Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Project Post), Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: UNEP Geneva

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Tuesday, 17 August 2021



Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 19 July 2021 - 17 August 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNEP-157159-R-Geneva (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival(

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), is the collaborative effort of the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO), to bring coordinated support to the national wildlife law enforcement agencies and to the sub-regional and regional networks that, on a daily basis, act in defense of natural resources. (

Under the supervision of the Chief, CITES Enforcement Unit, the incumbent of the project post will, within limits of delegated authority, coordinate and support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, projects, operations and other activities related to ICCWC, in particular the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme.

The Incumbent will perform the following duties: Responsibilities

1. Coordinate and support all actions required to ensure collective implementation of ICCWC projects and activities:

Coordinates and supports the implementation and evaluation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme and related projects and activities;
Coordinate and supports, as appropriate, the implementation of the provisions of Resolutions, Decisions and recommendations adopted by CITES governing bodies and directed to or requiring engagement with ICCWC partner agencies;
Ensures that ICCWC activities and projects support the implementation of Resolutions, Decisions and Recommendations adopted by CITES governing bodies; Facilitate the identification of the needs of Parties that can be addressed through the tools and services available through ICCWC, and initiate appropriate action;
Promote collective and coordinated development of projects and implementation of activities under the auspices of ICCWC;
Maintain and facilitate strong communication and coordination between ICCWC focal points of CITES, INTERPOL; UNODC, the World Bank and the WCO;
Facilitate the development and maintenance of up to date road maps for the work of ICCWC.

2. Support the Chief of Enforcement Support in administering the daily ICCWC related operations of the Section:

Prepare strategies for consideration by the Chief of Enforcement Support;
Oversee and coordinate the timely preparation of briefing papers, information documents, and other documentation on ICCWC and ICCWC related matters, including the preparation of documents for the meetings of the CITES Standing Committee (SC) and the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP);
Coordinate activities to plan and host side events, workshops, meetings and seminars as agreed to by the ICCWC Senior Experts Group (SEG);
Coordinate the preparation and review of ICCWC media releases in consultation with the ICCWC SEG and the CITES Secretariat media relations officer;
Oversee and coordinate the development, updating, improvement and expansion of the ICCWC website;
Oversee the development, improvement, and updating of materials to promote ICCWC visibility, such as banners, fact sheets, brochures, and manuals.

3. Monitor and coordinate all actions required to successfully host ICCWC meetings and to raise the profile of ICCWC in various fora:

Monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget);
Coordinates the meetings of the ICCWC Senior Experts Group (SEG) and provides support to relevant follow up activities as required;
Undertakes various initiatives; reviews analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions;
Coordinating and chairing the meetings of the ICCWC Technical Experts Group (TEG) and providing support to relevant follow up activities as required, including briefings to the ICCWC SEG;
Coordinates the work of ICCWC with relevant programmes and projects of ICCWC partner agencies (e.g. Global Wildlife Programme, CITES Trees and MIKES projects, UNODC’s Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, INTERPOL and WCO’s projects on wildlife crime) and other partners, regional networks and projects as appropriate;
Liaises with other international, regional and national organizations, agencies and programmes, as appropriate, to facilitate synergies between the work of these entities and the work conducted under the ICCWC Strategic Programme;
Assists the ICCWC SEG in the development of the strategic approach for the Consortium and the development of the ICCWC Vision 2030, including through the review and analysis of current and future issues and trends, evaluation of the programme and related activities;
Coordinates, reviews and finalizes various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
Provides substantive support to relevant meetings and activities of the CITES Secretariat and of ICCWC partners as appropriate, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
Participates in or lead field missions, workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities, including the provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries;
4. Perform other duties as assigned;
Undertakes tasks at the request of the Secretary-General and strengthening the implementation of CITES.


PROFESSIONALISM: 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in criminal law, criminology, environmental law, wildlife law, International law, or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in programme or project administration, management and technical cooperation involving criminal justice, combating wildlife crime as well as law enforcement issues is required.

Experience in substantively servicing intergovernmental bodies is required.

Experience in inter-governmental organization cooperation is desirable. Work experience with the Convention on

International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and relevant partner programmes and projects to combat wildlife crime is desirable.

Experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


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

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Initial appointment against this post is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/ Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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.

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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.

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