Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 14 April 2020 - 13 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-134613-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 within the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. The Programme Coordinator will report to the UNODC Representative, ROSEN and will work in close cooperation with the Division for Operations, particularly the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East, and the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Coordinator will be responsible for the overall management, coordination and implementation of the Organized Crime: West African Response to trafficking (OCWAR–T) Project under the framework of the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan to address the Growing Problem of Illicit Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Drug Abuse in West Africa and the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa2016-2020.

The incumbent will, in particular, perform the following tasks:

•Manage, coordinate and implement (OCWAR–T) project activities at national and regional levels according to approved project documents/revisions, valid contribution agreements, valid policies and financial rules and regulations, and costed work plans; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions. Lead operational activities in the assigned substantive area(s) and/or countries and region and coordinate the delivery of a variety of specialized technical services for governments and their institutions;

•Coordinate strategic relations with donors, OCWAR-T partners (GIZ, EU Delegation, Federal Foreign Office of Germany), ECOWAS and other stakeholders; make project achievements known and identify areas of new assistance, provide briefings to donor countries, funding and co-operating agencies, including UN relevant agencies present in West Africa, as well as intergovernmental organizations. Ensure maximum strategic visibility for project counterparts, donors/partners and UNODC, in line with respective rules and guidelines;

•Manage outreach, visibility and advocacy activities related to OCWAR-T. Prepare reports, inputs to reports, briefing notes and interventions for reporting on West African Coast Initiative (WACI) related issues for both Vienna HQ and in the context of reporting requirements and UNOD contributions in the context of the work of the UNSC, UNGA, UN Peace Building Commission, SG Policy Committees and relevant UN interagency task forces, etc.;

•Lead the development of OCWAR-T projects and project revisions in line with the Regional Programme for West Africa and UNODC strategic frameworks for circulation with potential partners/donors and identify new funding opportunities for programme expansion;

•Lead and/or participate in large and complex field missions (e.g. Monitoring & Evaluation missions), guide external consultants, government officials and other parties and draft mission reports, and ensure follow-up action;

•Continuously monitor developments related to organized crime and illicit trafficking (of drugs, firearms, human beings and other commodities) in West and Central Africa;

•Act as a resource person for UNODC, providing advice and guidance on UNODC’s involvement in broad transnational organised crime and illicit drug trafficking matters as well as prevention of trafficking in persons and protection of victims in geographical areas; as well as the delivery of a variety of specialized technical services in law enforcement and other areas for governments, e.g. expert advisory services, expert group meetings, training seminars, workshops, study tours etc;

•Liaise on substantive issues with counterparts in UN and UNODC, both in Vienna and at ROSEN, officials of other organizations and specialized agencies; follow up on UNODC decisions, issues and documentation with relevant officials;

•Coordinate the OCWAR-T national projects by managing the human resources allocated to OCWAR-T including coordinating the work of and guiding staff. Participate in the selection and recruitment process of international and local staff. Coordinate programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results;

•Prepare budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management; Supervise project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the OCWAR-T and ensure compliance with UN financial rules and regulations, initiate project and/or budget revisions;

•Coordinate the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of reference and other related project documentation, as well as the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, lead the process of ensuring quality inputs to publications, website and other reports;

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism – Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime, drug control and/or terrorism related issues. 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. Has good understanding of the current challenges in the area of crime prevention and law enforcement, drug demand reduction, and financial crime in the developing countries. Has very good research and analytical skills and the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner and to articulate ideas correctly and in a convincing way. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has proven ability to manage complex technical assistance programmes and to mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Is able to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given, plan own work, revise and coordinate the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, public administration or related fields 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 seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional work experience in national and/or international law enforcement, investigation, police, drug and/or crime prevention and control is required.
Several years of experience in the field of drug law enforcement/organized crime in an operational capacity is required.
Project/programme planning and management experience in a relevant field at the national or international level is required.
Relevant experience in a field environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English with excellent drafting skills is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.


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.

•Dakar is classified in the A category (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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