Posting Title:Adviser (Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants), P4
Department/Office:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station:BAGHDAD
Posting Period:10 September 2019 – 09 October 2019
Job Opening Number:19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-122123-R-Baghdad (E)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling – Asia and the Middle East (GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East) of the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Baghdad, Iraq. The incumbent will be located in the UNODC Office in Baghdad, Iraq (POIRQ), operating under the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) based in Cairo, Egypt. The Adviser will report to UNODC’s Head of Office for Iraq as first reporting officer and the Project Coordinator of GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East as additional reporting officer, located at UNODC’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The position may require significant travel (20%).

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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Implement the workplan under GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East, under the guidance and day-to-day direction of the GLO.ACT Project Coordinator, including providing substantive advice and backstopping to project staff in the partner countries;
• Deliver counter trafficking and counter smuggling legal advisory services, review and assessments, capacity building and technical cooperation activities;
• Participate in preparing concept notes, agenda and other documentation; identify experts and participants; carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results in the assigned substantive area; participate in preparing specialized technical assistance delivery tools, such as manuals and guides;
• 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 TIP/SOM, including where appropriate, with a focus on financial investigations, investigations of crimes affecting children, the investigation of sexual and gender-based violence and forced labour;
• Support GLO.ACT national project staff in Iraq, but also in the partner countries in delivering the country workplans by providing substantive and administrative support and inputs;
• Undertake frequent mission travel in Iraq and partner countries and as required, in the region;
• Act as national focal point by coordinating and liaising with ROMENA and UNODC HQ staff as well as other relevant international and regional actors, national and nongovernmental actors in order to facilitate project implementation and create synergies;
• Ensure regular communication with national counterparts and national project staff and HQ and ensure that timely reporting obligations towards HQ’s reporting to the donor are fulfilled in a timely manner;
• Initiate, coordinate and participate in the preparation and drafting of a variety of written outputs, such as technical publications, background papers, progress reports, evaluation reports, mission reports, briefings and presentations.
• 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;
• Support the GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East visibility and communications plan, including submitting inputs in a timely manner;
• Contribute to the development of the UNODC Regional Programme for the Middle East and North Africa and support delivery of TIP/SOM components of other UNODC projects related to TIP/SOM, including on corruption, terrorism, and transnational organized crime;
• Support the implementation of activities of the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, including participating in coordination meetings;
• Support the UNODC Head of Office in interagency coordination and specifically, lead UNODC’s interagency efforts on TIP/SOM, including with the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) and in the context of UN reform processes;
• Perform other duties to support project implementation, as required.


Professionalism: Has expert knowledge and understanding of the relevant aspects of trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants (TIP/SOM). Has knowledge of criminal investigations of transnational organized crime (including leadership and network analysis), the investigation of sexual and gender-based violence, financial crime and crimes against children. Demonstrates knowledge of regional and international cooperation in criminal matters. Has ability to foster regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s counter TIP/SOM regime. Demonstrates ability to liaise with law enforcement/prosecutors and to prepare documents required by the courts in the course of investigations and prosecutions. Has knowledge of and ability to provide training and mentoring of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, intelligence officers, or other criminal justice officials in matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of TIP/SOM, including in situations of conflict. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments, including the UN Conventions, Protocols and Security Council Resolutions relating to TIP/SOM. Is able to provide expert advice and to be proactive in seeking to develop new areas of work within identified objectives and strategies. 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 and human rights perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Planning and 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, criminology or related disciplines 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This is a project post funded for 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Baghdad is classified in the E category (non-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.

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