Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling) 206 views

Job Summary
Grade: P-3, Mid-level Professional
Employment Type: Full-time
Occupation: Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Peace and Security, Social and Inclusive Development, Legal Affairs
Location: Vienna (Austria)
Closing Date: 31 Dec 2019

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of the Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and substantive guidance of the Chief, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section and designated senior staff, and the overall guidance of the Chief of OCB.


The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
• Support the normative and policy work of UNODC against human trafficking and migrant smuggling within the overall framework of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
• Provide substantive inputs to and/or prepare the substantive and programmatic reports to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Economic and Social Council, General Assembly, Security Council and other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies. Provide substantive inputs and/or prepare the substantive and programmatic reports on trafficking in persons (TiP) and migrant smuggling (SoM) to the UNTOC Conference of the parties and its Working Groups on TiP and SoM.
• Contribute to, and provide substantive input to UN processes on trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants including those established for the development and implementation of the Global Compact for Migration and Global Compact for Refugees.
• Support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a cornerstone of response to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants including supporting UNODC’s engagement in relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) initiatives.
• Provide support to inter-agency coordination and cooperation efforts with United Nations system agencies and intergovernmental organizations, including inter alia the Inter-Agency Cooperation Group Against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) and the Global Migration Group (GMG); cooperating and coordinating with government counterparts, non-governmental organizations, regional and sub-regional institutions and concerned sections/units of UNODC, as necessary.
• Attend and contribute to technical consultations and policy matters with participating countries, donors, and other actors on measures against trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants. Cooperate and coordinate with the field offices and other relevant entities on implementation arrangements.
• Provide substantive input into the development of strategic and advocacy material on UNODC’s mandate and position on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Participate in conferences, seminars, expert groups, and consultative meetings.
• Liaise with relevant UNODC field offices to develop common approaches and to strengthen the positioning of UNODC in the area of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.
• Prepare a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides and toolkits.
• Perform other work related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge and specialization in the field of human trafficking and/or migrant smuggling. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas 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. 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal law, criminology, and/or related social science, international relations, political science, law, public administration 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 relevant professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice at national and international levels is required.
Proven experience in supporting policy and programme development and/or providing normative or legislative guidance on trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, is required.
Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization and familiarity with the work and mandates of UNODC are desirable.
Experience in servicing inter-governmental bodies and/or coordinating inter-agency work 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 other United Nations official languages is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension.

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staffs are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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 as a 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.

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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