Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Coordinator (Chemical Disposal - Latin America and the Caribbean) - Temporary, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: LIMA
Posting Period: 01 June 2021 - 14 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-156648-J-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.


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 responsible for the following specific duties:

• Support the management, implementation, coordination and monitoring of the safe handling and disposal of precursor chemicals in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) project according to the approved donor agreements and costed work plan/s.
• Identify bottlenecks, propose and take corrective actions in consultation and coordination with the project team in the field and Headquarters.
• Liaise with key government officials and counterparts to facilitate the provision of technical guidance and expertise to national counterparts and UNODC field offices in LAC on safe handling and chemical disposal.
• Assist in coordinating the development and improvement of 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.
• Support the conduct of and/or follow-up on technical assistance needs assessments.
• Liaise with Government officials, donors and counterparts in the field for the implementation of the project; ensuring promotion and visibility of the project achievements to key counterparts and donors as well as to further promote DPA/LSS portfolio on safe handling and chemical disposal across the LAC region, and identify areas where new assistance is required.
• Support the recruitment process of project staff and consultants to be based in the field of the LAC region. Guide and coordinate the work of local project staff based in the LAC field offices.
• As required, guide and coordinate the work of other project staff members; mentor and guide consultants, interns and associate experts in their work.
• Coordinate closely on all activities carried out under the programme with programme officers and technical experts at DPA/LSS.
• Prepare and submit for approval narrative and financial reports, quarterly, semi-annual and annual project progress reports, and other ad hoc reports as required. Prepare and deliver regular updates and presentations on the progress of project implementation as required.
• 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 Regional 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 Country Office in Colombia.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug control, with a focus on those related to the illicit manufacture, trafficking, safe handling and disposal of drugs and their precursor chemicals, as they manifest in and relate to the regional specificities in the LAC region. Has knowledge of the legislative aspects of preventing and combating drug trafficking and diversion of precursor chemicals, including their international dimensions. Has the 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 the ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given and ability to provide effective specialized advice. Has proven ability to write technical reports and reviews and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues and defending recommendations. Has good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and professional relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, and exercise discretion, sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender. 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, forensic science 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 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in project/programme management is required.
Work experience within the UN system and/or in an international organization is desirable.
Work experience in Latin America and Caribbean is desirable.
Work experience in drug and or precursor control 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 position is temporarily available for 11 months. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration is subject to availability of the post and funding. 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.

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.

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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