UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer Jobs in Uganda

UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer Jobs in 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”.


  • 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.

  • 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.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 28th May 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer Jobs in Uganda

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