CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE OFFICER
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section (CPCJS), Division for Treaty Affairs (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will report directly to the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer coordinating the UNODC Global Programme to End Violence against Children (GP to END VAC, GLOZ43) and will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer managing the Project STRIVE Juvenile and the Chief of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section.
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Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer will provide support in the implementation of the UNODC Global Programme to End Violence against Children and to its Project STRIVE Juvenile. In particular, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Provide substantive support on child rights and child justice for the conceptualization and delivery of activities related to law and policy assessment, revision and elaboration, with a view to supporting measures aimed to prevent and respond to violence against children by terrorist and violent extremist groups, in compliance with international law.
• Contribute to the implementation of the project activities, by assisting in the preparation and delivery of missions, as requested, by providing input to workplans, reports, and relevant documents.
• Provide substantive and operational support to activities necessary for the review of legal and policy frameworks to prevent and respond to violence against children by terrorist and violent extremist groups, with focus on Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria and selected French speaking countries from West Africa.
• Contribute to the development of training tools and to the delivery of capacity-building activities to strengthen the capacities of professionals to prevent and respond to violence against children by terrorist and violent extremist groups.
• Draft policy guidelines, practical tools and research papers on violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, including on the protection of children from terrorism and violent extremism.
• Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings including roundtables, trainings, conferences and workshops, by proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Participate in or support field missions, including through the preparation of relevant work material; provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties; drafting of mission reports; and ensuring follow-up action.
• Contribute to the preparation of costed workplans, monitoring of project expenditures, support to procurement processes, elaboration of Terms of Reference (ToR) and other documents necessary to the proper functioning of the Global Programme to End Violence against Children, and its Project STRIVE Juvenile.
• Contribute to the organization and substantive servicing of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, ECOSOC, General Assembly and other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies, Workshops, Meetings and Conferences on topics related to violence against children and protection of children from terrorism and violent extremism.
• Assist in the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the project by collecting relevant data on project implementation, drafting reports and supporting follow-up activities, as requested.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.
Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, in particular legal, judicial and social aspects relating to violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as justice for children. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, as well as the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Has knowledge of criminal justice, law enforcement with very good research and analytical 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. Has good analytical, planning, and organizational skills. 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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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 with adequate focus on international law, human rights and /or criminal justice 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.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in legal affairs, including work experience in the areas of violence against children, justice for children and juvenile justice is required.
Working experience in delivering technical assistance in preventing and responding to violence against children, justice for children and juvenile justice is required.
Experience in developing training tools and delivering training activities aimed to prevent and respond to violence against children committed by terrorist and violent extremist groups is required.
Work experience in providing legal advisory services to countries aimed to protect children from recruitment and exploitation by terrorist and violent extremist groups is desirable.
Working experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization in the area of violence against children, justice for children and juvenile justice is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an 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. Any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding.
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.
Vienna is classified an H and a 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.
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