Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Border Management and Emerging Crimes)

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UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) with duty station in Dakar, Senegal, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Border Management and Emerging Crimes) will work under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative, ROSEN and the direct supervision of the Law Enforcement and Counter-Terrorism Officer based in Dakar at the Integrated Border Stability Mechanism (IBSM) secretariat and the regional Senior Programme Officer (Law Enforcement and Head of Programme) based in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. For more information on UNODC, please visit our website:
The incumbent will be contributing to the overall implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project aimed at strengthening the regional effort to prevent and manage conflicts and security threats. In this context, UNODC, IOM (International Organization for Migration) in partnership with UNOCT (United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism) and INTERPOL will establish an Integrated Border Stability Mechanism (IBSM) as a multilateral coordinating structure for separate but complementary internationally funded projects in the region that aims at strengthening border governance and security in areas strategically relevant for regional stability. Within assigned authority and in strong collaboration with national and regional authorities, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Border Management and Emerging Crimes) will be responsible for the following specific duties: • Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to analyze and guide on border management issues; conduct training and presentations and participate as a resource person in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings. • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned activities designed to strengthen border management in the region (interdiction of drugs, precursor chemicals, wildlife, migrant smuggling, armed groups, counter terrorism etc. • Provide guidance and mentoring to national and regional authorities with the aim to support planning, designing and managing appropriate interventions related to border management in close coordination with fellow UNODC sections and colleagues as relevant. • Prepare analysis products on transnational organized crime and counter terrorism related vulnerabilities affecting border communities and border areas, through engagement with a range of national stakeholders and other partners involved in projects relevant to integrated border stability, in close consultation with fellow IBSM partner entities. • Ensure the dissemination of analysis products to IBSM members and partners. • Research, analyze and present information gathered from training needs assessments, surveys and other diverse sources and data collection tools. • Participate in needs assessment and other technical missions including to border control checkpoints to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals. • Initiate, develop, coordinate and contribute to training curricula and training materials to support and sustain the programmes’ goals and outputs. • Contribute to the preparation of sub-programme reports, including work plans, budget segments, programme/project progress, performance and/or implementation delivery reports. • Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, working papers, reports, background papers, presentations, proposals and documents, briefings, training materials, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc. • Evaluate the quality and impact of assistance measures in the area of border management. • Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. • Perform other work-related duties as required.
• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and sound practices relevant to combating crime, illicit drugs, terrorism prevention and related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, judiciary, prosecution, human trafficking, organized crime, financial crime, and related areas. Is able to identify issues, analyse, and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has ability to contribute to technical assistance programmes, to provide guidance in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has up to date knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines, and procedures. 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 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. • 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.
An advanced university (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement 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. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in the fields of border management, including drug control activities, crime and terrorism prevention is required. Experience at the international level in one or more of the following areas: law enforcement, crime prevention, criminal and/or financial investigations, police, prosecutions, customs, border control, combating organized crime, drug and human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and/or criminal intelligence processes, is required. Experience using risk-based working methodology (profiling) is required. Experience in programme/project management and technical cooperation is desirable. Experience in donor relations and fundraising is desirable. Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable. Work experience with counterparts in the field is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
This temporary position is currently available until 31 December 2024. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may 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. 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. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Dakar is classified in the A category (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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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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