Adviser (Anti-Corruption), P4

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Location
    Lima, Peru
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 03

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Peru and Ecuador (ROPER) in Lima, Peru. The incumbent will report to the Representative, ROPER, and to the Chief, Implementation Support Section (ISS), Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), who will act as additional reporting officer. Within the duration of the assignment, the incumbent might be posted for shorter periods in national anti-corruption agencies of the respective region.


The Anti-Corruption Programme is a technical assistance programme being offered by UNODC to provide capacity building assistance to Member States to effectively implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Within assigned authority and under substantive and policy guidance of ISS/CEB/DTA, UNODC Headquarters Vienna, the Adviser (Anti-Corruption) is primarily responsible for the implementation of anti-corruption technical assistance activities (including policy advice, technical expertise and practical day-to-day support to anti-corruption bodies). The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide expert advice and input to the development and implementation of a technical assistance programme in anti-corruption at the regional and/or national levels in South America, in accordance with the UNODC’s overall strategy and as an integral element of the UNODC Regional Programmes.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for the anti-corruption programme by establishing and maintaining close liaison with donor countries and other partners in coordination with DTA/CEB, the Office for Peru and Ecuador and other relevant field offices.
  • Provide advice and assistance, where necessary and required, in enhancing and upgrading the relevant legislation and other legal instruments in conformity with UNCAC. Support the strengthening and capacity building of the national anti-corruption agency including development of its mandate, structure and operational practices. Provide advisory services and technical expertise to specialized anti-corruption bodies and units on preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting cases of corruption and related offences.
  • Support States parties that are under review in the implementation review mechanism of UNCAC, and provide technical assistance based on needs identified in the context of the review mechanism.
  • Conduct and/or follow-up on anti-corruption technical assistance needs assessments. Provide technical guidance and expertise to national counterparts and the UNODC field offices on anti-corruption.
  • Foster contacts and, where appropriate, co-operation and partnerships with bodies and institutions at national, regional and international levels tasked with the prevention and control of corruption. Work with government counterparts to strengthen capacity to deal with proceeds of crime, mutual legal assistance and asset recovery, in particular with relevant government agencies, but also with the legislature and the private sector, as appropriate.
  • Assist in designing and further upgrading and developing the national anti-corruption strategy and anti-corruption campaigns in collaboration with civil society, media, business sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Develop targeted anti-corruption training courses based on needs analysis, especially for key personnel in the area of prevention, criminalization, enforcement and asset recovery.
  • Coordinate closely all activities carried out under the Project with the regional UNODC anti-corruption advisers and the regional governance advisers of UNDP, and where opportune, implement such activities jointly. Liaise and share information regularly with other partners on programme activities. Prepare regular progress reports on the development of his/her work, as may be requested by the funding partner(s), national counterparts or UNODC.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the particular sector and functional area with a focus on corruption and economic crime related issues. Has good knowledge of legislative aspects of preventing and combating corruption, including their international dimensions. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and contribute to the resolution of problems/issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular substantive knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Has ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given and ability to provide effective specialized advice. 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.
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, international relations, political and social sciences or a related discipline 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 professional experience working within or providing technical advisory services to anti-corruption bodies or investigating and prosecuting corruption cases in an anti-corruption agency, law enforcement, prosecution service or the judiciary, or working as technical adviser on anti-corruption in international organizations or a non-governmental organization is required.
  • Experience with mutual legal assistance, proceeds of crime and/or asset recovery legislation and casework and in designing national anti-corruption policies, strategies, and public campaigns, is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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