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Criminal Justice Expert

New Delhi (India)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi (India)
  • Grade: SB-5 (SC10/SC11), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Peace and Development
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-09

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is the main UN agency in the fight against illicit drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism in virtue of the UN Conventions and Universal Instruments in this regard. The UNODC Regional Office for South Asia (UNODC ROSA) is located in New Delhi (India) and covers six countries of the region: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Under its Regional Programme for South Asia for the period 2018-2021, UNODC is delivering technical assistance to South Asia under the following five sub-programmes: (1) countering transnational organized crime; (2) a comprehensive response to the drug problem (drug trafficking & drugs and health); (3) countering corruption; (4) terrorism prevention; (5) crime prevention and criminal justice.

In order to expand programming under sub-programme 5 on crime prevention and criminal justice initiatives, UNODC Regional Office for South Asia seeks to hire the services of a Criminal Justice (CJ) Expert.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UNODC Deputy Representative and overall supervision/guidance of the Representative, the incumbent will perform the following functions:
The CJ Expert will implement relevant activities and provide assistance to build and expand the criminal justice and crime prevention portfolio of the Office.
He/she will also liaise with the UNODC project teams in the countries of the South Asia region and perform the following duties:
• Coordinate and take forward key initiatives under the criminal justice pillar of the Regional Programme, including the implementation of UNODC’s initiatives and projects on prison reform and related areas in South Asia;
• Participate in strategic planning, development, management and implementation of UNODC South Asia’s work related to criminal justice and crime prevention;
• Plan, organize, coordinate and provide backstopping to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of relevant UNODC activities;
• Maintain regular contact, foster cooperation and work in close coordination with national and international drug, crime, criminal justice and terrorism authorities and other relevant counterparts;
• Participate in relevant UN working groups and contribute to key outcomes of the joint UN workplans and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks;
• Coordinate the development of project workplans, project and budget revisions, terms of references and other project documentation; lead the timely preparation and submission of project progress reports;
• Develop funding proposals and contribute to fund raising and visibility efforts of the Office;
• Represent UNODC in relevant national and international fora as deputed by senior management;
• Ensure effective communication and coordination with stakeholders, including regional and international partners;
• Conduct relevant criminal justice assessments and understand the gaps in knowledge and skills, with a focus on human rights.
• Analyze relevant laws/legislations relating to organized crime and criminal justice mandates of UNODC.

• Deliver training to UNODC counterparts on criminal justice initiatives being implemented by the Office;
• Establish and maintain permanent contacts with the relevant technical counterparts at both Central and Local level, NGOs and development partners.
• Work closely with the Office management and Programme Coordinators to review criminal justice written outputs and documents;
• Provide inputs and facilitate the development of the M&E frameworks and country specific M&E frameworks, in relevant areas.
• Act as the focal point for maintaining and updating a standard set of project monitoring tools, including reports on project implementation and progress reports on substantive and financial status from partner of project portfolio.
• Monitor all aspects of project implementation, identify problems and propose actions.
• Perform other duties as required.



• Professionalism: Good knowledge and command of planning, programming budgeting, financial management and other relevant administrative policies. Demonstrated ability to provide effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues in particular as it relates to drugs and HIV; ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports or rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions.

• Vision: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks and to translate them into a realistic assistance programme.

• Planning and organizing: Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; 

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibility and honors commitments; delivers outputs in line with agreed schedules, budgets and quality standards in line with prevailing rules, regulations and procedures.

• Communication: Proven and sustained communication (oral and written) skills, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying the maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailored language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification:

• University degree, preferably advanced, in Law, Human Rights, criminal justice, Social Science or related fields.

• At least 5-7 years of prior experience in dealing with legal and justice sector issues with a focus on human rights.
• Experience in undertaking operational research and developing research tools and standard operating tools especially in the area of drug trafficking/drug prevention.
• Demonstrated experiences and skills in facilitating stakeholder/working group consultations.
• Experience in working with project management and project monitoring and evaluation.

Knowledge and Skills:
• Having knowledge and understanding of concepts and culture relevant to Law enforcement, judiciary and prosecution authorities as well as in other specialized field under UNODC mandate.
• Familiar with and experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources.
• Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignment given as well as to plan work and manage priorities.
• Good communication (spoken and written) skills in English, including ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports, studies and other communications and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style.
• Sound knowledge and skills with regard to use of computers and technology.
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with the sensitivity and respect of diversity including gender balance.
• Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field.
Remuneration package is Rs. 2,13,578/- per month (taxable). Additional benefits include medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for Service Contract holder. 



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