United Nations: Associate Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention)

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Job Opening Number: 16-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-70084-R-Vienna (E)

Special Notice

This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the 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.

Vienna is classified as an H and family duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Implementation Support Section III (ISS III), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA). The incumbent will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of Section.

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  • Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:Assist in the provision of technical assistance with respect to regional and national terrorism prevention activities;Assist in conceptualizing, planning and implementing regional and national counter terrorism activities, mainly focused on the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region, in particular legislative assistance workshops, implementation of the universal ant-terrorism instruments, capacity building workshops, as well as other relevant initiatives in the legal and related aspects of counter-terrorism;Provide inputs for funding proposals for donors interested in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region and prepare technical briefings;Prepare technical presentations on the counter-terrorism activities of UNODC; carry out presentations, as required;

    Assist in the preparation of, and participate in technical assistance missions to Member States, as needed;

    Contribute to ensuring that the work programme and the activities of the Branch are carried out in coordination with other entities and UNODC and in liaison with relevant organizations of the United Nations system and as well as with other international organizations and Member States; arrange to obtain and integrate required substantive inputs from these stakeholders;

    Contribute to the overall substantive implementation of the work programme of the Branch;

    Perform other work related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to counter-terrorism. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has experience in organizing meetings, conferences, seminars, including their substantive, logistic and administrative aspects. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, has knowledge in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has ability 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.

Client Orientation: Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with all relevant stakeholders, identifies clearly their needs to develop and implement legal, policy and other responses, Ensures continuous dialogue with the stakeholders monitoring the relevant developments and undertaking the necessary adjustments; meets timeline for delivery of technical assistance and other services and products. Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public or business administration, project management or related fields, is required. Specialization in criminal law, legal and related aspects of terrorism prevention and their international dimensions is highly desirable. 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 first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in terrorism prevention, rule of law or closely related issues, is required. Experience in programme formulation and implementation in counterterrorism or a directly related field, is desirable.

No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.