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Drug Control Officer (Illicit Synthetic Drugs) (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporar

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Vienna, Austria
Internship, Legal, English, French, Spanish

Job Description:

This position is located in the Laboratory and Scientific Section (LSS), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), (COMPANY NAME) Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. Under the overall guidance of the Chief, Laboratory and Scientific Section and supervision of the Illicit Synthetic Drugs Expert, the incumbent will undertake activities under the "Global Synthetics Monitoring, Analysis, Reporting and Trends Programme" (Global SMART). He/she will also work in close consultation with relevant UNODC staff at both Headquarters and in the field.

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


The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

*Propose, design and carry out substantive studies and projects and analyze key trends and threats on illicit synthetic drugs, new psychoactive substances and related precursor chemicals, at regional and global levels.

*Review and monitor the developments and trends in the area of synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances at the national, regional and/or global level, on an ongoing basis.

*Prepare and draft a variety of written outputs such as studies, technical reports, background papers, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad-hoc reports, and other relevant outputs on illicit synthetic drugs and related issues.

*Contribute to fund-raising in relation to assigned projects and programmes by preparing materials and participating in donor meetings and fund-raising missions by building support for cost-sharing contributions from Governments, and identifying other local funding sources for UNODC projects and activities.

*Explain and clarify UNODC programme of work, policies and strategies in the assigned substantive/functional areas and/or regions to governments, civil society organizations, UN agencies, their officials and representatives as well as to the public in general.

*Participate in conferences, missions and meetings as required, including preparing and delivering presentations.

*As required, guide support staff members, project personnel, interns and Associate Experts in their work.

*Perform other work-related duties as required.


*Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandated areas. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control as well as the mandates of UNODC. Has knowledge of and specialization in synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to evaluate, identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Is able to apply judgment in the context of the assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

*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.

*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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, social sciences, police, business or public administration or relevant social or political area with significant focus on non-traditional security threats, such as transnational/national organized crime, criminal justice and/or law enforcement issues. 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 (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in illicit drug issues, including extensive experience in monitoring and/or analysis of synthetic drugs markets in an international environment, is required.
Experience in drafting technical reports on illicit synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances trends is required.
Professional experience with the management of online databases is desirable.
Work experience in organizing and implementing international expert meetings is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

*This is a project post and temporarily available for six months, with possibility of extension. Filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
* While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no
bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
* Staff members of the (COMPANY NAME) common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need
period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
* Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform
the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
* Vienna is classified 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.

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


Source: Company website
Posted on: 15 Jan 2020
Type of job: Internship
Job duration: 0 months
Languages: English, French, Spanish
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