The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a United Nations office that was established in 1997 as the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention by combining the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in the United Nations Office at Vienna. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and was renamed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2002.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling), P4
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-147241-R-Abuja (E)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Staffing Exercise: N/A
Organization Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the UNODC Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), with duty station in Abuja, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of UNODC Country Representative in Nigeria and under the overall substantive guidance of the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna, Austria. S/he will also liaise and cooperate closely with the relevant substantive sections of UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) located in Dakar, Senegal. For more information on UNODC, please visit our website: http://www.unodc.org.
Within delegated authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling) will be responsible for the following specific tasks:
- Plan, coordinate and implement UNODC’s technical assistance/cooperation programmes that seek to support Nigeria in its efforts to implement 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.
- Plan, organize, coordinate and deliver a variety of specialized technical services for governments and practitioners, e.g. expert advisory services, legal and legislative drafting advice, expert group meetings, training seminars, etc., in order to assist Nigeria in 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.
- Coordinate, especially from a substantive point of view, the development of relevant action plans and funding proposals both at national and regional level for donor consideration. Lead programming, needs assessment and other technical missions, where necessary, evaluate and elaborate assistance proposals with government partners, UN agencies and non-governmental and civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs).
- Deliver counter migrant smuggling legal advisory services, reviews and assessments, capacity building and technical cooperation activities in Nigeria and other countries in the region as relevant (e.g. Cameroon), including activities to foster closer international cooperation with countries along transcontinental migrant smuggling flows.
- Provide criminal investigation and/or prosecution (international, regional or national) training and serve as an operational mentor towards building capacity of national law enforcement, prosecutorial agencies and other relevant counterparts to successfully investigate and prosecute trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM), including where appropriate, with a focus on financial investigations, investigations of crimes affecting children, and the investigation of sexual and gender-based violence and forced labour.
- Support Nigeria in increasing its efforts in regional and international cooperation to counter TIP and SOM, by following up the execution of requests for international cooperation received through the Liaison Magistrate Initiative, in close cooperation with the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) and the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS).
- Design, plan and organize an anti-trafficking in persons operation in Nigeria, in cooperation with Interpol as well as with national counterparts.
- Prepare inputs for performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports as well as inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management as part of the monitoring, evaluation and learning plan.
- Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, reports, analysis, presentations, working papers.
- Provide management, coordination and backstopping as well as technical, substantive and administrative advice and support with regards to assigned technical assistance activities, programmes and projects. Prepare and/or oversee the preparation of necessary documentation including reports and budgets.
- Mentor, and as required, supervise other professional and support staff members and participate in the recruitment of personnel. Encourage creativity among staff mentored and supervised.
- Develop, review and appraise UNODC good practices, lessons learned, methodologies and activities with regard to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and contribute to their promotion and dissemination, as well as pilot-test new practices through the design of special programmes and technical assistance activities, including at regional level, given the prevalence of Nigerian victims of trafficking in West and Central Africa.
- Plan, organize, coordinate and carry out the ongoing review, monitoring and analysis of social, economic and political developments and trends in the trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants at the national, regional and/or global levels.
- In coordination with HTMSS and ROSEN, develop and implement strategies for CONIG including identifying areas of potential intervention as well as inter-agency cooperation and collaboration with other multilateral institutions and civil society.
- Ensure that timely reporting obligations to the donor, including through the regional or global projects by ROSEN and HTMSS, are fulfilled in a timely manner.
- Perform other work-related duties as required.
- Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in law, criminology and/or related social science, international relations, political science, or public administration.
- 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.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice matters especially in relation to trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants or closely related area is required.
- Experience in criminal investigation and/or prosecution of transnational organized crime, preferably on cases of trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, or other roles concerning the responses to trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants is desirable.
- Relevant experience in a field environment is desirable.
- Work experience within the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.
- Experience in the development and implementation of technical assistance/cooperation projects concerning trafficking in persons or smuggling of migrants or closely related area is required.
- Experience in supporting policy and programme development and providing legislative assistance is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
- Professionalism: Has in-depth substantive knowledge and specialization in the field of human trafficking and/or migrant smuggling. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international criminal justice and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good legal, analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge and experience in various research methodologies and sources. Is able to apply sound judgement in the context of assignments given. 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.
- Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
- Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise followed by competency-based interview.
- This is a project post. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of appointment will be subject to the availability of funds.
- 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.
- The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
- Abuja is classified as category C and family duty station.
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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.
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- 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.
Application Deadline 3rd February, 2021.
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