UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer Job Careers – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Job Title:    Crime Prevention and
Criminal Justice Officer (Violent Extremism in Prisons)

Organization: United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-120646-R-Kampala (E)

Reports to: Programme
Coordinator (Violent Extremism in Prisons)

Grade: P3

About US:

The United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime is a United Nations office that was established in
1997 to assist the UN in better addressing a coordinated, comprehensive
response to the interrelated issues of illicit trafficking in and abuse of
drugs, crime prevention and criminal justice, international terrorism, and
political corruption. These goals are pursued through three primary functions:
research, guidance and support to governments in the adoption and
implementation of various crime-, drug-, terrorism-, and corruption-related
conventions, treaties and protocols, as well as technical/financial assistance
to said governments to face their respective situations and challenges in these

Job Summary:  The Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
Officer (Violent Extremism in Prisons) will coordinate implementation of the UN
project on “Strengthening the management of violent extremist prisoners (VEPs)
and the prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons” (2018-21) in
Uganda, which constitutes one out of three project beneficiary countries, the
1st and 2nd being Kazakhstan and Tunisia. The project will be co-implemented by
UNODC and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), in consultation with the UN
Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED).

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Review, monitor and analyze, on an
    ongoing basis, social, economic and/or political developments and trends
    which are relevant to prison management in general, and to preventing and
    countering violent extremism in prisons, in particular.
  • Participate in the development,
    implementation and evaluation of project activities in the country,
    including by supporting needs assessment, programming and other technical
    missions to the country and by organizing a variety of technical
    assistance activities aimed at strengthening the management of VEPs and
    the prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons.
  • Provide substantive support for the development
    of relevant technical and training materials, tools and capacity-building
    packages, participate in national workshops, seminars and training courses
    for prison staff and other relevant stakeholders, and deliver
    presentations, as required, in line with UNODC’s Handbook on the
    Management of VEPs and the Prevention of Radicalization to Violence in
  • Assist in ensuring close coordination
    amongst co-implementing and associated project partners in the course of
    project implementation in the beneficiary country, and in maintaining
    transparent contacts with national stakeholders and donors, including by
    attending policy-making and technical meetings, as required; clarify
    UNODC’s work in the field of prison reform and of addressing violent
    extremism in prisons to (non-)governmental counterparts, as requested.
  • Prepare and maintain a country-specific
    and tailored work and monitoring plan, draft related reports on project
    achievements at the levels of activities, outputs and objectives in line
    with UNODC and donor-related reporting requirements, and prepare other
    written outputs, such as official correspondence, briefings and
  • Prepare budgets, monitor and report on
    the expenditures and the utilization of financial resources under the
    project segment for the beneficiary country and draft or contribute to
    financial progress reports, ensuring compliance with UN financial rules
    and regulations as well as applicable reporting requirements.
  • Assume other work-related
    responsibilities, as required, such as those related to the recruitment
    and supervision of consultants and/or other project personnel; the
    implementation of project activities related to procurement and/or
    refurbishment; and to prison reform in the context of UNODC’s Global
    Programme on Addressing Prison Challenges, with a focus on VEPs.
  • Perform other work-related duties as

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Crime Prevention and Criminal
    Justice Officer (Violent Extremism in Prisons) job placement should hold
    an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political
    science, social science, economics, international relations, law or
    related field. 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.
  • At least five years of progressively
    responsible professional work experience in areas relevant to UNODC’s
    crime prevention and criminal justice mandates is required
  • National and/or international experience
    in the field of prison management and/or penal reform and experience in
    project management and implementation is desirable.
  • Work experience in the United Nations
    system or a similar international organization is desirable.
  • Experience in and knowledge of UN
    standards and norms in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice,
    in particular those related to the treatment of prisoners, is highly
  • Experience in delivering
    workshops/training courses for criminal justice officials, preferably
    prison staff, is desirable.
  • Experience in managing EU-funded
    projects is highly desirable.
  • Relevant working experience in Africa is
    highly desirable.
  • Languages: fluency in English is required.
    Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations
    official languages is an advantage.


  • Professionalism: Has good knowledge and understanding of
    concepts, practices and approaches relevant to crime prevention and
    criminal justice reform, in particular prison management and penal reform
    and corresponding practical challenges, preferably including the
    management of high-risk prisoners and VEPs and/or issues surrounding
    radicalization to violence and current approaches for disengaging
    individuals from violence. Has knowledge of the work of the UN in crime
    prevention and criminal justice, including penal reform, as well as
    standards and norms related to the treatment of prisoners. Has good
    project management skills, preferably including the implementation of
    projects in the UN or other international organizations and the
    preparation of narrative and financial project documents. Has sound
    judgment and excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, including
    the ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues
    and to address sensitive issues in a diplomatic manner. Has a broad
    understanding of the situation in developing, transitional or
    post-conflict countries. Has good training skills including the delivery
    and/or organization of workshops or training courses. Is able to analyse
    expeditiously extensive substantive documentation and prepare
    comprehensive reports, summaries and policy briefs. 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the aforementioned capacity should
endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review
job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.

Click Here

Deadline: 9th August 2019

For more of the
latest jobs, please visit https://www.theugandanjobline.com or
find us on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UgandanJobline

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.