Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Programme Coordinator, P5
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 14 April 2020 - 13 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-134400-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 position is located in the Precursors Control Section (PRE), Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The Secretariat of INCB is an administrative entity of UNODC reporting directly to the Board on substantive matters. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Section.

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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Manage and lead the development, monitoring and analysis, and implementation of Board’s integrated programming workplans for its global project on International Operations on New Psychoactive Substances (ION), the global Operational Partnerships to Interdict Opioids' Illicit Distribution and Sales (OPIOIDS) Project, the Board’s Public-Private Partnership initiatives and the IONICS and related technology systems.

• Take the lead to formulate and develop innovative technical cooperation programmes, projects, partnerships and activities to reduce the illicit manufacture, marketing, movement and monetization of emerging dangerous substances (e.g., new psychoactive substances, non-medical synthetic opioids, chemicals and related precursors).

• Provide highly specialized expertise and advice on technical, substantive and administrative issues regarding technical assistance activities, programmes and projects including those handling sensitive law or regulatory enforcement information.

• Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of the assigned programmes/projects, etc.; supervise the review of relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions.

• Lead the preparation and dissemination of project work plans, budgets, terms of references and other related project documentation (e.g. programme/project progress, evaluation reports etc.).

• Coordinate activities related to financial resources and project budget, expenditures and utilization of funds of the assigned project/programme and ensure compliance with UN financial rules and regulations. Guide and contribute to mobilizing policy and funding support for the programme of work, including extra-budgetary voluntary contributions and building support for cost-sharing contributions from Governments and identifying other funding sources for INCB projects and activities.

• Lead and participate in major donors’ meetings, fund-raising missions as well as other fund-raising activities as required.

• Provide inputs for performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports as well as inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management.

• Lead and/or participate in large and complex field and technical missions including assessment missions and conduct visits to project sites in order to assess needs, oversee implementation and assess the efficiency of resources used.

• Coordinate and participate in policy-making and expert group meetings providing policy and substantive advice and guidance.

• Guide and lead periodic assessments of the programme performance and of the work of assigned INCB staff in field offices; participate in the tripartite reviews and evaluations of ongoing and/or completed programme and projects; review and evaluate reports of field offices on the status of relevant programme implementation.

• Review technical reports and other relevant materials and ensure dissemination of good practices.

• Prepare and coordinate the preparation of and review/approve, as necessary, various written outputs such as reports to governing bodies, background papers, correspondence with counterparts, reports, working documents, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy proposals and documents, studies and summary reports.

• Coordinate and lead the formulation and preparation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) with relevant regional and/or national authorities; review the implementation of regional agreements establishing frameworks for regional cooperation.

• Develop strong partnerships, undertake negotiations and consultations and liaise on substantive issues with counterparts in the UN, INCB and UNODC, both at HQs and in the Field, as well as Member States, donors, international organizations and institutions, entities, governments and representations, inter-governmental organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, media representatives, civil society and other stakeholders, develop synergy, promote and facilitate operational partnerships and collaborative undertakings.

• Serve as an effective spokesperson for INCB mandates and programmes, strongly advocates the inclusion of these issues in government planning documents as well as in relevant programmes of other bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organizations.

• Review and appraise best practices and programmes and promote them among Member States, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general.

• Lead and participate as high-level expert in technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, advocacy meetings, round-tables, workshops and other relevant meetings related to the specific area.

• Oversee and direct the design, development and promotion of technical and training materials, tools and capacity building packages.

• Supervise, coordinate the work of, and develop assigned staff; guide, mentor and evaluate consultants and experts.

• Plan, lead and/or oversee the recruitment and integration of new staff members, consultants, interns, etc., taking into account geographical and gender balance as well as other organizational requirements and needs.

• Ensure implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.

• Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence, expert knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to international drug control and, in particular to synthetic drugs and related emerging trends. Has good understanding of United Nations programme policies, guidelines and procedures and knowledge of relevant programmes and mandates of UNODC. Has strong analytical skills with the ability to identify issues, analyze and manage the resolution of issues/problems. Has strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, including proven ability to communicate effectively with government officials. Is able to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Is able to prepare reports and papers clearly and concisely. Has good understanding/conceptual knowledge of information systems and electronic communication platforms. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. Is able to work in a multi-cultural environment. 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 in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; 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 & 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.

• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

• 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

• Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, social sciences, 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 ten years of demonstrated progressively responsible professional work experience in drug control and crime prevention is required.
At least five years of experience at the international level with a focus on drug and/or precursor control, is required.
Several years of experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organizations is desirable.
Experience developing effective public-private partnerships with relevant industries at the international level is desirable.
Experience working with sensitive law or regulatory enforcement information systems is desirable.
Experience in preventing and investigating diversion of, and trafficking in, precursors and drugs, 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 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. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. An extension of the appointments is 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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

Vienna is classified as a 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, 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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