Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Central Asia Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC) and Head of the Programme Office in Kazakhstan), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: ALMATY (ALMA ATA)
Posting Period: 03 December 2019 - 01 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-127421-R-Almaty (Alma Ata) (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 Programme Office in Kazakhstan (POKAZ) with duty station in Almaty, under the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Programme Coordinator (CARICC and Head of the Programme Office in Kazakhstan) will work under the supervision and policy guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia.

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Within the delegated authority, the Project Coordinator (CARICC and Head of the Programme Office in Kazakhstan) will be responsible for the general management and implementation of Sub-Programme 1 (SP1) “Countering transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and preventing terrorism” of the Programme for Central Asia and will act as the Head of the Programme Office in Kazakhstan. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Participate in strategic planning, development, management and implementation of the work under SP1 of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia.

•Coordinate and supervise law enforcement activities under SP1. Provide substantive input to the implementation and further development of SP1 to promote international/regional cooperation in law enforcement matters. Provide technical support on law enforcement to member states through the ongoing and planned national and regional law enforcement interventions in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus.

•Oversee the implementation and day-to-day management of the programme component related to the establishment of a Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC), as well as provide expert advice to and coordinate with Governmental officials of CARICC Member States on CARICC related matters.

•Liaise and advise other UNODC ROCA programme experts and officers working on law enforcement, counter narcotics, transnational organized crimes and terrorism working within SP1. Advise Governments of the region on law enforcement matters in the context of UNODC's regional and global strategy.

•Prepare background and policy papers for and on behalf of the Regional Representative and assess the practicality of draft policy papers presented by others, as well as prepare concepts for new/continuing initiatives for SP1 activities.

•Request annual project allotments, ensure that responsible financial management and project implementation comply with UNODC rules, regulations and standards. Take responsibility for the timely and quality implementation of activities under her/his assignment, including the delivery of training courses, seminars, workshops, meetings, expert missions and procurement of equipment and services. Ensure the timely preparation of SP1 progress reports, including implementation delivery and forecast reports.

•Manage and supervise relevant staff members working within SP1, including staff performance, recruitment, training and oversight, as may be delegated by the Regional Representative; as well as provide support in the identification, selection and recruitment of consultants, and develop their terms of reference. Participate as a resource person in relevant workshops, seminars, training courses, study tours and meetings.

•Act as the Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Kazakhstan, work in coordination with the relevant United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and serve as a member of the UNCT Security Management Team (SMT) on behalf of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia. Ensure alignment with SDGs/Agenda 2030, UNSDCF (UNDAF)/PFD in the country.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has expertise in project/programme management at national or international levels. Has knowledge of United Nations rules and procedures as well as knowledge of the relevant UNODC mandates. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, judiciary, prosecution, human trafficking, organized crime, financial crime and related areas. Has the ability to provide technical leadership in overseeing work of junior staff and local experts and assist them to professionally develop. Has research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignment given; operates in compliance with organizational and financial 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.

•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 & 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.

•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.


An advanced university (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration, or related fields, is required. A first-level university degree OR equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience within a recognized law enforcement agency, including several years in the drug law enforcement field in an operational capacity, with increasing levels of responsibility is required.
Direct operational experience in law enforcement operations against trafficking of controlled substances, including illicit precursors is required.
Experience in policy, planning, implementing and managing international development or technical cooperation programmes is required.
Work experience in the United Nations system or similar international organizations is required.
Working experience in multiple field missions is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Russian is desirable. 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 funds.

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.

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.

Almaty is classified as "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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