Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 19 August 2020 - 17 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-138745-R-Cairo (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located at the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) in Cairo, Egypt. The Programme Coordinator will report to the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa.

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The focus of this position is to support the Regional Representative to oversee Project Managers and the Operations Team in implementing projects in the region in multiple thematic areas covering drug control, crime prevention, criminal justice, research and trend analysis, terrorism prevention, health and livelihoods and policy support activities. The Programme Coordinator will oversee and coordinate the development and implementation of UNODC programming through the Regional Programme for the Arab States, in line with United Nations/UNODC strategies, policies, standards and rules.

Within delegated authority, the Programme Coordinator will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

•Provide substantive, technical, programmatic, and administrative advice to the Regional Representative, Project Managers and the Operations Team, oversee and support regional and national programme implementation, coordination, reporting, and compliance with United Nations standards and rules;

•Provide oversight, coordination, input and support to the development of ROMENA Regional and Country Programmes and identify strategic approaches and modalities to achieve the targets and objectives; including the promotion of regional cooperation;

•Formulate programme objectives for the expansion and sustainability of the ROMENA portfolio and identify viable sub-programme projects to be developed within the Regional/Country programmes;

•In close cooperation with project managers and the Operations Team, ensure the development, preparation, coordination of the office work-plan, project work-plans, biennium budgets, ensuring integrated programming, and effective use of resources by setting priorities and establishing deadlines, standards and targets; contribute to decision-making over human and financial resources;

•Monitor the programme cycle, evaluate the progress of ongoing project and programme activities in order to ensure timely, effective results-based programme/project delivery; ensure submission of quality project documents and revisions; ensure timely and quality project-, programme-, financial-, administrative-, and institutional reporting in consultation with relevant team members;

•Liaise with regional and national partners to ensure cooperation in facilitating programme operations;

•Participate in meetings, seminars, missions, external relation activities, etc. as delegated by the Representative;

•Support the Regional Representative in the implementation of a resource mobilization strategy promoting long-term sustainability and growth through the establishment of strategic partnerships and securing financial support by governments, international, public and private sector donors.

•Monitor and evaluate the performance of designated staff and provide regular feedback and guidance.

•Perform other work related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug control, crime prevention and human development issues, particularly in the Middle East North Africa context. Has knowledge of policies and best practices related to drug control, crime prevention and terrorism prevention efforts at national, regional and international level. Has knowledge of relevant mandates of UNODC. Has sound political judgment and ability to work on political and sensitive issues. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of complex problems/issues. Has knowledge of regional frameworks in drug and crime control cooperation and best practices in cross-border cooperation, information exchange, police coordination, etc. Has demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. 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. Possesses good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.

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.

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;

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 UNODC; 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; ensures 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 tasks 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social affairs, law, economics, criminology, international relations or 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in programme management related to crime prevention, drug control or a related field is required.
Relevant working experience at the United Nations or similar international organization in the area of technical assistance, strategic programme/project/partnership development, planning, management and administration is desirable.
Relevant experience in international cooperation outside one own’s country is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Excellent professional command of French and/or Arabic is 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 position is funded from extra budgetary resources. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of 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.

Cairo 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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