Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Violent Extremism in Prisons), P3

UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 02

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Programme Office for Kazakhstan in Astana, which falls under the management of the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), based in Uzbekistan. Under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, the incumbent will report to the International Programme Coordinator of Sub-Programme II (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice) of UNODC’s Regional Programme for Central Asia and to the Programme Coordinator (Violent Extremism in Prisons) in the Justice Section, UNODC Headquarters, the latter being the incumbent’s primary contact point for substantive guidance.

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The focus of this position is to coordinate implementation of the UN project on “Supporting the management of violent extremist prisoners (VEPs) and the prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons” (2018-21) in Kazakhstan, which constitutes one out of the three project beneficiary countries. The project will be co-implemented by UNODC and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), in consultation with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED). 

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for providing substantive support to the implementation of the project in Kazakhstan. In particular, s/he will perform the following specific tasks:

•Review, monitor and analyze, on an ongoing basis, social, economic and/or political developments and trends in Kazakhstan 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 Kazakhstan, including by supporting needs assessments, programming and other technical missions to the country and by organizing a variety of technical assistance activities aimed at strengthening the management of Violent Extremist Prisoners (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 Prisons.

•Assist in ensuring close coordination amongst co-implementing and associated project partners in the course of project implementation in Kazakhstan, 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 in Kazakhstan, as requested.

•Prepare and maintain a country-specific and tailored work and monitoring plan, draft related reports on project achievements in Kazakhstan 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 presentations.

•Prepare budgets, monitor and report on the expenditures and the utilization of financial resources under the project segment for Kazakhstan 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 criminal justice and penal reform in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, with a focus on preventing/countering violent extremism.

•Perform other work related duties as required.


•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 for 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 and organizational 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, economics, international relations, law, or 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 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 and/or in a similar international organization is highly desirable. Experience with UN and/or international standards and norms in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular those related to the treatment of prisoners, is highly desirable. Relevant working experience in the region of Central Asia is highly desirable. Experience in delivering workshops/training courses for criminal justice officials, preferably prison staff, is desirable. Experience in managing EU-funded projects is considered an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian and/or Kazakh is highly desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. 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.

Astana is classified as a B and a family duty station.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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.

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