Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 09 January 2019 - 07 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-109076-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 Sustainable Livelihoods Unit (SLU), Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB), Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (Livelihoods and Environmental Crime) and the overall guidance of the Chief of SLU. The focus of this post is to plan, organize, coordinate, manage and/or provide substantive input and backstopping to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime (GP WLFC), specifically the activities under the FishNET project.

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

• Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned activities under the GP for WLFC, specifically under the FishNet project; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.

• Perform assignments, in collaboration with partners, by planning and facilitating workshops, training, supporting partnerships under the GP for WLFC.

• Research, analyze and present information gathered from training needs assessments and other diverse sources.

• Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.

• Develop, organize, coordinate the preparation of and evaluation of draft programme and project ideas and documents for technical assistance in the assigned countries, regions or functional areas.

• Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

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

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

• Contribute to fund-raising in relation to environmental conservation and environmental crime related projects and programmes by preparing the materials and participating in major donor meetings and fund-raising missions; build support for cost-sharing contributions from the Governments and identify other local funding sources for UNODC projects and activities, etc.

• Participate in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

• Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze and advise on events and discussions, representing UNODC at international fora as required.

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

• Participate in the recruitment of personnel for the Unit/Office by coordinating/conducting panel interviews, by evaluating candidates' applications and qualifications, by drafting/finalizing substantive recommendations and by drafting terms of reference/job descriptions, etc.

• Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, specifically as relates to environmental conservation, wildlife, fisheries and forest crime/environmental crime and associated crimes such as corruption and money laundering. Has knowledge of the mandates of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has professional competence in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution. Demonstrates ability to provide effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues and to liaise and resolve issues/problems with counterparts and cooperating institutions. Has ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. Has sound programme management skills including some knowledge of relevant United Nations rules and regulations. 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.

• 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.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international development, environmental affairs, social science, business administration, management, law, 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience in areas relevant to UNODC's mandates, such as environmental crime, sustainable livelihoods, alternative development, drug control, crime prevention, justice, rule of law, governance, international development, public administration, social development or related area is required. Experience with issues specifically related to sustainable livelihoods, alternative development and/or environmental conservation/crime is required. Experience in managing sustainable livelihoods/ wildlife and forest crime programmes at the policy and field level is highly desirable. Experience with the United Nations or similar international organization is highly desirable. Experience of working with major institutional donors is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.


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

Special Notice

This is a project post. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Any extensions of the appointments are subject to 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 is 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 as 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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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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