Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief (Temporary), P4 (Temporary Job Opening) [Cancelled]
Job Code Title: Chief of Unit, Programme Management
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 05 February 2021 - 18 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNODC-149472-J-Vienna (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 Strategic Planning and Inter-Agency Affairs Unit (SPIA), Public Affairs and Policy Support Branch (PAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, PAB.

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The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Review all Regional Programmes (RPs), Country Programmes (CPs) and Global Programmes (GPs) prior to their submission to the Programme Review Committee (PRC) to ensure the “alignment” of the corporate strategic vision with the operational priorities, thus improving the consistency and coherence of UNODC's strategy and operations (i.e. Medium Term Strategy, Programme Plan and Budget, Global Programmes, RPs/CPs, inter-regional initiatives) to strengthen the operational linkages between the TPs and the RPs/CPs; perform an overall “alignment” and “quality control" role by providing on the job support to all substantive offices on inclusion of specific interventions, streamlining the project portfolio of UNODC to maximise efficiency and programmes aimed at furthering strategic priorities.
• Support the implementation and consolidation of the UNODC integrated programme approach by strengthening the integration of UNODC normative services, research and analysis, and technical assistance; reinforce the "upstream" role of the field-based programmes, assisting them in shifting from project delivery to more policy, sector and programmatic interventions; assist in developing management information systems to allow for creation of integrated programming vehicles while simplifying procedures for operational staff.
• Coordinate and strengthen the interaction with relevant think-tanks and academia world-wide on policy and strategic issues related to crime and drugs, and support the creation of "knowledge networks" across regions; in particular, coordinate and review best practices, criteria, methodologies and activities and coordinate and lead work on developing a user-friendly "knowledge management" system for UNODC staff.
• Provide advice to management and staff on the overall strategic development of the Office in response to external changes and changes within the UN system and prepare background notes plus briefings for Senior Managers on emerging issues including recommended courses of action.
• Support senior management in engagement with other parts of the UN system notably the HLCP and the CEB, identify strategic entry points in interagency discussions for mainstreaming UNODC mandates.
• Guide and oversee mainstreaming of the 2030 agenda into the work of the UNODC and represent UNODC in select interagency mechanisms on the same subject and other issues related to strategic planning.
• Identify and guide development of initiatives on issues of emerging substantive importance to the Office.
• Plan, implement and oversee critical systems and processes related to results-based management including results-based reporting and use of established Management Information systems for programme planning, monitoring and Reporting.
• Plan, oversee and coordinate the management of activities undertaken by the Unit; ensure that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion. Plan, coordinate and oversee the work of staff under his/her supervision.
• Ensure that the outputs produced by the Unit maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensure that all outputs produced by the Unit meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to programme management and development. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and knowledge of policies, strategies, concepts and operational approaches relevant to the Office’s goals. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to identify key strategic issues, formulate opinions and concepts and make conclusions and recommendations. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and the work of others, lead a team 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.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure 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 task 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, programme management, economics 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 programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience in strategic programme planning and related operational implementation as well as programme/project development and implementation is desirable.
Experience in managing inter-agency affairs is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. 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 temporarily available until 31 March 2022. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• 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.

• Vienna is classified as a H 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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