Legal Officer - United Nations, Austria, Deadline: May-10-2014

Posting Title:  Legal Officer, P3 
Job Code Title:  LEGAL OFFICER 
Department/ Office:  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 
Duty Station:  VIENNA 
Posting Period:  11 March 2014-10 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-LEG-UNODC-33651-R-VIENNA(G) 

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.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Conference Support Section (CSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The Legal Officer will report to the Chief of the Section or other senior officers in the Section.

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The incumbent will perform the following duties:

• Perform duties related to the Section's functions, as secretariat of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC convention and its protocols) and of the open-ended working groups established by the Conference;

• Draft documentation and provide substantive servicing to governing bodies in areas of drug control and crime prevention, including, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime; Commission on Narcotic Drugs; the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; General Assembly; United Nations Economic and Social Council, and other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies. Participate and assist in the substantive and administrative servicing of the meetings of those bodies;

• Provide substantive inputs for the implementation of activities aimed at enhancing the ratification and implementation of the drug control conventions, the UNTOC convention and its protocols;

• Provide a variety of specialized legal and capacity building services for Governments, for example legal advisory services, training seminars, expert group meetings in order to assist governments in treaty ratification and/or implementation of the international conventions and other international legal instruments related to drugs and crime;

• Conduct research on a range of legal issues in response to a variety of requests for advice and services; prepare draft analyses and propose solutions to problems or actions to be taken;

• Organize and implement a variety of programme activities aimed at improving national, governmental and inter-governmental drug control and crime prevention policies, strategies, plans and cooperation;
• Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, model legislation, etc.;

• Participate in programming, needs assessment and other technical missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions (IFIs), UN agencies, nongovernmental and/or civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs);

• Draft parts of or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme or project documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc.
• As required, supervise support staff members; mentor and guide interns and Associate Experts in their work;

• Perform other duties as required.




• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of legislative aspects of preventing and combating drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, including human trafficking, smuggling in migrants and trafficking in firearms. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Is familiar with the modalities of international cooperation in criminal matters. Is able to apply legal expertise to analyze a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions. Has excellent legal writing and expression skills. 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.

• 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.

• 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.




Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, preferably in criminal law or international criminal law or related fields, with a good coverage of crime prevention and criminal justice issues, 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 progressively responsible experience in public international law, including in the areas of drug control and crime prevention or related issues is required. Work experience in legal analysis and research, servicing intergovernmental bodies, legislative assistance, and experience in areas such as law enforcement, prosecution, legal defence, criminal justice, international relations or related fields, is required. Legal drafting experience is desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Fluency in another United Nations official language is highly desirable.


Assessment Method


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


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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