United Nations, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, P3

 Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Regional Programme on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice operating under the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with varied duty stations in the region. The incumbent will work under the general guidance of the ROEA Representative and the direct supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer heading the Criminal Justice Programme.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent will be responsible for providing substantive and technical expertise in the area of programme management, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation in conformity with United Nations rules and regulation, and policies for the implementation of the Regional Programme of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and anti-corruption programmes. S/he will work in close cooperation with the criminal justice authorities in Eastern Africa. Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Provide substantive and technical support, coordination and guidance for the development and implementation of the Regional Programme on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and anti-corruption programmes in Eastern Africa.
  • Work closely with the criminal justice institution and governments in Eastern Africa to prepare and disseminate relevant programme documents on crime prevention and criminal justice for review by the relevant institutions.
  • Support, coordinate and monitor project implementation and activities and coordinate and liaise with the government counterparts, criminal justice actors, civil society, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Identify technical assistance needs for capacity building and propose a sustainable strategy to reform and strengthen the criminal justice sector in Eastern Africa.
  • Guide, coordinate and support the efforts and contributions of consultants, experts, UNODC’s project personnel, donors, and government institutions towards the achievement of the programme’s objectives.
  • Prepare and disseminate work-plans, terms of reference, and other UNODC’s project-related documentation.
  • Raise awareness of the government counterparts and donors on the use of UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides, standards and norms related to Prison reforms.
  • Ensure that operations, budgetary and financial administration, procurement, logistics, liaison and communication activities assigned to the programme are conducted according to UNODC standards and procedures and follow-up on input/actions to be taken.
  • Organize and support training courses, seminars, working groups, workshops and study tours, ensure timely selection of candidates and submission of reports from participants upon completion of the related activities.
  • Monitor progress of UNODC’s project implementation, plan, coordinate and solve operational issues, prepare budget revisions and prepare reports on programme implementation for the UNODC ROEA Representative, and other senior officials of ROEA and UNODC Headquarters.
  • Enhance the collaboration with other international, bi-lateral and non-governmental organizations active in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice in Eastern Africa.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.
  • Competencies

    • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal justice, police reforms, law enforcement and/or related fields. 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. Has very good research and analytical skills and is able to identify problems and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has good programme management skills. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
    • Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount to solve problems to meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas, thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
    • 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.

    Education

    • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal justice, criminology, law, political science, management or other relevant discipline 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 experience in criminal justice, police reform, law enforcement and/or related fields is required.
    • Experience in programme development, management and implementation in the area of anti-corruption, criminal justice, police reform and/or law enforcement is required.
    • Work experience within the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.
    • Work experience with the criminal justice institutions in the Eastern Africa region is desirable.
    • Experience in budgetary and financial administration and procurement is desirable.
    • Experience in implementing EU-funded projects is desirable.
    • Documented experience in organizing workshops is desirable.

    Languages

    • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, 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 is a generic job opening for purpose of creating a roster of qualified candidates for immediate and anticipated job openings in various duty stations. The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions and field operations in various duty stations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the roster. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

    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.