Job Opening

Posting Title: Representative, D1
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 28 July 2020 - 10 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-138770-R-Kabul (X)
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 Country Office in Afghanistan (COAFG)of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kabul. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director, Division for Operations (DO), the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of DO and oversight through the Regional Section for Europe, West & Central Asia (RSEWCA) located at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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Within delegated authority, the Representative is responsible for the effective implementation of UNODC programmes and activities in the designated country in supporting Member States capacities to deal effectively with issues related to drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, i.e. UNODC’s core mandate areas. S/he will be responsible and accountable for the efficient management of all human and financial resources allocated to the programmes and the office, as well as for ensuring outputs of a high-quality standard.

The incumbent is also a member of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Afghanistan. In order to ensure UNODC contributions to UNCT, s/he will work closely with and under the strategic guidance and coordination of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC).
In particular, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

Strategic and Policy Advice:
•Effectively direct and manage the UNODC programme and country office in Afghanistan. Ensure effective implementation of UNODC Programmes and activities in Afghanistan in supporting Member States capacities to deal effectively with issues related to drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism.

•Oversee the successful implementation of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries. In close consultation with the Field Representatives concerned and supervising the Regional Programme Coordinator, the incumbent assures the effective functioning of the Regional Programme and has the responsibility of strategic oversight for coordination of cross-regional activities across West and Central Asia.

•Act as the Special Adviser on counter-narcotics issues to the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) in Afghanistan, providing policy advice on substantive matters, both national (as affecting the Kabul Process and Transition) and regional in nature (counter-narcotics as a Confidence Building Measure as included in the Istanbul Process), and work to this end in close collaboration with UNAMA and its liaison offices, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy based in Ashgabat, DPO, DPPA, the and other relevant bodies within and outside the UN.

•Provide advice to senior Government officials of Afghanistan and Neighboring countries on the development of national, regional and inter-regional long-term capacity-building in drug control and crime prevention, in order to promote adherence to and ensure consistency with the terms of the United Nations conventions, drug control treaties, the Conventions against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and Corruption (UNCAC) and the international instruments to counter terrorism, as well as with the goals and objectives of the 20th Special Session of the General Assembly.

•Represent UNODC’s position and interests in the country/region, and promote solid partnerships with governmental institutions, civil society, national and international stakeholders and financial institutions, parliamentarians and the media.

•Promote a better understanding of the importance of core-mandate matters, encourage increased priority attention to all aspects of the related mandates and advocate the inclusion of these issues in government planning documents as well as in relevant programmes of other bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organizations. Assist government counterparts in the development and implementation of initiatives promoting better synergies among UNODC regional and country programmes, as part of the results-oriented Inter-Regional Drug Control and the Networking the Networks approaches.

Programme Development/Resource Mobilization:
•Contribute towards UN-wide strategic planning and cooperation in the field, in particular with the UN Development Coordination Office (UN DCO) and the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

•Ensure that drugs/crime related issues are embedded in key UN programmatic instruments such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

•Explore opportunities to grow the volume of the Country Office programme portfolio in line with UNODC strategy and Government requests, develop proposals and oversee their implementation.

•Ensure that a resource mobilization strategy remains in place that promotes long-term involvement including financial and in-kind support and resources by the governments, international, public and private sector donors to the work of UNODC for the core infrastructure and technical assistance programme of UNODC in the country. At the same time the incumbent engages in joint resource mobilization efforts with the UNCT and in line with the UNDSDF budget.

•Maintain regular consultations with counterparts and ensure that donor funding agreements are honoured in a timely manner.

Office Management/Security:
•In accordance with established policies and delegated authority, manage the financial and human resources assigned to the local UNODC Office under his/her supervision, ensuring appropriate coverage and efficient and effective use of such resources.

•Manage, lead, guide and mentor staff under her/his responsibility. This includes promoting their professional development and creating a work environment which fosters civility and respect among staff.

•As member of the local Security Management Team (SMT), and as outlined in the "Handbook for United Nations Designated Officials for Security”, support and advise the local Designated Official in all security management related matters. The UNODC Representative is accountable to the Secretary General through the UNODC Executive Director.

•She/he is responsible for the implementation of local security management decisions taken by the Designated Official and SMT and appropriate security and safety measures and arrangements for UNODC staff, personnel, eligible family members, as well as for all UNODC premises and operations in the country/region, in coordination with the local UNDSS security officials, and with advice from the UNODC Focal Point for Field Security at Headquarters Vienna, as appropriate.

Programme Implementation:
•Coordinate, monitor and evaluate the overall progress of ongoing activities in Afghanistan in order to ensure the effective project/progamme delivery and use of funds as well as consistency, substantively, technically and financially with the objectives set forth in the programming tools.

•In consultation with the relevant Representatives, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the overall progress of ongoing activities under the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries in order to ensure the effective project/progamme delivery and use of funds as well as consistency, substantively,

technically and financially with the objectives set forth in the programming tools.
•In the project cycle management, approve directly project documents in conformity with UNODC Management Instructions (MI), intervene when difficulties arise, take remedial actions as required and identify appropriate solutions.

•Manage corresponding budget and programme resources.

•Ensure timely and accurate substantive and financial reporting.

•Keep UNODC headquarters informed of the progress being made.

•Ensure the effective communication of UNODC’s work and its impact in Afghanistan and the region.

•Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, corruption, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has professional competence in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution. Has ability to provide effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues and to negotiate and resolve politically sensitive issues/problems with governments and cooperating institutions. Has excellent networking skills as well as resource mobilization and coordination capabilities. Has ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. 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.

•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.

•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.

•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 economics, law, public administration, political or social sciences, international relations or similar field of study related to the UNODC mandates 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 15 years of progressively responsible professional work experience with an excellent performance record in international technical assistance and programme management in the area of UNODC’s mandates on drug control, crime prevention, criminal justice, countering corruption, drug prevention and health matters such as the prevention, treatment, care and rehabilitation of drug use disorders, the prevention, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS health or drug use/HIV prevention and treatment and/or terrorism prevention related issues is required.
Out of the 15 years, several years of direct, hands-on experience in coordinating and leading the implementation of programmes and projects at the field level is required.
Experience in overseeing and in being accountable for the correct application of rules and regulations in a large international organization or governmental institution, non-governmental organization, civil-based organization or similar is required.
Proven experience in managing administrative, financial and human resources is required.
Work experience in the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable
Demonstrated experience in managing large and diverse teams operating at different locations and covering a wide range of substantive, programmatic and programme support functions is desirable.
Experience with demonstrated results in negotiation and resource mobilization of development cooperation programmes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English with proven drafting and communication skills is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages and or local languages is an asset.


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

Special Notice

•This is an anticipated vacant position funded 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. Any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding.

•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.

•Kabul is classified in the E category (non-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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