Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Anti-Corruption)

UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 07

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Conference Support Section (CSS) of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section and under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Branch.


Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Anti-Corruption) will carry out a range of functions in support of the mechanism for reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). In particular, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Carry out the analysis of information received from States parties on the implementation of the Convention against Corruption, with particular focus on legal issues. Provide specialized substantive, legal and technical expertise for individual country reviews, thematic implementation reports and regional supplementary addenda.
  • Provide substantive legislative and organizational inputs for the implementation of the overall programme of work of the Conference Support Section, with a view to promoting the ratification and implementation of UNCAC. Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in areas related to the implementation of UNCAC.
  • Assist in the organization and/or delivery of a variety of specialized technical services for Member States, e.g. expert group meetings, training seminars, etc., in order to assist in the ratification and/or implementation of the Convention against Corruption. Participate and assist in the substantive and administrative servicing of the meetings of the Implementation Review Group and the Conference of the States Parties.
  • Provide substantive inputs and/or prepare the substantive and programmatic reports to the Implementation Review Group and the Conference of the States Parties.
  • Foster necessary collaboration among States parties, including with national authorities relevant for the implementation of the Convention, as well as with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Provide legal and substantive inputs on matters related to the ratification and implementation of the Convention to the overall work of the Division and UNODC; Develop/draft specialized materials, legal documents and technical publications to facilitate the ratification and implementation of the Convention.
  • Perform other work related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In particular, has substantive knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Has good knowledge of the legislative aspects of preventing and combating corruption, including their international dimensions. Has very good research and analytical skills. Is able to analyze expeditiously extensive substantive legal documentation and prepare comprehensive reports, summaries and policy briefs. Has expertise in legislative drafting and in providing legal advisory services, as well as in programme planning and implementation. 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 excellent drafting and communication 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.
  • 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with a specialization in international law and criminal law 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, including several years at the international level, in crime prevention and criminal justice issues, specifically with a focus on corruption, asset recovery or international cooperation in criminal matters is required. Work experience in managing intergovernmental processes, in servicing intergovernmental bodies and in legislative assistance is required. Experience in preparing policy and programmatic reports is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic or Spanish or French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is highly desirable.

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