Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer (Synthetic Opioids), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 16 October 2018 - 14 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-105045-R-Vienna (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Laboratory and Scientific Section (LSS), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, LSS.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Coordinate an interagency response to the global synthetic opioid crisis with relevant international and regional organizations, including the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), INTERPOL, World Customs Organization (WCO), World Health Organization (WHO), Organization of American States; and the European Monitoring Centre for Drug Dependence and Addiction.

•Leverage the expertise and capacities of existing programmes of UNODC and other international and regional organizations in: establishing/enhancing national/regional early warning systems; promoting rationale prescribing and access to synthetic opioids for medical and scientific purposes; strengthening and supporting prevention and treatment programmes related to opioid use; enhancing international law enforcement and regulatory activities to prevent diversion and trafficking of synthetic opioids; and strengthening national law enforcement and forensic capacity to counter illicit manufacture and trafficking of synthetic opioids.

•Coordinate the technical and forensic support provided by LSS for activities implemented in the framework of the UNODC integrated response to the global opioid crisis and ensure the efficient and timely provision of services and outputs.

•Analyse and share information on synthetic opioids from a variety of sources including the UNODC Early Warning Advisory in support of the work of the WHO in reviewing harmful synthetic opioids for international control, and the INCB in identifying appropriate chemical precursors for control, as a necessary step in disrupting the illicit manufacture of synthetic opioids, including fentanyl and its analogues.

•In close collaboration with the UNODC Advocacy Section, raise awareness of the opioid crisis, and support their activities to provide visibility to all areas of engagement and interventions of UNODC and other international and regional organizations in responding to the opioid crisis.

•Develop and implement new and innovative approaches and activities under the UNODC response to the global opioid crisis, in collaboration with source countries, the pharmaceutical industry, governmental and non-state parties.

•Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources. Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

•Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

•Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.

•As required, guide and coordinate the work of other professional and support staff members, mentor and guide consultants, interns and Associate Experts in their work.

•Lead and/or participate in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

•Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence, expert knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to international drug control and, in particular to synthetic drugs and related emerging trends. Has good understanding of United Nations programme policies, guidelines and procedures and knowledge of relevant programmes and mandates of UNODC. Has strong analytical skills with the ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, including proven ability to communicate effectively with government officials. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Is able to draft reports and papers clearly and concisely. Has good understanding/conceptual knowledge of information systems and electronic communication platforms. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Is able to work in a multi-cultural environment. 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 in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; 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.

•Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, business administration, management, economics, chemistry, pharmacy 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 of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in drug control and crime prevention, with a focus on drug and/or chemical control is required. Several years of experience in project management, administration or related area is required. Work experience in an international or regional organization is highly desirable. Experience in investigating diversion of and trafficking in drugs, particularly new psychoactive substances, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency English, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified an H 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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