Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Prison Reform), P3

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Manila, Philippines
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 06

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Office in the Philippines (POPHL) in Manila, under the Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer based in Bangkok, Thailand, and with the additional guidance/supervision of the Programme Officer (Officer-in-Charge of POPHL), based in Manila.


Within assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Prison Reform) will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Provide substantive expertise and support to the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UNODC technical assistance mandate on criminal justice reform in the Philippines, covering prison reform;
  • Review, research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources on matters pertaining to criminal justice reform, covering prison reform, especially by keeping abreast with the latest national and local developments in the Philippines on prison reform and violent extremism and terrorism;
  • Coordinate and liaise closely with government counterparts and other key stakeholders, including UN entities and other international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector, when appropriate and as necessary, for the effective organization and delivery of technical assistance and capacity-building activities on prison management-related matters;
  • Participate, facilitate and/or provide substantive expertise at conferences, seminars, workshops, roundtable discussions, consultative meetings, and any other relevant fora on prison management-related matters in the Philippines;
  • Provide substantive and operational guidance to Programme Associates, Programme Assistants and external consultants supporting the implementation of the project under the incumbent’s purview;
  • Contribute to and/or prepare various written outputs such as, inter alia, briefing notes, concept notes, agendas, project proposals and progress reports, and exercise quality-control over technical inputs to publications and other technical assistance tools on prison reform;
  • Keep regular track of projects’ expenditures to ensure alignment with initial budget allocations;
  • Promote, develop and/or enhance operational synergies with other UNODC global, regional and country initiatives in related areas of the organization’s mandate, such as, inter alia, terrorism prevention, transnational organized crime, juvenile justice and anti-corruption;
  • Contribute to enhanced collaboration and coordination with the Justice Section at UNODC Headquarters in order to keep abreast with normative and programmatic developments at the global level and to provide input on the Philippines;
  • Promote and strengthen a human rights and rule of law-based approach to prison reform, as well as a gender perspective into UNODC overall delivery of services in these areas;
  • Contribute to the organization’s outreach and resource-mobilization efforts;
  • Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence, knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice issues, in particular to prison management and the management of violent extremist offenders. Has knowledge of the international policy and legal frameworks on prison management and penal reform, and a sound understanding of the institutional architecture around these matters. Has knowledge of the mandate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in criminal justice. Has demonstrated competence in planning, coordinating and providing management support for the delivery of technical assistance activities (especially: needs analysis, programme conceptualization and write-up; programme coordination, liaison and reporting; and budgetary and financial monitoring). Is able to contribute to designing, organizing and conducting technical assistance activities. Has sound analytical skills and is able to identify problems and to contribute to problem-solving. Shows commitment to achieving high quality outputs, timeliness, conscientiousness, attention to detail and ability to bring matters to closure. 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.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political or social science, criminal justice or closely related fields 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 and directly relevant professional experience in prison management/reform, criminal justice reform, rule of law and/or human rights is required.
  • Past professional experience in the prevention of violent extremism in prison settings, where that topic was the main assignment, is required.
  • Direct professional experience in the designing, planning, coordination and implementation of technical assistance projects is required.
  • Working experience with governmental or intergovernmental organizations on prison reform-related matters is required.
  • Working experience in/on Southeast Asia and/or the Pacific is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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