Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Sahel Region), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 22 April 2020 - 21 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-134727-R-Dakar (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 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) in Dakar/Senegal. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative at ROSEN in cooperation with all ROSEN substantive sections. The incumbent will receive substantive and policy guidance as well as technical support from the relevant UNODC substantive branches, sections and units located at UNODC headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

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The incumbent will carry out the following specific tasks:

• Within the framework of the UN integrated strategy for the Sahel, act as coordinator for the overall UNODC Sahel Programme 2013-2023 (XAMZ17), aimed at strengthening criminal justice and law enforcement capacities and responses (including e-learning); monitor and analyse development and implementation of the project in close cooperation with the UNODC substantive branches, sections and units responsible for segments of the XAMZ17 project; consolidate annual detailed workplans including estimated budget and attribution of responsibilities; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions.

• Coordinate/prepare/review all narrative and financial reports linked to the implementation of the project as necessary; develop, implement and support evaluation processes; monitor and analyse project development and implementation.

• Establish and maintain solid partnerships, undertake negotiations and consultations and liaise on substantive issues with internal and external counterparts and stakeholders; develop synergy, promote and facilitate operational partnerships and collaborative undertakings, in particular with regards to stakeholder inputs to the project steering and decision-making bodies.

• Organize and coordinate all the UNODC inputs to joint submissions (matrix, etc) in the framework of the UN integrated strategy for the Sahel, attend all relevant meetings in Dakar as well as meetings to be organized in relation to the UNODC work within the Sahel region. Conduct capacity building needs assessments, provide technical advice, assistance and substantive guidance and mentorship to counterparts, provide advice and assistance to governmental and other institutions in building national capacities for enhanced policy and programmatic development, such as, inter alia, on the development and delivery of specialized trainings, including the development of relevant technical and training materials, tools and capacity building packages.

• Plan, organize, coordinate and carry out the ongoing review, monitoring and analysis of social, economic and political developments and trends at the national, regional and/or global level. Prepare, review, and update integrated programming documentation and Strategic Programme Frameworks.

• Maintain oversight and monitor logistical and administrative requirements of the project and activities; participate in the recruitment of personnel; monitor financial resources and budget, expenditures and utilization of funds related to the assigned programme, ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations; As required, supervise programme staff, national and international consultants and experts, Associate Experts and interns in their work; guide trainers, consultants, resource personnel, officials and experts in their preparations for participation in project activities.

• Lead and/or participate in large, complex programming, needs assessment and other technical field missions, including assessment missions and conduct technical survey visits to project sites in order to assess needs, oversee implementation and assess the efficiency of resources used, and attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyse and advise on events and discussions; Represent UNODC at relevant regional or international events in matters related to the project, as required.

• Contribute to fundraising activities related to the XAMZ17 project, by, inter alia, participating in major donor meetings and fundraising missions, as well as other fund-raising activities as required, and by building support for cost-sharing contributions from the Governments, identifying other funding sources for UNODC projects and activities, etc.

• Identify opportunities and provide technical expertise for programme expansion and development and liaise with relevant sections and units at UNODC HQs, as well as external stakeholders in order to ensure that specialized substantive and operational expertise is consolidated in new proposals; support the formulation and development of expanded and new programmes, in particular with regards to ensuring effective project outcomes and corresponding performance indicators.

• Prepare all correspondence linked to the implementation of the project and follow up on them; Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy, proposals and documents, studies, summary reports, manuals, toolkits, guides, etc

• Perform other work related duties as may be required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to combating organized crime and illicit drug trafficking. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, and has knowledge of UNODC mandates. Is able to identify issues, analyse and contribute to the resolution of problems/issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis and to conduct data collection using various methods. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given and to provide effective specialized advice. Has very good drafting skills and is able to analyse extensive substantive documentation and to prepare comprehensive reports, summaries and policy briefs. 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: 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, economics, business administration, management, political science, social sciences 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 progressively responsible relevant professional work experience in project or programme management and administration in one or more of UNODC’s thematic areas is required.
Experience in project/programme planning, management and monitoring at the national or international level is required.
Experience in donor relations and fundraising is required.
Experience in managing teams is required.
Experience in programme design and development in areas related to UNODC’s mandates, including experience in strategic planning and conceptualization from an organizational perspective is desirable.
Experience in working with the United Nations or similar international organization programme policies, guidelines, procedures and project management systems is desirable
Experience in a multinational or international setting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English and working knowledge of French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is financed from extra-budgetary resources. 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 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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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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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