Associate Programme Officer (Cybercrime), Kampala, Uganda At United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Closing date: Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Posting Title: Associate Programme Officer (Cybercrime), P2


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Duty Station: KAMPALA

Posting Period: 02 May 2023 – 31 May 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-207766-R-Kampala (E)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Programme Office in Uganda (POUGA), Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with duty station in Kampala, Uganda. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Violent Extremism in Prisons) at the Programme Office in Uganda and the overall guidance of the Programme Coordinator heading the Global Programme on Cybercrime. For more information on UNODC, please visit:


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

  •  Contribute to the formulation, development, implementation, coordination, backstopping and evaluation of existing and new projects and activities in the countering of cybercrime in the region.
  •  Assist in monitoring and analyzing programme/project development and implementation.
  •  Review, prepare and/or ensure timely preparation and submission of relevant project documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties, counterparts and stakeholders involved in the delivery, or receipt, of countering cybercrime technical assistance; identify and track follow-up actions.
  •  Assist in monitoring the expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility and in drafting parts of / or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme or project documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, funding proposals, programme performance reports.
  •  Contribute to the development and delivery of technical assistance, mentoring and training to national agencies in areas of countering cybercrime in Africa, with a specific focus on Eastern African French and Portuguese-speaking countries. It includes providing organizational and logistic support for activity implementation, as well as facilitating and moderating trainings, workshops and other types of events, in conjunction with other senior staffs.
  •  Contribute to fund-raising activities by reviewing, drafting and compiling documents, participating in meetings, identifying sponsors, proposing alternative source of funding.
  •  Contribute to the collection and analysis of data as well as identification of trends or patterns and provide draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  •  Perform other work-related duties as required.


  •  Professionalism: Has understanding and knowledge of the problem of cybercrime and the specific issues of cybercrime in the region ; has knowledge of counter-cybercrime law enforcement and/or prosecution related issues ; has knowledge in cryptocurrency regulation and investigation ; has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention related to cybercrime and relevant UNODC mandates ; is able to assist in the development of professional training materials and the delivery of expert-level training courses; has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues; has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, as well as to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.

EducationAn advanced university degree (Master’s degree of equivalent) in law, criminology, international security, business administration, political science, public administration, or other 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. A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work ExperienceA minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the area of countering cybercrime, cryptocurrencies and financial investigations OR the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required. Work experience in delivering training and providing technical assistance in countering cybercrime and investigations related to cryptocurrencies to the criminal justice sector is desirable. Work experience implementing projects in developing countries is desirable. Work experience in project management and coordination is desirable. Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable. Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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

Special NoticeThis 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 the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. 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. Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

  •  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. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Kampala is classified in the B category (family duty station).

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. 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. 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 United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, 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.


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