Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Country Manager), P4 [Cancelled]
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: YANGON
Posting Period: 21 January 2022 - 19 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-172421-R-Yangon (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 UNODC Country Office in Myanmar (POMYA), with duty station in Yangon. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative, Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), in Bangkok, Thailand, and the overall guidance of the Deputy Director of the Division for Operations (DO) at UNODC Headquarters, Vienna.

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

• Keep abreast with the latest developments and trends in Myanmar regarding all areas under UNODC mandates and advise on possible policy and operational responses.
• Represent UNODC’s position and interests in Myanmar and liaise with Government’s institutions (in line with the common UN position), civil society, regional and international aid agencies and financial institutions, and the media.
• Represent UNODC within the UN Country Team and other relevant fora in Myanmar and build effective partnerships with UN entities, including joint programmes, ensuring that UNODC’s mandates are fully reflected in the wider programme of work and UN initiatives in the country.
• Build effective relationship with the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, the Resident Coordinator in Myanmar and other senior UN managers in the country.
• Manage, supervise, plan, develop, monitor, evaluate and report on UNODC programme/project activities. Manage budget, finance, administration and procurement related functions in accordance with UN rules and regulations.
• Ensure effective monitoring and collection of data on programme implementation, and contribute to national, regional and global efforts to show UNODC’s contribution to wider UN efforts and the Sustainable Development Goals.
• Draft reports and position papers related to operational activities, as well as visibility/communication material, and as necessary, provide input to UNODC management for the analysis of related development and policy issues.
• Develop and implement a resource mobilization strategy and build partnerships aimed at broadening the donor base, and promoting long-term involvement and financial, in-kind support and resources by national, regional and international public and private sector donors to support UNODC’s work in Myanmar.
• Ensure regular communication with all project donors and ensure that reporting obligations and other obligations towards the donors are fulfilled in a timely manner.
• Lead UNODC advocacy and awareness raising efforts in Myanmar and contribute to such efforts at the regional and global levels.
• Ensure timely and efficient project management, including project and budget revisions, reporting and monitoring, and negotiations with external counterparts.
• Coordinate and liaise with ROSEAP staff and relevant UNODC Headquarters’ Branches and Sections, as well as with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental actors, to facilitate programme implementation and create synergies/partnerships.
• Contribute to safety and security of UNODC personnel in Myanmar, in line with the framework of accountability.
• Support ROSEAP management in developing strategic narratives on Myanmar’s relevance at the regional level with regards to challenges related to UNODC mandates.
• Advise the Regional Representative and senior management on political trends and challenges in Myanmar.
• Supervise programme/project staff and related personnel.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug and terrorism related issues with good research and analytical skills. Has knowledge of policies and concepts of UN reform and their impact on field-based programme implementation. Is able to lead and coordinate efforts to develop and mobilize resources for strategic programme initiatives. Has up to-date knowledge of and practice with UN programme policies, guidelines and procedures. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has good analytical, planning and organizational skills. 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 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.

• 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.

Managerial competencies:
• Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political or social sciences, public or business administration, economics, law, international relations or similar academic background 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 project or programme management relating to the control and prevention of drugs, crime and/or terrorism, in an international setting, is required.

Experience in managing or coordinating office operations is required.

Work experience in programme planning, monitoring and reporting is required.

Experience in promoting UN-system partnerships, in particular in the context of the UN reform, is desirable.

Experience in engaging and building partnerships with Government and non-government counterparts is desirable.

Experience working with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.

Work experience in Southeast Asia and in challenging security environments is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post 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 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.

Yangon is classified a B 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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