Org. Setting and Reporting The post is located in the New York Liaison Office (NYLO), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Representative, UNODC Liaison Office in New York, with the Chief, Conference Support Section (CSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of UNODC as second reporting officer (based in Vienna), and the CSS Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer responsible for the Ad hoc committee as additional reporting officer (also based in Vienna).

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Responsibilities The work of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer will be focused on the planning, organizing and support of the Ad hoc Committee meetings to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, established by the GA through its resolution 74/247, for which UNODC serves as the Secretariat.

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Act as the New York-based focal point for matters related to the Ad-hoc Committee;
  • In coordination with the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, work on the planning, organizing and support of all meetings of the Committee (in New York and Vienna);
  • Provide substantive expertise, especially related to cybercrime, and cyber-diplomacy, and contribute to providing policy advice to the Ad hoc Committee on legislation, law enforcement, prosecution and adjudication as they pertain to information and communications technologies;
  • Contribute to the preparation of documents of the committee meetings, speaking notes and other related documents as requested;
  • Contribute to or draft a variety of written outputs in relation to the Ad hoc Committee;
  • Support the Chair of the Ad hoc Committee in the fulfillment of their mandates, including on procedural matters;
  • Provide support to the Officers of the Ad hoc Committee and to informal negotiations/consultations among Member States; provide advisory services to Member States on cybercrime and the committee, upon request;
  • Ensure that consistent policy advice is provided across all UN cyber processes, including the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG);
  • Perform other work-related duties, as required.

    Competencies Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of public international law, policies, legislative measures and practices in preventing and combatting transnational organized crime and cybercrime, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; in particular, has substantive knowledge of cyber-diplomacy, cybercrime, relevant national and international legislation and its implementation; is able to identify and analyse a diverse range of legal and procedural issues and challenges, and recommend innovative and creative solutions; is able to analyse expeditiously extensive substantive legal documentation and prepare comprehensive reports and summaries; has excellent writing 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.

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.

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.

Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, public policy, political science or related field. 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 experience in crime prevention and criminal justice matters, is required.

Work experience in substantively participating in or supporting intergovernmental bodies is required.

Work experience with a focus on organized crime is desirable;

Expertise in countering cybercrime or direct involvement in international cyber-diplomacy, legislation and its implementation is desirable;

Experience in international cooperation in criminal matters is desirable;

Experience within the United Nations system and/or similar international organization is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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

Special Notice – This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

  • Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

    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.

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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