Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Drugs and Health), P3
Job Code Title: DRUG CONTROL AND CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: MANILA
Posting Period: 11 February 2021 - 12 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-149352-R-Manila (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 UNODC Programme Office in the Philippines (POPHIL) with duty station in Manila. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care) in POPHIL/Manila and the additional supervision of the Programme Coordinator in ROSEAP based in Bangkok. Additional substantive guidance will be provided by the Programme Officer (Drug and Health) in Bangkok and the UNODC Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

For more information on UNODC, please visit the following website: www.unodc.org

Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

•Maintain a current knowledge of substantive and operational developments in the areas of drug prevention and treatment, as well as HIV prevention and related trends, at the national, regional and international levels.
•With key counterparts in the Philippines, design, implement and monitor all drug demand reduction (DDR) and HIV prevention and treatment activities. This involves, inter alia, the identification of problems and issues to be addressed as well as recommendations of corrective actions.
•Develop project/programme annual workplans in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN General Assembly’s and Commission on Narcotic Drugs’ outcome documents, international standards and guidelines related to DDR and HIV in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
•Provide support to the implementation of all the UNODC DDR and HIV prevention activities, especially those linked to the Philippines’ Joint UN Human Right-based approaches related to drugs.
•Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, communication/visibility material and reporting, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc..
•Serve as the national focal point for matters pertaining to UNODC’s mandates on DDR (prevention and treatment) and on HIV (prevention and people who use drugs).
•Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences including proposing agenda topics, identifying and nominating participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, support the handling of logistics.
•Undertake outreach activities: participate in the development of training workshops, seminars; participate in and make presentations on assigned topics/activities; where relevant conduct trainings on relevant topics.
•Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, and collecting data.
•Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and the preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
•Perform other work-related duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandates on drugs and health, and has knowledge of the regional context in the relevant functional areas or specialized field. Has ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

•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.

•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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public health, social and behavioural change communication, social science, political science, development cooperation 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 five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the management of programmes on public health or communication for social change is required.
Work experience in the areas of drugs and health, and in related capacity-building for government officials, at the national or international level is required.
Work experience in or on South-East Asia and the Pacific is desirable.
Work experience with/in governmental or intergovernmental health-related institutions is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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.

Manila is classified a 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.

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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No Fee

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