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UNODC: Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (P-2) - Vienna 100%

Vienna, nach Vereinbarung

United Nations JPO Programme

I. General Information

Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling)

Sector of Assignment (e.g, Political Affairs, Humanitarian Affairs, Administration etc):
Economic Affairs (Organized Crime/Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling)

UNODC/Division of Treaty Affairs/Organized Crime Branch/Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section

Duty Station:
Vienna, Austria

1 year (with possible extension for another year)

II. Supervision

Direct Supervision by: Ilias Chatzis

Title of Supervisor: Chief, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section

Content and methodology of supervision: Establishment of a Work Plan: During the first month of the assignment, the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) will work jointly with his/her direct supervisor to finalize an agreed upon work plan. The final work plan will be discussed and mutually agreed to by the JPO and his/her supervisor.
The Associate Expert will work in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS). S/he will be supervised by the Chief, HTMSS. Work assignments will be assigned in line with the job description and based onthe Section’s workload. Work progress will be monitored on a continuous basis. Performance will be evaluated half- yearly based on the Associate Expert’s work plan. The Associate Expert will receive regular guidance on how to accomplish work goals, routine review of work progress and outputs, plus periodic informal and formal performance appraisals.

Evaluation: The United Nations Performance Evaluation System (e-performance) will serve as a primary platform to evaluate the JPO’s performance.

III. Duties, Responsibilities and Output Expectations

The Associate Expert will provide professional support to HTMSS and its Global Programmes against Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling. In particular, the Associate Expert will contribute to strengthening the development of knowledge in the area of trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling.

Main tasks comprise:

  • Contribute to the development of policy, knowledge and innovation practices for the implementation 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;
  • Participate in the design and development of educational, policy and best practice tools, including issue papers, manuals, handbook, training guides and teaching material; undertake thematic and legal research, analyse legal documents including legislation and court cases and organize the information and its dissemination through knowledge portals and databases; organize and facilitate expert group meetings and similar consultations of national and international experts; liaise with experts, criminal justice actors, academia, civil society including NGOs, Member States and international organizations and foster communication within networks of experts;
  • Facilitate the delivery of educational and training activities related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; promote the use and application of relevant UNODC tools by respective target groups; compile information on best practices in the response to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; coordinate and liaise with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and academic institutions which are active in the provision of training and education on related issues;
  • Provide substantive and technical input for the formulation, implementation and assessment of projects; review project documents to ensure a gender, human rights, and child sensitive approach; organize and implement related educational and technical assistance activities; collect and compile relevant background data and information;
  • Contribute to the overall implementation, substantive refinement and assessment of the global programmes managed by the Section including the Global Programme against Trafficking in Persons, the Global Programme Against Smuggling of Migrants, the Global Action against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling and their activities: Contribute to the identification and assessment of technical assistance and education strategies of donors active in anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling initiatives; prepare programme/project proposals/ideas for inclusion in national, regional and global UNODC programmes and for funding consideration and provide substantive input for other activities to promote, support and obtain funding; promote the conclusion, strengthening and implementation of partnership, including with other UNODC programmes; undertake consultations with relevant international bodies and organizations and NGOs, as required;
  • 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.

Results expected include:

Well-researched and sound analysis and advice on crime prevention and criminal justice related developments, in the specific areas of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; Sound policy analysis and advice on complex legal issues related to the implementation of the trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling protocols; Comprehensive and timely output delivery; Effective implementation and/or support of programme activities; Effective identification of and dissemination of best practices and methodologies; Organization and participation in field missions and delivery of effective substantive, educational and technical assistance activities; Regular liaising and interacting with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally; Programmes and related proposals development for policy and knowledge management relating to trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling for donor consideration; regular liaising with donors, drafting of reports and other requested outputs for the use of donor contributions.

IV. Qualifications and Experience

Master’s degree in criminal law, criminology, and/or related social science, international relations, political science, law, public administration or a related field is required.

Work experience:
A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice at national and international levels is required. Proven experience in the design and delivery of technical assistance and/or education preferably on trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, is required. Direct experience in the development of policies and standard setting tools, and/ or in legal analysis, preferably related to transnational organized crime, trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, is highly desirable. Familiarity with project formulation, implementation and monitoring, and exposure to international development cooperation is highly desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is highly desirable.

UN competencies:

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 valuingothers’ 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.

V. Learning Elements

The Associate Expert will receive guidance, supervision and on the job-training on a regular basis. Additional training opportunities will become available through participation in specialized activities in the area of work and attendance at substantive events that focus on criminal justice matters, including the organization of field missions, seminars, workshops etc. The topics of trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling are cross-cutting issues that require a multidisciplinary approach and consultations and coordination of activities with a large number of sister organizations, various UN Secretariat entities and other IGOs and NGOs. The Associate Expert will broaden his/her scope of experience and will also gain additional knowledge on criminal justice issues, including on the possible link between drug control and crime prevention strategies.

In particular, on completion of the assignment, the JPO will:

  • gain improved substantive knowledge in crime prevention and justice matters in general, and in-depth knowledge in fighting transnational organization crime and trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling in particular;
  • gain exposure to the overall work of the United Nations in the field of development cooperation and assistance and to the related negotiation processes;
  • acquire a good understanding of inter-agency cooperation mechanisms in the area of anti-human trafficking and migrant smuggling;
  • gain work experience in programme monitoring and management, including carrying out substantive assessment of project proposals and technical assistance requests, and consultations with other UN agencies, donor and recipient countries, relevant IGOs and NGOs.

VI. Background Information

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its supplementing Protocols on Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling and Arms Trafficking. The Convention entered into force in September 2003 whereas the Trafficking Protocol entered into force in December 2003 and the Migrant Smuggling Protocol in January 2004. The Protocols provide the first internationally agreed upon definitions of trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling. Furthermore, they require States to criminalize such activities. They also call for measures to prevent human trafficking and migrant smuggling and oblige parties to the instruments to offer assistance to and protection of victims and, to a lower degree, to smuggled migrants. The high number of signatures/ratifications demonstrates high political importance and readiness of Member States to combat these phenomena.

UNODC through its Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) supports the efforts of Member States and regional organizations to implement the provisions of the Convention against Transnational OrganizedCrime and the Trafficking and Smuggling Protocols. The Section’s normative work and technical assistance areundertaken under its two Global Programmes against Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants. Their overarching objective is to bring to the foreground the involvement of organized criminal groups in human trafficking and migrant smuggling and to promote the development of effective criminal justice-related responses. The two Programmes also aim at strengthening international cooperation among Member States and at increasing synergy between the UN as well as other international agencies involved in the development and provision of technical assistance in these fields.

Through technical cooperation the Programmes aim to, among others:

  • analyze the trafficking and smuggling situation and involvement of organized crime groups;
  • strengthen criminal justice responses, including the investigative and prosecutorial capacity of Member States;
  • improve cooperation among law enforcement and judicial agencies as well as other relevant institutions, including the civil society;
  • improve protection and support systems for victims and witnesses.

The UN General Assembly, ECOSOC and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice have issued aseries of resolutions strengthening UNODC’s mandate in supporting Member States efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants ( resolutions-.html). The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational OrganizedCrime and the Protocols Thereto have also issued a number of resolutions strengthening UNODC’s mandate in theimplementation of the Convention and the Protocols ( COP .html).

Further background information on the work of UNODC is available on UNODC’s web site (