Advocacy and Research Support, Austria At Office on Drugs and Crime

Closing date: Friday, 17 March 2023


Description of assignment title: Advocacy and Research Support

Assignment country: Austria

Expected start date: Invalid Date

Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

For how many hours per week will the volunteer be required?: 6 – 10

Host entity: UNODC – Border Management Branch

Type: Online

Duration: 12 weeks

Number of assignments: 1


Mission and objectives

For two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been helping make the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism. We are committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them. Because the scale of these problems is often too great for states to confront alone, UNODC offers practical assistance and encourages transnational approaches to action. We do this in all regions of the world through our global programmes and network of field offices. The Office is committed to supporting Member States in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. The 2030 Agenda clearly recognizes that the rule of law and fair, effective and humane justice systems, as well as health-oriented responses to drug use, are both enablers for and part of sustainable development. The Border Management Branch was created in April 2022 to deliver collaborative and comprehensive border management technical assistance to Member States. The Branch includes UNODC’s Airport Communication Programme (AIRCOP), Container Control Programme (CCP), the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), the Criminal Network Disruption Programme (CRIMJUST) and the UNODC Environment Team, which runs the Global Programme on Crimes that Affect the Environment.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) works with its member states globally to support fair and effective criminal justice responses to crime committed at sea. The UNODC GMCP Headquarters is seeking to collaborate with an online volunteer for a period of three months. This assignment will contribute to SDGs 14 and 16 by supporting activities that strengthen the capacity of criminal justice institutions to tackle transnational crime and terrorism in the maritime domain including crimes in the fisheries sector. The selected volunteer will develop new skills in research, data analysis, content strategy and communication as well as gain knowledge of maritime security, international law and criminal justice systems. The assignment is UNPAID and requires 11-20 hours per week. This assignment will be home-based and will require that the volunteer work remotely under the supervision of the staff member. The volunteer must have access to and be able to work regularly by email, phone, messaging and/or videoconferencing applications/platforms.

Task description

– Contributing to the consolidation of information, coordinating research work and drafting of two concept notes on global maritime crime issues; – Contribute to advocacy through the drafting of four newsletters. To facilitate this home-based assignment, the selected candidate will be required to be available to communicate via a mutually agreed form of communication (email, phone, messaging and/or videoconferencing applications/platforms) with the designated supervisor during working hours.


Required experience

– Proven ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans, prioritize competing demands and work to tight deadlines. – Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely, and conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations. – Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. – Be computer literate in standard software applications. – Education or experience in research, communications, journalism, advocacy and graphic design is an advantage. – Education or experience in law, criminal justice, security/crime studies and/or research is an advantage.


English, Level: Working knowledge, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Other information

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.


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