Director, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

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This is a D-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 16 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 143,813 USD and 173,332 USD.

Salary for a D-2 contract in Turin

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in Turin, Italy. In line with the Statute, guidelines, policies and priorities established by the Board of Trustees of UNICRI, the Director of the Institute reports to the Board of the Institute on substantive matters and, in accordance with the designation of the Secretary-General, to the Representative of the Secretary-General on the Board of Trustees, who exercises oversight functions of the human resources, financial resources, and other administrative aspects. For more information on UNICRI, please visit


Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following: • Direct, manage and administer the Institute in accordance with the general substantive directives issued by the Board of Trustees of UNICRI within the terms of the authority delegated to the Director by the Secretary-General or his/her designated representative and under the overall guidance of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the substantive work programme of the Institute, including fund-raising, to ensure a strategic programme portfolio and high delivery performance, in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice in line with principles, guidelines, policies, priorities established by the Board of Trustees of UNICRI and under the overall guidance of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. • Oversee the programmatic work of the Institute, including programme design, assigning and monitoring performance parameters and critical indicators, preparation of result-based budgets, risk management, and decision-making, oversight and clarity of accountabilities. • Provide the Board of Trustees and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice with substantive advice on crime prevention and criminal justice matters. Submit mandated reports to the Economic and Social Council through the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. • Oversee the management of the financial and human resources of UNICRI, in full compliance with the United Nations rules and regulations, and allocate resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery. • Oversee the design and conduct of research and training activities to build capacity in crime prevention and criminal justice toward achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, in partnership with other research, training institutes and universities, UN entities, international and national institutions, philanthropic institutions and the private sector engaged in similar work, and leveraging UN Cooperation tools. • Report to the Board of Trustees of UNICRI on budget and programme performance, particularly those related to the budget approved by the Board.


• Professionalism: Has solid knowledge of the United Nations system and its administrative procedures, as well as a good understanding of the mandates, policies and technical cooperation procedures of the United Nations. Has knowledge of and professional competence in the fields related to crime and justice, as mentioned in the UN crime conventions and protocols, of the work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Has knowledge and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN cooperation tools, with the ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients, demonstrated by sustainable innovation results in previous career. Has proven ability to develop and implement strategies to mobilize resources, particularly for research and technical cooperation activities. Has proven ability to manage large organizations, preferably at the international level, made of sizable work units of specialists in different fields and with a large portfolio. 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. • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. • 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. • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. • Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, public administration, management, law, international relations and/or other related field, is required. Academic specialization in crime prevention and criminal justice, or closely related issues, is highly desirable. 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.

Job - Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible professional working experience, most of which at the international level, in such areas as research, policy analysis, technical assistance and cooperation is required. Work experience in programme development and implementation in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice is required. Solid managerial experience, including at the senior level, is required. Work experience in managing international technical assistance in crime prevention and criminal justice or closely related issues is desirable. Work experience in the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable. Work experience in or with developing countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage. Knowledge of Italian is an asset.


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

Special Notice

This position is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and will be limited to service with UNICRI. Extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding. In view of the nature of the funding of the present position, should a UN Secretariat staff member apply and be selected for this position with the Institute, such a selection will be implemented on a temporary basis. 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. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff at the D2 Level and above are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter. 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. Turin is classified in the H category (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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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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