Legal and Policy Officer (Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling), P3

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 29

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of the Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator “Global Action to prevent and address trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants”, and the overall guidance of the Chief of HTMSS.


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Provide substantive legal and policy support to the implementation of the Project: “Global Action to prevent and address trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants” (GLO.ACT);
  • Develop and implement, as assigned, specific components of the Action in accordance with GLO.ACT’s approach to implementation, with a special focus on criminal justice: provide substantive legal and policy input for the formulation, implementation and assessment of project activities; collect and compile relevant background data and information; undertake desk research and assessment missions; liaise with partner countries and other donor entities on resource mobilization; cooperate and coordinate closely with the UNODC field offices and the experts placed in the field by the Action on implementation arrangements, potential partners and detailed specifications for project activities;
  • Facilitate and provide support to training and other capacity-building assistance for criminal justice actors, including the development of related technical material: Participate in the design and facilitate interregional, regional and national training activities; prepare and provide input to standardized training materials; facilitate and carry out training activities, as required; review and revise relevant UNODC training and capacity-building tools; promote their use and application by respective target groups in partner countries; compile information on best practices in the response to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; coordinate and liaise with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions which are active in the provision of training on related issues at the international, regional or country level;
  • Attend and contribute to technical consultations with partner countries, the EU and other actors on measures against trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants; participate in review, monitoring and evaluation events for the Action; undertake negotiations and consultations on anti-trafficking in persons and anti-smuggling issues, especially those concerning legal and policy issues, with relevant international bodies and organizations and NGOs, as required; prepare technical presentations on the Action; make substantive presentations on behalf of UNODC on trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants at related regional/international criminal justice and/or other events, as required;
  • Frequent duty travel, up to 30% of working time, to the GLO.ACT partner countries (especially Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan) and other regions to support project implementation, deliver capacity building and hold consultations with national and regional counterparts;
  • Prepare technical presentations at related national/regional/international criminal justice and/or other events; make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.;
  • Review and provide substantive legal and policy inputs to a variety of written outputs developed by staff or consultants, such as reports, analysis, studies, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.;
  • Support GLO.ACT Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning mechanism by ensuring a monitoring and follow-up of the policy, legal and capacity building activities supported;
  • Monitor and review legal and policy best practices and methodologies and contribute to their promotion among partner countries; pilot-tests promising practices through the design and implementation of targeted activities; summarize experience from pilot activities;
  • Identify opportunities to showcase the Action’s legal and policy results, such as by organizing side events, brownbag sessions, technical exchanges, etc.;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the project’s communication and visibility plan;
  • Perform other work related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge and specialization in the field of human trafficking and/or migrant smuggling. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Is familiar with technical assistance related issues and has some knowledge of project/programme development and implementation. 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 the 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law or international 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 five years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with combating trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, or other roles concerning the response to trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants is required;
  • Experience in international criminal justice matters is required;
  • Experience prosecuting or supporting the criminal justice response to human trafficking and migrant smuggling is desirable;
  • Experience in delivering capacity building to prosecutors and judges is desirable;
  • Experience with project formulation, implementation and monitoring is desirable;
  • Work experience in international development cooperation is desirable;
  • Work experience within the United Nations System and/or a similar international organization is desirable.


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

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