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Scientific Affairs Officer (Forensic Early Warning)

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Job Description:

The position is located in the Laboratory and Scientific Service (LSS), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), (COMPANY NAME) Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, Laboratory and Scientific Service (LSS).

For more information on UNODC, please visit our website: wxx.xxxxx.xxg

Responsibilities

Within limits of assigned authority, the incumbent will undertake activities in the context of the on-going Forensic and Scientific work programme of the (COMPANY NAME) Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), designed to maintain and strengthen capabilities of national drug testing and forensic laboratories, and to enhance the capacity of Member States to provide scientific support to drug control and crime prevention activities. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

*Provide substantive scientific guidance to the continuing development of the UNODC Early Warning Advisory on synthetic drugs, including its toxicology module.
*Conduct in-depth forensic data analysis and promote the use of forensic laboratory analytical data, including toxicology data in early warning systems in the review process for changing the scope of control of substances under the three international drug control conventions.
*Translate analytical data using effective visualization tools to aid decision making and inform Member States policy development in support of implementing international scheduling decisions.
*Develop standardized forensic training programmes and reference materials under the UNODC Global Forensic and Scientific Services Programme for use by technical assistance providers worldwide.
*Develop best practice guidelines, technical assistance tools and training materials, for use by Member States, to expand and reinforce specialized substantive expertise in the scientific and forensic field and related cross-cutting areas.
*Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, making presentations on assigned topics/activities, delivering technical training, ensuring requisite follow-up, etc.
*Provide guidance and advice to other relevant UNODC programmes and those of international partners on early warning on synthetic drugs to better inform their operational activities. Liaise with strategic partners and counterparts in the forensic field including academia, international organizations, forensic laboratories and associations, with a view to developing best practices and technical cooperation activities and fostering engagement on the Early Warning Advisory.
*Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, analyses
briefings, presentations, regular and ad-hoc reports, studies, responses to internal/external requests for scientific information particularly on synthetic drugs. Draft parts, or contribute to the preparation, of progress and assessment reports, appraisals, work plans. Liaise on relevant substantive issues with counterparts in UN and UNODC, both in Vienna and in the field, officials of other organizations and specialized agencies.
*Serve as the focal point for the UNODC Early Warning Advisory on synthetic drugs, expanding its portfolio of activities, reach and partnerships.
*Provide substantive input or contribute to the preparation of progress and assessment reports, appraisals, work plans.
*Coordinate and/or participate in technical field and assessment missions, including provision of forensic expertise and guidance to counterparts, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
*As required, contribute to the monitoring of expenditures and utilization of funds in assigned areas of responsibility, and fund-raising in relation to Scientific and Forensic support projects, in particular the Early Warning Advisory on synthetic drugs.
*Liaise on relevant substantive issues with counterparts in UN and UNODC, both in Vienna and in the field, officials of other organizations and specialized agencies. As required, coordinate the work of support staff members, mentors and guide Interns and Associate Experts in their work.
*Perform other work-related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, approaches, policies and practices relevant to scientific areas of drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the (COMPANY NAME) Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of major aspects of the work of forensic sciences institutions and laboratories and of UNODC activities in this field. Has knowledge of UN programme policies and practices. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Is able to analyse scientific data, conduct complex analyses and translate data into meaningful knowledge, maximizing data visualization methods and tools, propose meaningful guidance and actions to drive impact. 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 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the forensic sciences, analytical, organic or pharmaceutical chemistry, toxicology or a 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 five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in government, academic or private sector positions related to international drug control mechanism and the field of drug forensics, control or analysis is required.
Experience at the international level, in areas related to drug control and crime prevention is desirable.
Work experience in programme and project development and monitoring is desirable.
Experience with analytical data visualization including graphics software, data visualization tools and other data processing applications and database systems is desirable.
Practical experience in education and delivering training activities in the forensic sciences is desirable.
Experience working within the (COMPANY NAME) system and/or other similar international organizations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN official language is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.

Assessment

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 appointment against this position is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of funding.

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 (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is an H and a family duty station.

(COMPANY NAME) Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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, (COMPANY NAME) staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) including the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), 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.

No Fee

THE (COMPANY NAME) DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE (COMPANY NAME) DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS

Source: Company website
Posted on: 12 Jan 2021
Type of job: Internship
Industry: Government / Non Profit
Languages: English, French
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