Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional/Country Director, D1
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: Field Locations; OTHER;
Posting Period: 10 May 2019 - 08 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-116127-P- (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in various field duty stations in Africa, Latin America and Asia and are under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division for Operations (DO), direct supervision of the Deputy Director of DO and oversight from the Office of the Director of DO at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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A Regional/Country Director heads a Regional- or a Country Office.

Within delegated authority, the incumbent oversees and directs the effective implementation of UNODC programmes and activities in the designated region/country, in supporting Member States capacities to deal effectively with issues related to drug control, crime prevention, countering corruption and terrorism prevention. The incumbent will be responsible and accountable for the efficient management of all human and financial resources allocated to the programmes and the office, as well as for ensuring outputs of a high-quality standard.

The incumbent is also a member of the relevant United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in the region, under the strategic guidance and coordination of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC), and member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) Regional Team wherever applicable, and as such will work closely with them.

As member of the local Security Management Team (SMT) the incumbent supports and advises the local Designated Official (DO) in all security management related matters.

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Advocacy and Policy Advice:
•Provide policy advice to the highest levels of Governments in the assigned region/country on the development of regional and national long term capacity-building in drug control and crime prevention, in order to promote adherence to and ensure consistency with the terms of the United Nations conventions, drug control treaties, the Conventions against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and Corruption (UNCAC) and the international instruments to counter terrorism, as well as with the goals and objectives of the 20th Special Session of the General Assembly.

•Represent UNODC’s position and interests in the assigned region/country in several fora, especially within the host countries, and promote solid partnerships with Governments, institutions, civil society, work in close coordination with UNCTs and UNRCs, regional and international aid agencies and financial institutions, parliamentarians and the media.

•Advise and assist the Governments in the assessment of planning, design and management of response policy measures, in particular developing and proposing national as well as regional cooperation strategies.

•Provide leadership in promoting a better understanding of the importance of drug and crime related matters, encourage increased priority attention to all aspects of drug control and crime prevention, and advocate the inclusion of these issues in government planning documents as well as in relevant programmes of other bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organizations.

•Advise DO management on dynamics in the region related to or resulting from the UN Development System Reform and 2030 Agenda based on close interaction with other UNODC Field Offices, and HQs divisions.

Programme development & Resource Mobilization:
•Contribute towards UN-wide strategic planning and cooperation in the field, in particular with the UN Development Coordination Office (UN DCO) and the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

•Provide strong leadership in formulating programmes as regards technical assistance for the region/country, in order to ensure effective technical cooperation facilitated by improved planning.

•Lead the exploring of opportunities to grow the Regional/Country Office programme portfolio (and respective components) in line with UNODC strategy and governments requests, increase programme of work, develop proposals and oversee their implementation.

•Support the DO senior management, in the development of new partnerships for field-based services to Member States and the joint resource mobilization for new activities.

•Ensure that a resource mobilization strategy remains in place that promotes long-term involvement and financial and in-kind support and resources by governments, international, public and private sector donors to the work of UNODC for the core infrastructure and technical assistance programme of UNODC in the countries and region. At the same time the incumbent engages in joint resource mobilization efforts with the UNCT and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNDSDF) budget.

Programme implementation:
•Direct the implementation’s coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the overall progress of ongoing activities in the region/country in order to ensure the effective project/progamme delivery and use of funds as well as consistency, substantively, technically and financially with the objectives set forth in the programming tools.

•In the project cycle management, approve directly project documents in conformity with respective UNODC Management Instructions (MI), intervene when difficulties arise, take remedial actions as required and identify appropriate solutions.

•Manage corresponding budget and programme resources.

•Lead the Regional/Country Office’s work in relation to Enterprise Risk Management.

•Ensure integrity and timely substantive and financial reporting.

•Ensure integration of human rights and gender system-wide policies in planning and delivery of assistance.

•Keep UNODC headquarters informed of the progress being made.

Office management:
•In accordance with established policies and delegated authority oversee the management of the financial and human resources assigned to the UNODC Regional/Country Office and sub-offices (Programme Offices if any) under the incumbent’s supervision, ensuring appropriate coverage, guidance and supervision of staff and efficient and effective use of such resources.


•Professionalism: Has demonstrated professional competence and mastery in programme development and execution, advocacy as well as in providing seasoned effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues and on matters related to drug control and crime prevention. Has ability to negotiate and resolve complex and politically sensitive issues/problems with governments and cooperating institutions. Ensures adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. Has ability to supervise and to review the work of others. Has ability to apply United Nations rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Has proven administrative/financial and human resources management ability. Has capacity to stimulate intellectual, substantive policy-level dialogue with Governments on programme development in drug control and crime prevention issues, and technical cooperation coordination. Has sensitivity to political issues and adaptability to local environment, hardship, and security/emergency situations. 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.

•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; keep clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

•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.

•Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and
comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, law, public administration, political or social sciences, international relations or similar field of study related to the UNODC mandates 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 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience with an excellent performance record in international technical assistance programme management, in the area of UNODC’s mandates on drug control, crime prevention, countering corruption, and/or terrorism prevention related issues is required.

Out of the 15 years, several years of direct, hands-on experience in coordinating and leading the implementation of programmes and projects at the field level is required. Experience in overseeing and in being accountable for the correct application of rules and regulations in a large international organization or governmental institution, non-governmental organization/civil-based organization or similar is required. Proven experience in managing administrative/financial and human resources is required. Work experience in the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.

Demonstrated experience in managing large and diverse teams operating at different locations, covering a wide range of substantive, programmatic and programme support functions is desirable. Experience with demonstrated results in negotiation and resource mobilization of development cooperation programmes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. For certain field offices, fluency in French or Spanish may be desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

•This is a generic job opening for the purpose of creating a roster of qualified candidates for immediate and anticipated job openings in various duty stations. The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations in various duty stations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer roster (job code 8622 DRU). Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

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

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.

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