Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice Officer Jobs, Legal Jobs in Kenya, UN Jobs

This position is located in the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) in Nairobi, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Representative of ROEA and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer heading the Programme “Countering Transnational Organized Crime, Illicit Trafficking and Illicit Drug Trafficking”. S/he will work in close cooperation and coordination with the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants), the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Law Enforcement Expert) and in coordination with the Organized Crime Branch (OCB) as well as the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

For more information on UNODC, please visit the following website:

ResponsibilitiesWithin assigned authority, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (International Cooperation) will perform the following duties:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of programme activities with a specific focus on countering Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking, including Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, through international cooperation in criminal matters by providing substantive and technical expertise and by identifying technical assistance needs for capacity building.
  • Plan, implement, manage, and monitor programme activities, in close coordination with counterparts, donors and other stakeholders, based on best practices, including UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides, and standards and norms.
  • Identify technical assistance and capacity building needs in the region and assist in the development and implementation of programme activities. Identify technical assistance strategies of donors active in anti-human trafficking and smuggling of migrants and prepare project proposals for funding consideration by interested donors. Coordinate activities with intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations which are active in Eastern Africa.
  • Provide specialized substantive expertise on criminal justice issues, especially in the areas of international cooperation in criminal matters related to Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking, including Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, in Eastern Africa and contribute to the implementation, monitoring and substantive refinement and assessment of programme activities, as well as conduct regional and national capacity-building training workshops targeting criminal justice actors, victim service providers and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the development of improved and evidence-based qualitative information on international cooperation in criminal matters, Trafficking in Persons, victims of trafficking, Smuggling of Migrants, the organized crime groups and networks involved, modus operandi employed, criminal justice responses made and the application of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, its supplementing Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, and Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, through providing key technical and managerial inputs required for the projects.
  • Assist with monitoring and managing programme budgets and all related administrative issues and report periodically and on an ongoing basis within UNODC on the implementation status and delivery of the project.
  • Work closely with other organizational entities of UNODC on the identification of funding needs, priorities and sources. Guide and manage the preparation of materials and participate in donor meetings and fund-raising missions and activities, as required.
  • Participate in technical missions to assess needs, evaluate capabilities and elaborate recommendations or assistance proposals relating to international cooperation in criminal matters and to strengthening central authorities, organized and serious crime.
  • Identify new issues and areas for programme development and draft programme concept notes and ideas and programme documents, as required.
  • Participate in the recruitment of and supervise the work of national project staff and consultants. Assess consultancy needs and prepare background work for hiring of consultants.
  • Coordinate and integrate various judicial cooperation networks with other activities on international cooperation undertaken by UNODC.
  • Prepare briefing papers and presentations concerning the work of UNODC for the Executive Director, managers, donors and others as required.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Has good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues.
  • Has thorough knowledge of UNODC mandates and policies, major international challenges, and policies and practices in the area of international cooperation in criminal matters related countering organized crime, illicit trafficking, money laundering and terrorism prevention.
  • Is able to demonstrate good research, analytical and problem-solving skills including the ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Takes responsibility for ensuring appropriate attention to both gender balance and geographic representation in staffing and to incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and 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.


  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice matters is required.
  • Experience in project management/administration dealing with the areas of crime prevention/ anti-corruption/terrorism prevention is required.
  • Experience in the provision of training or teaching and the organization of training activities is required.
  • Experience working in a national criminal justice system as a prosecutor, investigating magistrate or judge is desirable.
  • Working or living experience in a field environment is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in
  • English, with excellent drafting and communication skills, is required. Knowledge of French is required.
  • Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.


  • 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 the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

How To Apply

Click Here To Apply on their website