Director, D-2

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
  • Location
    Turin, Italy
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jun 25

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in Turin, Italy. In line with the Statute, guidelines, policies and priorities established by the Board of Trustees of UNICRI, the Director of the Institute reports to the Board of the Institute on substantive matters and, in accordance with the designation of the Secretary-General, to the Representative of the Secretary-General on the Board of Trustees, who exercises oversight functions of the human resources, financial resources, and other administrative aspects.


Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Direct, manage and administer the Institute in accordance with the general substantive directives issued by the Board of Trustees of UNICRI within the terms of the authority delegated to the Director by the Secretary-General or his/her designated representative and under the overall guidance of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice;
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the substantive work programme of the Institute, including fund-raising, to ensure a strategic programme portfolio and high delivery performance, in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice in line with principles, guidelines, policies, priorities established by the Board of Trustees of UNICRI and under the overall guidance of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice;
  • Oversee the programmatic work of the Institute, including programme design, assigning and monitoring performance parameters and critical indicators, preparation of result-based budgets, risk management, and decision-making, oversight and clarity of accountabilities;
  • Provide the Board of Trustees and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice with substantive advice on crime prevention and criminal justice matters. Submit mandated reports to the Economic and Social Council through the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice;
  • Oversee the management of the financial and human resources of UNICRI, in full compliance with the United Nations rules and regulations, and allocate resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
  • Oversee the design and conduct of research and training activities to build capacity in crime prevention and criminal justice toward achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, in partnership with other research, training institutes and universities, UN entities, international and national institutions, philanthropic institutions and the private sector engaged in similar work, and leveraging UN Cooperation tools;
  • Report to the Board of Trustees of UNICRI on budget and programme performance, particularly those related to the budget approved by the Board.


  • Professionalism: Has solid knowledge of the United Nations system and its administrative procedures, as well as a good understanding of the mandates, policies and technical cooperation procedures of the United Nations. Has knowledge of and professional competence in the fields related to crime and justice, as mentioned in the UN crime conventions and protocols, of the work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Has knowledge and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN cooperation tools, with the ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients, demonstrated by sustainable innovation results in previous career. Has proven ability to develop and implement strategies to mobilize resources, particularly for research and technical cooperation activities. Has proven ability to manage large organizations, preferably at the international level, made of sizable work units of specialists in different fields and with a large portfolio. 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;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • 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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, public administration, management, law, international relations and/or other related field, is required. Academic specialization in crime prevention and criminal justice, or closely related issues, is highly desirable. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible professional working experience, most of which at the international level, in such areas as research, policy analysis, technical assistance and cooperation is required;
  • Work experience in programme development and implementation in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice is required;
  • Solid managerial experience, including at the senior level, is required;
  • Work experience in managing international technical assistance in crime prevention and criminal justice or closely related issues is desirable;
  • Work experience in the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable;
  • Work experience in or with developing countries is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage. Knowledge of Italian is an asset.


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