Program Officer (English)

Where: Vienna (Austria)

Extent of Work: Full Time

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Within the assigned authority the incumbent will contribute specialized legal and criminal justice-related expertise for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNOCT-UNODC-IPU Programme on the Role of Parliaments in Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) is responsible for the following tasks:

•Contribute to the conceptualization, development, implementation, and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, in particular under the framework of the UNOCT-UNODC-IPU Programme on the Role of Parliaments in Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism;
•Contribute to the planning, organization and implementation of and participate in legal and capacity building activities for national parliaments, especially workshops to review and draft national legislation, regulations and policy pertaining to counter-terrorism;
•Conduct in-depth legal analysis and review national legislation related to counter-terrorism;
•Identify legal gaps and provide assistance in the formulation and drafting of relevant laws, policy and regulations necessary to comply with international counter-terrorism standards;
•Carry out legal research to prepare guidelines, legal reports and working documents for parliaments on counter-terrorism related issues;
•Provide specialized legal advice/support to national parliaments on complex legal issues concerning counter-terrorism;
•Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources;
•Prepare and contribute to various written outputs, including project documents, reports, technical briefings, background papers, legal papers, speeches, talking points, presentations and other documents, as required;
•Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Has demonstrated professional competence and expertise in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies, programme coordination and management support. Has demonstrated competence and expertise in planning, coordinating and management support for technical assistance activities (especially: needs analysis, programme conceptualization and write-up; programme coordination, liaison and reporting; and budgetary and financial monitoring). Has knowledge of the mandate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in terrorism prevention. Has sound analytical skills and is able to identify problems and to contribute to problem solving. Shows commitment to the achieving highest 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.

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: Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with all relevant stakeholders, identifies clearly their needs to develop and implement policy and other responses. Ensures continuous dialogue with the stakeholders monitoring the relevant developments and undertaking the necessary adjustments; 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 is required. Specialization in criminal law and counter-terrorism 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in legal affairs is required.
Experience in crime prevention with a focus on terrorism prevention is required.
Legal drafting experience, in both civil and common law legal systems is required.
Work experience at both national and international levels is an advantage.


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


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

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