Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Chief Advisor), P4

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Location
    San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 08

Position description

This position is located in the Programme Office in El Salvador (POSLV), under the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN) in Panama Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative, Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

  • Provide specialised support to law enforcement personnel/prosecutors/magistrates/judges in the implementation and execution of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its related Protocols (UNTOC Convention) as well as the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
  • Oversee and lead the implementation of the project on Strengthening the Public Prosecution Office of El Salvador.
  • Design, prepare and deliver capacity building and training activities for the El Salvador authorities with a focus on organized crime, corruption and anti-money laundering matters.
  • Coordinate programmatic/administrative tasks necessary, including the preparation and management of project work plans, budgets, policy and operational objectives of the organized crime prosecutors’ network.
  • Collect, develop and assess information related to organized crime and corruption in El Salvador.
  • Prepare documents and reports such as progress reports, funding proposals and newsletters in a timely and efficient manner.
  • With the overall aim of strengthening the rule of law, provide and supervise expert legal advisory services and assistance to requesting authorities in the areas related to organized crime, corruption, anti-money laundering and related matters.
  • Lead or participate in needs assessment and other technical missions in the areas related to the programme, and draft or provide inputs to assessment reports or elaborate recommendations.
  • Represent UNODC as an expert resource person in workshops, training activities and meetings and represent UNODC in relevant regional and international events.
  • Keep abreast with the development of new legal trends, as well as intergovernmental organized crime, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering mandates related to the work of UNODC.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and cooperation with Governments and experts, with international organizations, assistance agencies and donors.
  • Coordinate the work of and provide guidance and advice to project staff under his/her supervisions (both substantive and administrative staff).
  • Perform other work related duties as may be required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, approaches and international legal instruments relevant to the areas of control and prevention of organized crime, corruption and anti-money laundering. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Demonstrates ability to provide advice and coordination in the planning, development and management of operations. Demonstrates ability to apply good judgment, to identify key issues and make sound recommendations. Is able to prepare legal reviews, reports and papers and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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. Demonstrates a high level of initiative and the ability to be proactive in seeking to develop new areas of work within identified objectives and strategies.
  • 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.
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in criminal justice and anti-corruption issues is required. Experience as a judge, prosecutor, advocate or legal adviser in criminal justice, anti-corruption and other related fields is required. Practical experience in developing or implementing organized crime, corruption, and related laws, as well as experience providing technical assistance related to international cooperation in criminal matters is required. Experience in programme/project management and/or technical cooperation projects as well as with international organizations is highly desirable. Experience with the legal systems of Latin America is desirable.


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

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