Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 16 December 2019 - 14 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-127234-R-Dakar (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 the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, ROSEN. S/he will also liaise and cooperate closely with all relevant substantive UNDOC Sections in Dakar and Vienna, as well as the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East in the UNDOC Division for Operations.

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The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

1) Monitoring and reporting on ROSEN’s programmes and projects with a focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in West and Central Africa. This includes:

• Support the coordination and monitoring of activities undertaken by the Office, ensuring that substantive work programmes are carried out in a timely fashion and integrated in the various country UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) in the region.
• Contribute to the development and implementation of monitoring tools for ROSEN in line with national, regional and the global SDG priorities.
• Provide technical advice and support to programme coordinators on programme reporting.
• Contribute to ensuring that the work programme and the activities of ROSEN are carried out in coordination with other entities and in liaison with relevant organizations of the UN system (One UN) as well as with other international organizations and Member States.
• Develop tools and approaches for key cross cutting issues such as gender, human rights and SDGs in UNDOC’s programme development, implementation and reporting for West and Central Africa.
• Prepare various written outputs, documentation, analysis and reports and coordinate timely submission of those prepared by others.
• Consolidate and produce the final version of UNODC Regional Programme reports and support staff in producing project reports.
• Review periodically and facilitate the achievement of programme results by timely monitoring of the progress of programme implementation and ensure on-going monitoring and annual review of work and M & E (Monitoring and Evaluation) plans.
• Provide quality assurance and oversight of programme and project documents and serve as focal point for results-based management and evaluation.

2) Delivery of ROSEN communication and fundraising strategies:

• Assist the Reginal Director and Deputy in representing UNODC interests and positioning in various UN Country Teams and relevant West and Central African development framework and processes.
• Identify partnership options and opportunities at country and regional levels, with local stakeholders, UN agencies, and development partners.
• Provide inputs for funding proposals for donors interested in supporting UNODC ROSEN mandates and prepare technical briefings according to identified needs, priorities and synergies.
• Assist in the preparation of awareness-raising and/or fundraising missions in the region and/or to Member States, participate in missions as needed.
• Coordinate and manage internal communications efforts of ROSEN.
• Facilitate communication and information-sharing with other UN Agencies/locations.
• Prepare technical presentations on the ROSEN activities; carry out presentations as required.
• Participate in meetings, seminars, etc. on behalf of the Office, as and when required.
• Perform other related duties as required in the scope of current position.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention. Has professional competence in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution and is able to provide effective support on a broad range of technical assistance issues and interact with governments and cooperating institutions. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills. Is able to apply judgment in the context of the assignment given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. Has ability to ensure the adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance matters. 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.

•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•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.


Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, business administration, management 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 relevant and progressively responsible professional work experience in a coordination function based in an intergovernmental or multilateral organization and in an area relevant to UNODC’s mandates, is required.
Experience in programme monitoring and reporting on the delivery of large programmes is required.
Experience with the United Nations development frameworks and multilateral donor is required.
Operational experience with the United Nations or similar international organization, working in challenging and diverse societies is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French, is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.


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

Dakar is classified an A 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, 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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