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Job Summary

Direct, manage and administer the Institute in accordance with the General Substantive Directives issued by the Board within the terms of the Institute Statute.

  • Minimum Qualification: PHD
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description/Requirements

Level: Senior-Level, full-time staff position 

D1 - UNAFRI Salary Scale (US$85,470 - 92,820) p.a. 

Duration: Initially four (4) years, after which the Governing Board on the recommendation of any of its members may extend it for another term, subject to a maximum of eight (8) years cumulatively. 

Organizational Setting and Reporting 

The post is located at the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of  Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), in Kampala, Uganda. In line with the UNAFRI Statute, guidelines, policies, and priorities established by the UNAFRI  Governing Board, the Director of the Institute report to the Governing Board of the Institute. (For more information on UNAFRI, please visit the following website: 


  • Direct, manage and administer the Institute in accordance with the  General Substantive Directives issued by the Board within the terms of the Institute Statute. 
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the substantive Work Programme of the Institute, including fund-raising to ensure a high program portfolio and delivery rate, in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, in line with principles, guidelines, policies,  priorities established by the Board of Directors of UNAFRI.  
  • Oversee the programmatic work necessary for the functioning of the  Institute including preparation of result-based budgets, assigning and monitoring performance parameters and critical indicators under the overall guidance of the Chairman of the Governing Board. 
  • Provide the Board and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal  Justice with substantive advice on crime prevention and criminal justice matters. Submit mandated reports to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and a Biannual Report to the Third Committee of the  United Nations General Assembly; through the Executive Director of the  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 
  • Oversee the management of the financial and human resources of UNAFRI,  in full compliance with UNAFRI Rules and Regulations, and allocate resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery under the overall guidance of the Governing Board.  
  • Report to the Governing Board on budget and Programme performance,  particularly those related to the budget approved by the Board. 
  • Oversee the design and undertaking of research and training activities to build capacity in crime prevention and criminal justice, in partnerships,  inter-alia, with other research, training institutes and universities, United  Nations entities, international and national institutions, philanthropic institutions, and the private sector engaged in similar work, taking into consideration United Nations cooperation tools and United Nations  Sustainable Development Goals. 


  • Professionalism: Has solid knowledge of the United Nations Systems and its  administrative procedures, as well as a good understanding of the mandates,  policies, and technical cooperation procedures of the United Nations; Knowledge  of, and professional competence in the fields related to crime and justice, as  mentioned in the United Nations Crime Conventions and Protocols, of the work  in general and of specific areas being supervised; Knowledge and understanding  
  • of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations cooperation tools, with the ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients, demonstrated by sustainable innovation results in the previous career; Proven ability to develop and implement strategies to mobilize resources, particularly for research and technical cooperation activities; 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, demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments observing deadlines and achieving results.  


  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honor commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within the 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. 


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 


  • 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 improvement; 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. 


  • The candidate must hold an Advanced University degree, preferably a PhD in Law.  
  • Work Experience: Must have extensive experience of not less than ten (10) years in law reform, knowledge of crime prevention, good governance and the rule of law policies and operations, and administration of criminal justice systems in  African countries; professional prominence in the African region as a recognized expert in the field, with long experience in teaching and/or conducting research in crime-related issues and in criminal justice, are highly desirable.  
  • Additional Advantage: Having worked in international organizations, preferable  UN agencies or affiliates, diplomatic organizations is highly advantageous and having served as a Minister (Justice/Foreign Affairs, social affairs, etc.) in home countries is very much preferred.  

Deadline: Not later than January 2022 


  • The post is available to only non-nationals of the Host Country (Uganda). Language: Candidate must speak and write English and/or French fluently.  
  • Working knowledge of another language (s) like Arabic or Portuguese will be an added advantage. 
  • Age: Not less than 45 years 

Applicants are requested to send a detailed curriculum vitae including date of  birth; nationality; educational qualifications; a summary of professional, academic  and/or expertise; a summary of relevant work experience; publications written  and languages spoken

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