Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Container Control Programme), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Posting Period: 10 October 2019 - 08 November 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-124626-R-Santo Domingo (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Santo Domingo, Programme Office in the Dominican Republic (PODOM), operating under the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (ROPAN). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Representative, ROPAN, and the overall guidance of the Senior Programme Coordinator of the Container Control Programme (CCP) (GLOG80). The focus of the UNODC Container Control Programme is to assist law enforcement agencies to identify and inspect the high-risk containers.


The incumbent will in particular perform the following specific tasks:
•Support the planning of, and coordinate and implement the programme/project strategies and activities in the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Guyana and Suriname) as outlined in the project document, provide technical inputs and support coordination with donors and partner-country Port Control Units;
•Design work plans for the timely achievement of the project objectives;
•Plan, organize and carry out the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data by selecting methods of data collection, selecting and implementing methods for checking collected data and selecting and implementing appropriate methods for data processing for incorporation into databases;
•Provide backstopping and support on technical, substantive and administrative issues within the assigned technical assistance activities and programme;
•Conduct field missions including assessment missions and technical survey visits to project sites in order to assess needs, oversee implementation and assess the efficiency of resources used;
•Guide and orient the efforts and contributions of consultants, project personnel, donors, institutions and counterparts in countries concerned towards the achievement of project objectives;
•Ensure effective financial management, monitoring and reporting of the project budget;
•Coordinate the preparation of information materials (brochures, website, posters, etc) in support of the CCP; disseminate CCP-related materials to governments, NGOs and the general public;
•Expedite and endorse submissions according to UNODC procedures and the project document, ensure timely project reviews, revisions, monitoring and completion of related reporting obligations, including through data collection, etc.;
•Undertake fund-raising activities to support the CCP; and identify private sector sponsors, and follow-up on outreach or correspondence with potential contributors;
•Support and promote the expansion of the projects to new countries and help secure Government agreement;
•Organize training courses, seminars, working groups, and workshops in coordination with the UNODC programme partner, the World Customs Organization.
•Undertake general and administrative arrangements, including preparing funding requests, and liaising with national authorities and international organizations;
•Prepare as required jointly, with project staff, all necessary project progress reports and project segment implementation delivery rate reports, including through data collection;
•Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of law enforcement, particularly in the area of border management, international trade and commerce and the illicit use of sea containers for trafficking purposes. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Demonstrates ability to provide effective support on substantive and technical issues. Is able to familiarize him/herself with UN policies, rules, regulations, administrative and programmatic procedures and follow and apply them. Has understanding of the situation in the relevant region related to border management and trade supply chain security. Has good analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given. Is able to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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: Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks and perform well within short time frames. 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: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance. 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 criminology, political science, international relations, security studies or other relevant disciplines, 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 work experience in the area of border management, law enforcement or trade supply chain security, or a related area is required.
Experience in the implementation of technical assistance activities and in project management is required.
Work experience in the relevant region is highly desirable.
Experience with the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable.
Experience with the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of data is desirable.


English and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) 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.

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.

Santo Domingo is classified as an A duty station and 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.

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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.

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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