Chief, Terrorism Prevention Branch, Vienna
Chief, Terrorism Prevention Branch, Vienna

Job description

Organization:UNODC - Office on Drugs and Crime
Category:Field Mission/Work
Grade: D-1
Deadline: 1 December 2016


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 successful candidate will be required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will report to the Director of DTA.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Lead, supervise and carry out the work programme of the Branch under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinate the work carried out by different work units under the Branch, i.e. the Office of the Chief, the Implementation Support Section I (Asia, Pacific, Europe), the Implementation Support Section II (Sub-Saharan Africa plus Yemen) and the Implementation Support Section III (MENA, the Gulf, LAC) and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system.

Ensure that the outputs produced by the Branch maintain high-quality standards; provide programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others and ensure that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

Oversee and ensure policy level coordination of activities within the Branch between Sections working on different aspects of implementation of the UNODC mandates in terrorism prevention in the context of the international legal instruments against terrorism, relevant Security Council resolutions and the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of reports and policy input on counter-terrorism for presentation to intergovernmental bodies, especially the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly, the United Nations Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.

Provide guidance for the strategic direction of the Branch in the area of counter-terrorism, including providing policy, substantive and programmatic guidance to ensure UNODC-wide coherence in the implementation of its mandates related to the prevention of terrorism.

Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of UNODC inputs and contributions to United Nations system-wide counter-terrorism initiatives, such as the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, and ensure coordination of UNODC's counter-terrorism work with the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council and its Executive Directorate, and other Security Council bodies dealing with counter-terrorism issues.

Undertake and/or oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.

Recruit staff, taking due account of geographical balance. Manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision.

Represent the Branch at international, regional or national meetings.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science or international affairs, preferably with a specialization in international law and/or criminal law, 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 Experiance

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience, including ten years at the international level, in crime prevention and criminal justice issues, preferably with a focus on terrorism prevention or related issues, is required. Work experience in managing intergovernmental processes, supporting policy development, providing legislative assistance, supporting programme development and administration and project management, is required.


Professionalism: Has expert knowledge of terrorism prevention, in particular crime prevention and criminal justice aspects of counter-terrorism and international cooperation relating to terrorism prevention. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as knowledge of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice as well as in counter-terrorism. Has sound knowledge of criminal justice aspects of international counter-terrorism issues. Is able to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Has knowledge of the modalities of international cooperation in criminal matters. 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.

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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks 'outside the box'; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


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

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