Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Legal Officer - Violence against Children)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Closed on 26 Aug 2020
Location: Vienna (Austria)
Grade: P-3, Mid-level Professional
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This position is located in the Global Programme to End Violence Against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (GP to END VAC), in the Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer who heads the GP to END VAC.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Contribute to enhanced management and delivery of relevant technical assistance initiatives within the framework of the GP to END VAC.
• Provide substantive guidance and technical support to UNODC Field Offices in programme/project development, implementation and fund-raising in the areas of violence against children (VAC) in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as justice for children.
• Provide legal advisory services to requesting countries aimed to strengthen the capacities of the justice system in preventing and responding to VAC in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as justice for children.
• Facilitate the development of regional and national legal and policy frameworks related to VAC in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as justice for children.
• Participate in needs assessment and other technical missions to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals, projects and activities within the framework of the GP to END VAC.
• Contribute to the development and promotion of standards, policies, normative instruments and practical tools related to rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice, with specific focus on VAC in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as justice for children.
• Draft policy guidelines, practical tools and research papers on VAC in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, including on the protection of children recruited and exploited by terrorist and violent extremist groups.
• Deliver presentations to external audiences and participate at inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences on substantive issues related to VAC in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as justice for children.
• Assist in the organization and provide 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 VAC in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as justice for children.
• Provide guidance to more junior staff.
• Support the Coordinator of the GP to END VAC in the daily management of the programme and perform ad hoc tasks as required.
• Perform other work related duties as may be 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in legal affairs, including work experience in the areas of child protection and justice for children is required.
Working experience in delivering technical assistance aimed to support governments in preventing and responding to violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice is required.
Experience in developing training tools and delivering training activities in the area of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice 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 in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice 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 Arabic, French, Russian and/or Spanish is an advantage.


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 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.

Vienna is 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.

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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UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime.

Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.

UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.

The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are:

  • Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism
  • Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions
  • Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies

In pursuing its objectives, UNODC makes every effort to integrate and mainstream the gender perspective, particularly in its projects for the provision of alternative livelihoods, as well as those against human trafficking.

UNODC is seeking qualified, energetic professionals in a wide range of fields to join us in our efforts to combat the threats posed by drugs, crime and terrorism. UNODC offers challenging assignments - monitoring drug abuse and trafficking trends, helping States achieve substantial reductions in drug supply and demand and assisting countries in forging new partnerships for tackling important issues such as money-laundering, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings. Around 1,500 people work at UNODC headquarters in Vienna and in field offices around the world.