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UNODC Jobs: Research Officer 2021

Posting Title: Research Officer (Counter-Terrorism), P3


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand

Posting Period: 20 April 2021 – 19 May 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Social Affairs-UNODC-153176-R-Bangkok (E)

Staffing Exercise: N/A

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and Pacific (ROSEAP), based in Bangkok, Thailand. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for the Southeast Asia and Pacific, based in Bangkok, and the direct supervision of the Research Officer (Criminal Intelligence Analysis) in Bangkok. Technical advice and support will be sought from the relevant Sections at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna.

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Within assigned authority, the Research Officer (Counter-Terrorism) will perform the following specific duties:

•Monitor the evolution of the terrorism and related security threats in the Southeast Asian and Pacific (SEAP) region, and keep abreast with political, programmatic and security developments by collecting and reviewing information and reports from UNODC and other UN offices, governmental institutions, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, think-tanks, media reports and other relevant sources.

•Provide support to planning, designing, carrying out and coordinating substantive research initiatives in SEAP, and contribute to the development and implementation of regional/country studies, trend and threat assessments on criminal justice and terrorism and their linkages with governance, security and development issues.

•Provide coordination, substantive and technical support to the implementation of UNODC activities in the region pertaining to terrorism prevention, including countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) and preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE).

•Undertake research on terrorism and related security threats in the region, and coordinate the preparation of reports, graphs and maps, and other related outputs.

•Contribute to conducting in-depth studies and analyses of CT/CFT and P/CVE-related policies and legal frameworks, and contribute to the drafting strategic and technical recommendations to improve such frameworks.

•Identify needs and priorities, select relevant sources, information and data, and ensure correct usage of data and information resources as they relate to individual studies/assessments.

•Drive the formulation of the methodologies for data collection and capacity-building to support research work. Coordinate and provide expertise for the conducting and implementation of surveys, including the preparation of survey questionnaires, reports and presentations.

•Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, including background and working papers, technical reports and studies, briefings and presentations, as well as research-based reports to governing and technical bodies; contribute to the preparation of thematic research on terrorism by either drafting parts of the studies or by reviewing drafts of others based on their relevance and quality.

•Participate in relevant field missions and provide substantive inputs to training, workshops and seminars and respond to demands for information on specific topics and participate in dissemination and briefing activities in relevant topics.

•Develop and maintain partnerships with governmental and other institutions, and liaise with other international organizations and research institutions to develop synergies and collaborative arrangements in the area of data collection and analysis.

•Develop and advise on external communication strategies and tools, ensuring alignment between research findings and ROSEAP external communication.

•Contribute to the effective utilization of financial and human resources, prepare Terms of References for consultants and contractors, and participate in their recruitment.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of operations relevant to UNODC’s mandates. Has knowledge and/or technical capabilities relevant or transferrable to UNODC’s procedures and rules. Shows discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients. Is able to apply good judgement and contribute to the solution of problems. Has ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors. Where appropriate, shows high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership. Shows resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures. Is able to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to terrorism-related issues. Has good understanding of investigation techniques, judiciary practices in criminal proceedings, and training methodologies pertaining to terrorism prevention, countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) and preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Has knowledge of principles and concepts of research and trend analysis and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal intelligence analysis and the intelligence cycle. Has conceptual, research, analytical and evaluative skills with very good report writing skills, especially related to terrorism. . 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.

•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.

•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; effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; is able to provide sound technical advice, apply good judgment, manage conflicting priorities as well as oversee and coordinate operations.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, social sciences, international relations, security studies, criminology or closely related fields 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 diploma or certificate from a recognized institution on qualification in criminal intelligence analysis is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in law enforcement, prosecution, criminal justice, international criminal law or related areas is required.
Working experience in research and analysis in relation to counter-terrorism, terrorism financing and/or the prevention of violent extremism is required.
Experience in planning, coordinating and implementing field-based technical assistance in relation to counter-terrorism, countering the financing of terrorism or preventing violent extremism is required.
Experience in a field environment in Southeast Asia and/or the Pacific is desirable.
Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization on criminal justice and crime prevention issues is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of (an)other UN language(s) is an advantage.


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.

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.

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.

Bangkok is classified a A and a family duty station.

United Nations Considerations

According 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.

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.

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