Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Trafficking in Persons/Smuggling of Migrants), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 07 May 2020 - 05 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-135026-R-Bangkok (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 at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and the direct supervision of Programme Coordinator.

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

•Keep abreast with the latest developments and trends regarding trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM) in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region and advise governments in the region on policy and operational responses to TIP and SOM;

•Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze, and advise on TIP and SOM issues, conduct training, deliver presentations, and participate as a resource person in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings;

•Mentor the national authorities to increase their ability to collect information related to TIP and SOM threats, and initiate/contribute to UNODC publications on both phenomena in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region;

•Act as UNODC focal point for the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Organised Crime (the Bali Process);

•Oversee and coordinate the development, implementation, and monitoring of all activities related to TIP and SOM work under the UNODC Regional Programme for Southeast Asia to ensure the quality of project delivery;

•Oversee all administrative and financial matters in relation to the implementation of the TIP and SOM work, including guiding and coordinating the work of project staff to ensure effective implementation and related reporting to UNODC management;

•Liaise regularly with all project donors to ensure reporting and other obligations are fulfilled in a timely manner;

•Lead needs assessment and other technical missions to meet with government and regional counterparts to evaluate and develop technical assistance proposals for countries in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region;

•Coordinate and liaise with ROSEAP staff and relevant UNODC Headquarters’ Branches and Sections, as well as with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental actors, to facilitate programme implementation and create synergies/partnerships;

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement judiciary and prosecution practices related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, international relations, law, security studies 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. Certification or other qualification in data analysis, design and delivery is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in countering trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling under the angle of law enforcement, prosecution and/or criminal justice is required.
Field-based work experience in technical cooperation and programme/project development and management to build the capacity of foreign officials in the areas of trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling is required.
Previous experience in an advisory position on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling within a national government is required.
Previous experience, acknowledged contribution/work to published research on trafficking in persons and/or migrant smuggling is required.
Previous work experience on/in Southeast Asia is required.
Experience in multilateral negotiations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. 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 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.

Bangkok 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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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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