Programme Officer (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Secretariat Implementation Unit (SIU) of the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies (SGB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Secretariat Implementation Unit and overall guidance of the Chief of the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies.Responsibilities
Within limits of assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:
• Support the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the UN Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in carrying out their functions effectively as central UN policy-making and advisory bodies, and serve as Secretary of subsidiary bodies, as required.
• Conduct research and prepare or coordinate preparation of documents for the two Commissions, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the General Assembly, as required.
• Contribute to organizing side events programmes and exhibitions of the Commissions and the Congresses, as required.
• Provide specialized substantive and technical input relating to the preparation for and the follow-up to the United Nations Crime Congresses.
• Implement programmatic activities in the preparation for and follow-up to the United Nations Crime Congresses in the context of the project “Support to the work of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and their subsidiary bodies” (AUTZ69).
• Contribute to fundraising and building partnerships with key stakeholders.
• Liaise with other parts of the UNODC crime programme with regard to their contributions to the achievement of the outcomes of the Congress.
• Conduct research and prepare a variety of written outputs in relation to the United Nations Crime Congress, including briefing notes, background papers and parliamentary documentation.
• Support the preparations for the intergovernmental working group on improving the governance and financial situation of UNODC (FINGOV) and provide support to its Bureau and Chair; Prepare budgets, including their strategic frameworks; monitor expenditure; report on budget/programmatic performance.
• Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
• Professionalism: Is familiar with the work of the United Nations in drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice, and has substantive knowledge of mandates in the areas of drug control and crime prevention and criminal justice, including with regard to United Nations crime congress’ matters. Has knowledge of servicing meetings of intergovernmental bodies. Has knowledge of budget-related and programmatic work issues. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct or assist with research using various methods. In particular, has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research 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.
• Communication: 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; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, economics, political science 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.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in international affairs is required.
Professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice related issues is desirable
Experience in contributing to intergovernmental processes and servicing intergovernmental bodies, including as Secretary, is desirable.
Work experience in project management and the implementation of technical cooperation projects is desirable.
Work experience in preparing budgets and the respective substantive frameworks is desirable.
Experience of organizing programmes of side events for intergovernmental bodies is desirable.
Experience in drafting UN pre-session documentation, project reports and official communication products 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 another official United Nations language is desirable.Assessment
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 and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Vienna is classified as an H category 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.
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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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