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Secretariat Services Officer (Drug Control and Crime Prevention), P3 | UN Job Opening

Job Opening

Posting Title: Secretariat Services Officer (Drug Control and Crime Prevention), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 25 September 2017 – 08 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-85730-R-Vienna (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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.

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies (SGB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The Secretariat Services Officer (Drug Control and Crime Prevention) reports directly to the Chief of the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies, under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division.


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provide technical and substantive support to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in conducting follow-up to the special session of the General Assembly of the world drug problem held in 2016 and in preparing for the sixty-second session of the Commission, to be held in 2019.
• Assist in the organization and substantive servicing of the intersessional meetings of the CND, including research and analysis of material for the preparation of background documents, as well as reports and outcome notes of meetings.
• Support the organization and substantive servicing of negotiations processes of the CND.;
• Promote the Commission’s activities to ensure their visibility, including through the preparations for special events and the production of promotional material related to them, and promote the Commission’s work on social media channels and through audio-visual means.
• Plan and develop websites of the Commission, including on post-UNGASS (United Nations General Assembly Special Session) matters and for the preparations for the sixty-second session of the Commission.
• Conduct research and prepare or coordinate preparation of documents for the Commission, in particular CND subsidiary bodies, the Secretariat of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the General Assembly, as required.
• Provide substantive services for subsidiary body meetings of the CND; support the preparation and conduct of working groups; draft documents and reports (pre-, in- and post- session documents); as required.
• Support the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in carrying out its functions effectively as central UN policy-making body in drug-related matters.
• Liaise with Permanent Missions to provide information and clarification on the Commissions’ activities.
• Perform other work related duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Has substantive knowledge of the work of the United Nations in drug control and crime prevention and criminal justice and substantive knowledge of the international drug control conventions as well as of mandates in the area of drug related matters. Is able to produce and contribute to reports and papers on technical and substantive issues and to review and edit the work of others. Has proven ability to analyze expeditiously extensive and substantive policy documentation. 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.
• 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.
• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law, political science, international relations, economics, administration or relevant related field 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 five years of professional experience in working in international affairs is required. Substantive experience in working on international drug control matters is required. Experience in servicing of, including the application of relevant rules of procedure, and preparing documentation for intergovernmental bodies is required. Fully proficient computer skills and a profound knowledge of relevant software, in particular web applications and social media, is required.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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