Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Coordinator (Chemical Disposal - Latin America and the Caribbean), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: LIMA
Posting Period: 05 February 2021 - 05 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-148304-R-Lima (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 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Peru and Ecuador (ROPER) in Lima, Peru. The incumbent will report to the Representative, ROPER, and receive overall substantive guidance from the Chief, Laboratory and Scientific Service (LSS), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), based in Vienna. The incumbent will also work in close coordination and collaboration with the Representative of the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN) and the Representative of Country Office in Colombia (COCOL) who could act as Additional Reporting Officers, if so decided. Within the duration of the assignment, the incumbent might be posted for shorter periods at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, as required.

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The Global Scientific and Forensic Services Support Project (GLOU54) looks to enhance scientific and forensic capacity worldwide (in selected priority regions). It builds upon past and current UNODC activities in the scientific and laboratory sector with a focus on sustainable, integrated forensic science services in support of criminal justice, the rule of law as well as the health sector. Within assigned authority and under the substantive guidance of LSS, UNODC Headquarters Vienna, the Project Coordinator will be primarily responsible for the planning and implementation of technical assistance activities in the field of safe handling and disposal of drugs and precursor chemicals in Latin America and the Caribbean The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Manage the implementation of the safe handling and disposal of chemicals in LAC project.
•Coordinate the implementation and further development of UNODC’s activities in the field of safe handling and disposal of drugs and precursor chemicals in Latin America and the Caribbean.
•Contribute to resource mobilization for the programme by establishing and maintaining close liaison with donor countries and other partners in coordination with DPA/LSS, the Office for Peru and Ecuador and other relevant UNODC offices in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean, and the Office for Colombia.
•Provide expert advice and input to the development and implementation of a technical assistance programme in the field of safe handling and chemical disposal in Latin America and the Caribbean, in accordance with UNODC’s guidelines and manuals.
•Conduct and/or follow-up on technical assistance needs assessments. Provide technical guidance and expertise to national counterparts and the UNODC field offices on safe handling and disposal.
•Support the strengthening and capacity building of relevant national agencies. Provide advisory services and technical expertise to relevant national agencies and units on legislative and enforcement aspects of preventing and combating drug trafficking and diversion of precursor chemicals with a focus on safe handling and disposal.
•Assist in developing and improving national chemical disposal work plans, including supportive legislative frameworks.
•Foster contacts and, where appropriate, co-operation and partnerships with bodies and institutions at national, regional and international levels tasked with drug and precursor control.
•Promote and develop public-private partnerships in the safe handling and disposal of chemicals in beneficiary countries under the project.
•Coordinate closely all activities carried out under the programme with the technical experts at DPA/LSS. Liaise and share information regularly with other partners on programme activities. Prepare regular progress reports on the development of his/her work, as may be requested by the funding partner(s), national counterparts or UNODC.
•As required, guide and coordinate the work of other professional, national and support staff members, mentor and guide consultants, interns and Associate Experts in their work.
•Perform other work-related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the particular sector and functional area with a focus on drug/chemical control and related issues such as illicit manufacture, trafficking, seizures, safe handling and disposal. Has good knowledge of legislative aspects of preventing and combating drug trafficking and diversion of precursor chemicals, including their international dimensions. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and contribute to the resolution of problems/issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given and ability to provide effective specialized advice. 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 & 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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, business administration, management, economics, chemistry, pharmacy 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in drug control, with a focus on law enforcement or precursor control is required.
Several years of experience in project management, administration or related area is required.
Work experience in an international or regional organization is desirable.
Work experience in the field of safe handling and disposal of chemicals is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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 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.

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

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.

Lima is classified as an A and 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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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