Job Opening

Posting Title: Operations Officer and Emergency/Covid-19 Response Coordinator, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 14 July 2021 - 12 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-159198-R-Dakar (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 at the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Representative of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) and the overall guidance of the Deputy Director, Division for Operations (DO) as well as relevant Services in the Division of Management (DM) at UNOV/UNODC.

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Within assigned authority, the Operations Officer and Emergency/Covid-19 Response Coordinator will be responsible for the following specific duties:

Strategic Direction of Operations:
•Ensure compliance of operations with UN/UNODC rules, regulations and policies.

•Coordinate the Regional Office’s annual budget submission as well as activities related to budget and funding.

•Prepare and coordinate the Risk Register Matrix, Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and support the Representative on UN Management Reform matters in West and Central Africa (WCA).

•Develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects; research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources, and prepare various written outputs.

•Coordinate policy development, review the assessments of issues and trends and prepare evaluations or research activities and studies.

•Manage human resources by coordinating and supervising the work of staff; track and monitor gender balance regional statistics and plan for gender target achievements.

•Organize resource management-related trainings (finance, human resources and procurement).

•Lead missions/travel to respective Country/Programme Offices when needed and perform audits, if required, and support UNODC Field Office presences on the ground in identifying possible risks and addressing them in a timely manner.

Emergency/Covid-19 Response Coordination:
•Act as Emergency/Covid-19 Response Coordinator and take the lead for the UNODC Regional Office for WCA Covid-19 Response actions.

•Under the relevant ROSEN Management and Accountability Framework (MAF), coordinate and manage the Regional Office support required for the implementation of UNODC’s contributions to emergency operations/programmes related to Covid-19, ensuring the effective input-coordination from other UN Agencies on the ground in WCA.

•Manage internal and external information flows and reporting on Covid-19 with a focus on policy and programmatic responses co-spearheaded by the UN Resident Coordinator Offices, ROSEN and the 22 Member States covered by ROSEN. Identify needs and gaps.

•Coordinate actions with the Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) in the region to ensure information management is up to date and shared, including production of infographics, dashboards and situation reports.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandates. Has very good knowledge of administrative, budgetary, financial, asset and human resources management policies, practices and procedures including information and communication technology needs. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategy development, project and staff management and fundraising. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to 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.

•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.

•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.

•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 finance, accounting, business administration, management, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with additional two 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 project/programme planning, management or monitoring at the national or international level is required.
Work experience in one or more of the following areas is required: governance, law enforcement, investigation, police, counterterrorism, drug or crime prevention and control.
Work experience in a field office or mission of the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. 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 financed 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. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff.

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.

Dakar is classified in the A category (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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