Posting Title:Secretariat Services Officer, P4
Department/Office:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station:VIENNA
Posting Period:12 October 2020 – 25 November 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-134391-R-Vienna (G)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies (SGB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), UNODC, in Vienna. The Secretariat Services Officer reports directly to the Chief of the Secretariat, under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
• Support the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and, as appropriate, the UN Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, in carrying out their functions effectively as central UN policy-making and advisory bodies within their respective mandates and serve as Deputy Secretary to the Commissions.
• Provide substantive and technical support to the implementation of international drug policy commitments adopted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
• Prepare or coordinate preparation of documents for the Commissions and other legislative bodies, in particular CND subsidiary bodies, ECOSOC, the General Assembly, and the United Nations Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, including key policy reports, as required.
• Coordinate relevant follow-up on the work of the Commissions in connection with the General Assembly (GA), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and other legislative bodies, including preparation of reports to those bodies and coordinating in connection with resolutions of those bodies.
• Advise on follow-up action to be taken in response to resolutions and decisions of the GA, ECOSOC, CCPCJ and CND and its subsidiary bodies, as appropriate, in the fields of drug control and crime prevention and criminal justice.
• Provide input to or coordinate the organization and substantive servicing of the intersessional meetings of the CCPCJ and the CND, including preparation of draft agendas, briefing members of the bureau and extended bureaux, prepare notes for members of the bureau and officers of ad hoc working groups, as well as reports and outcome notes of meetings.
• Serve as Secretary of intersessional working groups and other intergovernmental meetings, as well as of the meetings of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on finance and governance, as required.
• Provide substantive services and organize working groups and the subsidiary body meetings of the CND, identify documentation requirements, coordinate their preparations; draft documents and reports (pre-, in- and post- session documents); review reports drafted by others for content, consistency and policy implications and serve as Secretary to the subsidiary bodies of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, as required.
• Provide substantive inputs/services and advice to expert groups, working groups and symposia established by legislative bodies to examine and report on technical considerations of drug control and crime prevention (background papers, selection of experts, invitations and other related administrative arrangements, as required) and provide, as required, organizational and substantive backstopping advice to special technical meetings of the Programme, in order to facilitate decision making, linkages to mandates and the work of the legislative bodies.
• Undertake programmatic work relating to the CND and CCPCJ, including with regard to the budget of their Secretariats and through the development and implementation of proposals and their administration in UMOJA; Serve as certifying officer.
• Promote the activities of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to ensure their visibility, including through the preparations for special events and the production of promotional material related to them, and promote the Commissions’ work on social media channels and through audio-visual means.
• Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge of the work of the United Nations in drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice and substantive knowledge of the international drug control conventions as well as of mandates in the areas of drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice. Is able to produce reports and papers on technical issues relating to drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice, and to review and edit the work of others. Has proven ability to analyze expeditiously extensive and substantive policy documentation and to produce high quality analytical and programmatic papers in areas of drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice. Has knowledge of servicing meetings of intergovernmental bodies. Has knowledge of budget-related and programmatic work issues. Has knowledge of issues related to the production of social media, audio-visual material and web content. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations, including with respect to servicing meetings and the preparation of United Nations parliamentary documentation. 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.
• 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, business administration or economics 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in international work related to crime prevention, criminal justice and/or international drug control, is required.
Experience related to providing policy guidance, substantive and technical advice to Member States is required.
Experience in servicing meetings of, and preparing documentation for intergovernmental bodies on matters related to crime prevention, criminal justice and/or drug control, including the application of relevant rules of procedure, is required.
Experience in budget-related and programmatic work and experience in acting as certifying officer is required.
Full proficiency in computer and relevant software applications is required.
Experience serving as Secretary of intergovernmental meetings is desirable.
Experience in web and social media applications is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a regular budget 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 funds.

•For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

Vienna is classified as a H and 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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.

No Fee


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