located in the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and substantive guidance of the Programme Coordinator (Global Programme on Cybercrime).

For more information on UNODC, please visit www.unodc.org.


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties: •Provide substantive support to the Global Programme in the development and implementation of its activities, especially in Latin America.

•Provide inputs to and review relevant project documents, in Spanish and English; prepare inputs for project progress reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; ensure follow-up actions.

•Participate in and coordinate the recruitment of specialist Consultants, Support Staff and Interns as appropriate; coordinate needs assessments; organize expert group meetings, working group meetings, Capacity Building events and other meetings and conferences, including preparation of agenda, identification of participants and training providers, preparation of documents and presentations; coordinate the preparation of counter-cybercrime academic courses, learning materials and case studies.

•Monitor financial resources; monitor expenditures and funds utilization.

•In Coordination with the Programme Coordinator (Global Programme on Cybercrime), liaise with relevant parties, such as with Ministries of Interior, Ministries of Justice, Attorney General Offices, and Supreme Courts in selected countries, in particular in Spanish-speaking countries.

•Participate in and conduct field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials, academics and other parties and draft mission reports and define appropriate follow-up tasks.

•Coordinate with relevant substantive Sections of UNODC to ensure that proper substantive expertise is provided in the implementation of the Global Programme as applicable. Disseminate and promote the use of relevant UNODC tools.

•Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in the area of cybercrime and digital forensics.

•Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources in the field of cybercrime and cyber-enables cases, as applicable.

•Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background paper, Analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications etc.

•Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the area of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, particularly counter-cybercrime capacity building. Has knowledge of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research, data collection and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Is able to apply judgment in the context of 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.

• 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.

• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public or business Administration, management, law, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, or a 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 the field of crime prevention and criminal justice in an international, governmental, private or civil society organization in a multi-cultural setting is required.

Experience in delivering technical assistance to specialized investigation and/or prosecution units dealing with complex criminality and in the development of technical tools or research is required.

Experience in project implementation and programme management support at various levels (national, regional or cross-regional) is desirable.

Work experience at the international level including experience within the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable.

Experience working at organizational headquarters and in the field, including in countries of conflict or post-conflict dealing with criminal justice challenges is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English and Spanish is required. Fluency in another United Nations official language is 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. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of 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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified an 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.

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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