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Policy Coordination Officer


  • Organization: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Chief of the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent is supervised by and reports to the Chief of the Branch.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent is responsible for undertaking the following specific duties/tasks, in close coordination with the Programme Officer (P-4) in the Office of the Chief.

• Provide advisory functions to the Chief of the Branch on overall policy issues and related strategic decisions. Perform coordinating functions to ensure that the planning and programming of the Branch are undertaken in line with the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, and the UNODC strategy, and in coordination with relevant UNODC programmes and with other UN partners within the framework of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Coordination Compact, including the UN Office for Counter Terrorism (OCT), the UN Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC)/Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), as well as other specific Committees (1267 and 1540), and in coherence with UN system-wide counter-terrorism efforts.

• Take active part, representing TPB’s programme, in different intergovernmental and inter-agency meetings and undertake consultations with representatives of Member States.

• Serve as a coordinator for planning and implementing the responsibilities of the Branch pertaining to work cluster on “Policy and UN System Coordination” and the implementation of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Coordination Compact: identify, elaborate and take lead to implement required programme initiatives and work plans; identify, arrange for, coordinate and guide services of external experts; lead monitoring of developments, assess implications and formulate policy and programme responses and related recommendations for consideration by senior management; undertake required programme self-assessments and evaluations; perform/contribute to substantive supervision and guidance of staff assigned to the work cluster; participate in and undertake consultations with senior and working level officials of Governments and international organizations on matters pertaining to the work.

• Carry out coordination for the conceptualization and preparation of policy and programmatic reports, briefings, and identification of recommendations for UN oversight and inter-governmental forums, including the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly, the Security Council, the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and other pertinent policy, legislative, and technical bodies. Provide substantive servicing for the relevant agenda items of the meetings of these bodies. Provide policy, substantive and procedural advice and liaison to requesting delegations of Member States.

• Prepare and contribute to thematic substantive publications and other specialized products.

• Prepare programme development and related funding proposals and actively contribute to activities related to programme development, fund raising and fund management (including programme/project preparation and submissions), prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) and technical briefings and liaise with donors and recipients, as required.

• Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze, and advise on events and discussions.

• Provide management support to the Chief of the Branch. Participate in and contribute to the substantive coordination of activities with other UNODC entities, Member States, and external partner organizations. Perform lead responsibility for the preparation and coordination of Branch level inputs for programme planning and reporting. Contribute to managing human and financial resources, supervising staff and experts, carrying out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the proper functioning of the assigned substantive area, including preparation of budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and result-based 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 approaches relevant to UNODC mandates. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime and terrorism prevention as well as the mandates of UNODC. Has demonstrated professional competence and expert knowledge of counter-terrorism or closely related criminal justice issues, especially their policy and programmatic aspects as well as the legislative, judiciary, rule of law and other crime prevention dimensions. Has expertise in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies, programme coordination and management support. Is able to draft, formulate, edit, and coordinate complex policy and strategy papers and documents. Has ability to provide advice and assistance to Government officials in matters pertaining to the legal aspects of counter-terrorism. Has demonstrated ability to conceptualize, coordinate and finalize specialized technical publications on the legal aspects of counter-terrorism. Has demonstrated ability to conceptualize and prepare policy-oriented substantive documents and provide substantive servicing for policy-making bodies. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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: 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international law or criminal law, political science, international relations, business administration, management, social science, or a related field is required.

A first-level university degree 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, including experience at the international level, in legal aspects of terrorism prevention or crime prevention is required.

Five years of experience in counter-terrorism policy and programme development, management, and administration through the United Nations or similar international organizations is required.

Experience in designing and implementing, capacity building programmes on criminal justice and legal aspects of terrorism prevention is required.

Experience in preparing and delivering substantive technical presentations in terrorism prevention is desirable.

Relevant experience in servicing intergovernmental meetings of the United Nations and in preparing policy-oriented substantive documentation is desirable.

Experience in fundraising and programme development is desirable.

Experience on budgetary and financial administration, in particular an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (SAP or similar) is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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.

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.

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.

Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan,
Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

Vienna is classified in the H 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.

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.

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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