Job Opening

Posting Title: Assistant Programme Officer (Civil Society) - Temporary, P1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Assistant Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 21 December 2021 - 03 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNODC-171187-J-Vienna (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 Civil Society Team (CST), Office of the Director (OD), operating under the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with duty station in Vienna (Austria). The Assistant Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer, Civil Society Team. The work will be carried out in close coordination with the relevant substantive units at headquarters, as well as relevant field offices.

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Within assigned authority, the Assistant Programme Officer will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

• Support the implementation, coordination and monitoring of the anti-corruption pillar of the project “Partnership and Engagement with Non-Governmental Stakeholders on Anti-Corruption, Drugs, and Crime Prevention” (GLOU68), with focus on Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America and Mexico, in accordance with project documents, donor funding agreements, policies, financial rules and regulations, and costed work plans;
• Provide assistance in substantive and administrative support to relevant UNODC meetings, especially in the follow up of action plans from the Ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (COSP9), including drafting background papers, briefing papers, and facilitating civil society organizations (CSO) participation in the follow up of COSP9;
• Provide support in drafting project evaluations and assessments with CSOs and UNODC Regional Office counterparts in relation to the GLOU68 Programme’s components, specifically as pertaining to the Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation project;
• Assist in drafting a report on the completion of CSO grants delivered in Eastern Africa, South America and Mexico, and Southeast Asia within the Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation project;
• Provide assistance in the GLOU68 project grant management, including budget planning and expenditures tracking in the in-house SAP management system;
• Draft, summarize and analyse the academic papers, publications and/or findings of public briefing papers within UNODC, including those by the civil society coordinators conducted across the four regions of the Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation project, reflecting on civil society contributions across the entire project duration, to be presented at COSP9;
• Support the CST in effective liaison with donors, CSOs, development partners, governmental counterparts, academia and other stakeholders;
• Assist in preparation and submission of monthly, quarterly and annual project progress reports to donors;
• Participate in and support field missions where CST carries out programme activities, collect data and ensure follow-up action;
• Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to anti-corruption, especially in relation to the implementation of the UNCAC; has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as specific knowledge on the work of UNODC with civil society; has ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; has ability to assist with data collection using various methods; has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, such as electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; 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; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, political science, business administration, project management or 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

Applicants to positions at this level who have an advanced university degree in a relevant field of study are not required to have professional work experience. For applicants who have a first level university degree, two additional years of qualifying work experience is required.

Experience in drafting publications to an academic or international organization standard is desirable.

Working experience with the United Nations system and/or similar international organization is desirable.

Working experience in facilitating participation of non-governmental organizations at intergovernmental fora, is desirable.

Experience with grants to civil society organizations is desirable.

Experience in project/programme management or administration within the area of anti-corruption at the international level 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 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 three months. 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.

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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