Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer

Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer

UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Kampala, Uganda

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in Kampala, Uganda which falls under the management of the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, the incumbent will report to the Programme Coordinator (Violent Extremism in Prisons) in the Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO) at UNODC headquarters, the latter being his or her primary contact point for substantive guidance. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the ROEA Head of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Pillar as well as the Transnational Organized Crime, Illicit Trafficking and Terrorism Pillar within the scope of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa 2016-2021”.


The focus of this position is to coordinate implementation of the UN project on “Strengthening the management of violent extremist prisoners (VEPs) and the prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons” (2018-21) in Uganda, which constitutes one out of three project beneficiary countries, the 1st and 2nd being Kazakhstan and Tunisia. The project will be co-implemented by UNODC and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), in consultation with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED).

Within assigned authority, and under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Violent Extremism in Prisons), the incumbent will be responsible for providing substantive support for the implementation of the project in Uganda. In particular, s/he will perform the following specific tasks:

  • Review, monitor and analyze, on an ongoing basis, social, economic and/or political developments and trends which are relevant to prison management in general, and to preventing and countering violent extremism in prisons, in particular.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of project activities in the country, including by supporting needs assessment, programming and other technical missions to the country and by organizing a variety of technical assistance activities aimed at strengthening the management of VEPs and the prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons.
  • Provide substantive support for the development of relevant technical and training materials, tools and capacity-building packages, participate in national workshops, seminars and training courses for prison staff and other relevant stakeholders, and deliver presentations, as required, in line with UNODC’s Handbook on the Management of VEPs and the Prevention of Radicalization to Violence in Prisons.
  • Assist in ensuring close coordination amongst co-implementing and associated project partners in the course of project implementation in the beneficiary country, and in maintaining transparent contacts with national stakeholders and donors, including by attending policy-making and technical meetings, as required; clarify UNODC’s work in the field of prison reform and of addressing violent extremism in prisons to (non-)governmental counterparts, as requested.
  • Prepare and maintain a country-specific and tailored work and monitoring plan, draft related reports on project achievements at the levels of activities, outputs and objectives in line with UNODC and donor-related reporting requirements, and prepare other written outputs, such as official correspondence, briefings and presentations.
  • Prepare budgets, monitor and report on the expenditures and the utilization of financial resources under the project segment for the beneficiary country and draft or contribute to financial progress reports, ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations as well as applicable reporting requirements.
  • Assume other work-related responsibilities, as required, such as those related to the recruitment and supervision of consultants and/or other project personnel; the implementation of project activities related to procurement and/or refurbishment; and to prison reform in the context of UNODC’s Global Programme on Addressing Prison Challenges, with a focus on VEPs.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has good knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice reform, in particular prison management and penal reform and corresponding practical challenges, preferably including the management of high-risk prisoners and VEPs and/or issues surrounding radicalization to violence and current approaches for disengaging individuals from violence. Has knowledge of the work of the UN in crime prevention and criminal justice, including penal reform, as well as standards and norms related to the treatment of prisoners. Has good project management skills, preferably including the implementation of projects in the UN or other international organizations and the preparation of narrative and financial project documents. Has sound judgment and excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues and to address sensitive issues in a diplomatic manner. Has a broad understanding of the situation in developing, transitional or post-conflict countries. Has good training skills including the delivery and/or organization of workshops or training courses. Is able to analyse expeditiously extensive substantive documentation and prepare comprehensive reports, summaries and policy briefs. 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.
  • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, 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 five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in areas relevant to UNODC’s crime prevention and criminal justice mandates is required. National and/or international experience in the field of prison management and/or penal reform is required. Experience in project management and implementation is required. Work experience in the United Nations system and/or in an international organization as well as experience in and knowledge of UN standards and norms in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular those related to the treatment of prisoners, are highly desirable. Relevant working experience in Africa is highly desirable. Experience in delivering workshops/training courses for criminal justice officials, preferably prison staff, is desirable. Experience in managing EU-funded projects is considered an advantage.


  • 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 other United Nations official languages is an advantage.


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

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