Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Law Enforcement Expert and Head of Program Office in Tajikistan), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DUSHANBE
Posting Period: 24 July 2020 - 22 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-138372-R-Dushanbe (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 Tajikistan (POTAJ) with duty station in Dushanbe, under the Regional Office for Central Asia’s (ROCA), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Programme Coordinator (Law Enforcement Expert and Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Tajikistan) will work under the supervision and guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia.

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Within the delegated authority, the Programme Coordinator and Law Enforcement Expert will act as the Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Tajikistan and will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Participate in strategic planning, development, management and implementation of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia, especially in Tajikistan, as well as strategic direction for UNODC in Central Asia, including the identification of strategic approaches and modalities to achieve UNODC objectives.
•Implement and monitor the activities of the project related to the establishment of the Training Unit under the Drug Control Agency in Tajikistan; assess the training needs and play a key role in setting up a training curriculum; provide expert advice in the implementation of the training strategies and the sustainability of the Training Unit.
•Ensure timely implementation of the programme on strengthening drug law enforcement systems for criminal intelligence collection, analysis and exchange in the region with focus on intelligence led policing.
•Prepare concept notes, other proposals, revisions, and periodic progress reports in compliance with UNODC standards in order to seek funding based on the experiences gained and the results produced through the envisaged activities. Liaise with donors and fulfill reporting requirements.
•Maintain updated information, assessment, analysis of the drugs and crime situation in the country and the wider region.
•Ensure and manage planning, programme management and coordination associated with the implementation of the programme component in Tajikistan and the region as per the UNODC Programme for Central Asia, including oversight and supervision of the daily activities associated with the implementation of component activities in accordance with UNODC project management policies and guidelines.
•Support the effective implementation of the ongoing counter narcotics, transnational organized crime and terrorism prevention programmes in Tajikistan and the region. Promote improved understanding of the importance of drug and crime related matters, increased priority to drug control and crime prevention, law enforcement, and advocate the inclusion of these issues in government planning as well as in relevant programmes of other bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organizations.
•Prepare terms of reference for project/programme staff and consultants; recruit, train and coordinate the work of local support staff; identify consultancy needs, develop terms of reference for the proposed consultancies and participate in the identification, selection and recruitment process.
•Contribute to strategic coherence on the ongoing law enforcement initiatives in the country.
•Provide advice to the Government officials on the development of a medium and long-term capacity-building effort in drug control and crime prevention especially law enforcement. Represent UNODC’s position and interests, and promote solid partnerships with Government institutions, civil society, regional and international aid agencies and financial institutions, parliamentarians and the media.
•Act as the Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Tajikistan and undertake inter-agency cooperation including representation in the UN Country Team.
•Coordinate and liaise with relevant units of UNODC ROCA and the UNODC HQs, global and regional projects to maintain regular communication for coordination purposes.
•Ensure that a resource mobilization strategy is in place that promotes long-term involvement and financial and in-kind support and resources by governments, international, public and private sector donors for core infrastructure and technical assistance programme especially on law enforcement /security sector needs of UNODC in the country; and maintain regular consultations with counterparts and ensure that financial commitments (pledges) are honored.
•In accordance with established policies and delegated authority, manage financial and human resources assigned to the UNODC Country Office, ensuring appropriate coverage, guidance and supervision of staff and the efficient and effective use of such resources.
•Prepare concepts for new/continuing initiatives for UNODC ROCA programme activities related to counter narcotics, transnational organized crimes and terrorism prevention and contribute to other initiatives in Tajikistan Programme Office.
•Participate as a resource person in relevant workshops, seminars, training courses, study tours and meetings. Ensure the timely preparation of the relevant progress reports, including implementation delivery and forecast reports.
•Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drugs, crime and human development issues, in particular to the Central Asian region. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention efforts, in particular, as applied to Central Asia, as well as the relevant mandates of the UNODC. Has 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 knowledge of and specialization in the relevant substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in the law-enforcement including counter narcotics, transnational organized crimes, rule of law field and programme management is required.
At least two years of experience related to law enforcement training at international level is required
Work experience in the United Nations system or a similar international organization 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 highly 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 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.

Dushanbe is classified a B duty 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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