Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Asset Recovery)
The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties: Provide substantive input to the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of UNODC-led activities within the StAR Initiative, aimed at assisting the Member States, as well as other interested parties in the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially its provisions on international cooperation and asset recovery; Contribute to day to day operation of the StAR Secretariat and, including, preparations for the StAR Management Committee meetings, strategic planning, and interaction with developments partners and donors; Conceptualise and coordinate the planning and delivery of a variety of specialized technical services for governments, eg expert advisory services, expert group meetings, training seminars, etc., in order to assist them in the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially its provisions on international cooperation and asset recovery; Contribute to the implementation of StAR country engagements and provide specialised legal advice to Government officials on national legal systems and implementation structures, identify, evaluate and recommend required corrective measures and improvements, including for international coordination; capacity building and specialized training of senior officials, in particular in the areas of international cooperation and asset recovery; Lead large, complex field and technical missions to assess the needs and elaborate assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions and UN agencies; Review the appraisals/assessments of the draft programme and project ideas and proposals for technical assistance; Contribute to the identification of emerging trends, policy and programme challenges, opportunities and the formulation of strategies for addressing them; develop and propose strategies for the delivery of appropriate technical assistance; provide input to policy and strategy documents; identify and elaborate programme interventions for providing relevant legal advisory services to countries and for intergovernmental forums; Contribute to the review, appraisal and promotion of best practices and programmes in connection with international cooperation and asset recovery; Coordinate the preparation of specialized technical documents and publications; guide, evaluate and review specialized substantive input of senior and other experts; Contribute to the efforts aimed at enhancing the institutional knowledge and understanding by Governments, as well as other UN agencies of the nature and extent of the existing and emerging issues and challenges in relation to asset recovery and international cooperation; Promote the profile and advocate the use of UNODC advisory services and mobilize policy and political level support among recipient countries; Provide specialized policy, strategy, programme and legal advice and technical input to CEB and StAR Joint Secretariat senior management on the complex legal and substantive issues related to the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially its provisions on international cooperation and asset recovery; Participate in and lead specialized aspects of policy consultations with Government representatives and high-level officials from other UN system entities, international and regional intergovernmental organizations, etc.; Participate in international, regional and/or national meetings; participate in high level intergovernmental and inter-organizational consultations and high profile and specialized technical meetings; provide expert advice for major external events and activities; present the work of the StAR initiative in various forums; liaise with relevant international organizations; Provide substantive, strategic and programmatic guidance and advice to experts, consultants and contractors in delivering assistance to countries on the legal and other related aspects of implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially its provisions on international cooperation and asset recovery; Contribute regularly to reports to the Conference of the States Parties to UNCAC and its subsidiary bodies on progress in the implementation of the StAR initiative; May perform other work-related duties as required. Competencies Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to international cooperation in criminal matters and asset recovery and functional area with a focus on corruption related issues. Has expert knowledge of legislative aspects of preventing and combating corruption, including their international dimensions. Has knowledge of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular substantive knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, as well as of the existing regional and sectoral anti-corruption instruments. Demonstrates ability to identify key strategic issues, analyze and contribute to the resolution of complex problems/issues. Has strong conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given and to provide effective specialized expert advice. Has excellent coordination and communication 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. 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. Education Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in law preferably with a specialization in international law and 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 Experience A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience, including five years at the international level, in crime prevention, criminal justice, anti-corruption, international cooperation and asset recovery, including in related advisory functions is required. Experience with the operational modalities of international, regional and sub-regional cooperation in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, including in the area of corruption and asset recovery is required. Experience with national legislative reform, anti-corruption legislation and international cooperation, including extradition, mutual legal assistance and asset recovery is required. Experience in managing intergovernmental processes and in servicing intergovernmental bodies and/or work of treaty implementation review bodies is desirable. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills is required. Knowledge of French, Spanish and/or other United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese and Russian) is desirable.