Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BRUSSELS
Posting Period: 21 July 2021 – 19 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-159740-R-Brussels (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Brussels Liaison Office (BRULO), Belgium, Co-Financing and Partnership Section (CPS), Public Affairs and Policy Support Branch (PAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA). The position operates technically under the Sustainable Livelihoods Unit (SLU), Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC). The Programme Officer (Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime) will report to the UNODC Representative of the Brussels Liaison Office (BRULO) and s/he will receive technical and operational guidance from the Chief, Sustainable Livelihoods Unit (SLU).

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The focus of this post is to plan, organize, coordinate, manage and/or provide substantive input and backstopping to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime with a focus on environmental crime strategies and environmental conservation, policies and programmes, in particular, focusing on donor and partner relations, notably with the European Union and other institutional donors and key partners such as the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).

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

•Coordinate and support the implementation of criminal justice activities and field projects to address wildlife, fisheries, forest crime, minerals related crimes, waste trafficking and other crimes that affect the environment and climate change, in particular programmes funded by the European Union, by providing input to the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of related projects.

•Provide programmatic recommendations and policy briefs, develop project proposals to enhance and support SLU activities; coordinate funding and activities to be implemented by UNODC in partnership with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime.

•Provide substantive and technical support and advice in the area of wildlife, fisheries, forest crime, minerals related crimes, waste trafficking and other crimes that affect the environment and climate change to Member States, UNODC Field Offices, United Nations offices and agencies and other development-oriented drug control programmes.

•Plan, organize, coordinate and carry out the ongoing review, monitoring and analysis of social, economic and political developments and trends in the assigned wildlife, fisheries, forest crime, minerals related crimes, waste trafficking and other crimes that affect the environment and climate change at the national, regional and/or global levels.

•Plan, organize, coordinate, implement and evaluate programme activities aimed at enhancing the institutional knowledge and understanding of the Governments, civil society and UN agencies of the nature and extent of wildlife, fisheries, forest crime, minerals related crimes, waste trafficking and other crimes that affect the environment and climate change.

•Review and appraise best practices and programmes in preventing and addressing crimes that affect the environment and climate change, promote them among Member States, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general; pilot-test promising practices through the design and implementation of specialized programmes and projects; summarize experience from pilot projects.

•Monitor and/or certify expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility; maintain files on major subjects and special files on countries; coordinate the preparation of and/or prepare the necessary programme or project documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, specifically as relates to wildlife, fisheries, forest crime, minerals related crimes, waste trafficking and other crimes that affect the environment and associated crimes such as corruption and money laundering. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, policies and practices related to crimes that affect the environment as well as relevant mandates of UNODC. Has good research, organizational, analytical and communication skills to liaise and advocate with key stakeholders and other implementing agencies. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources and is able to analyse and evaluate data. Has proven ability to write technical reports and reviews and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues and defending recommendations. 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 and 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.

•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 social science, political science, environmental studies, economics, international relations, law, or related field 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 progressively responsible professional experience in areas relevant to UNODC’s mandates, such as environmental crime, sustainable livelihoods, alternative development, drug control, crime prevention, justice, security sector, rule of law, governance, international development, public administration, social development or related area is required.
Experience in managing sustainable livelihoods, environmental conservation and/or related crime prevention programmes at the policy and/or field level is required.
Experience managing donor funding, including EU funding, is required.
Experience with the United Nations or similar international/intergovernmental organization is desirable.
Field experience is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary- General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Brussels is classified an A and a family duty station.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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