Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Law Enforcement Cooperation and Border Control), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 31 January 2022 - 13 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-173656-J-Cairo (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Cairo, Egypt. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Representative for the Middle East and North Africa and reports directly to the ROMENA Programme Coordinator responsible for the overall programmatic work in the region. The incumbent will coordinate with relevant staff in ROMENA and receive additional technical guidance from respective headquarters sections in Vienna.

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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the successful implementation of the project: "Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Border Control against Illicit Trafficking", as well as for contributing to other thematically related UNODC projects in the MENA and other regions requiring his/her services. The incumbent will be (i) responsible for providing advice, guidance and implementation of the Regional programme: “Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Border Control against Illicit Trafficking",” under subprogramme I of the UNODC Regional Programme for the Arab States, (ii) hold the overall management responsibility for the implementation of the regional programme as well as other initiatives entrusted under global or other programmes related to organized crime, law enforcement and /or border control including the relevant components of the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) funded regional project ‘Dismantling the criminal networks operating in North Africa and involved in migrant smuggling and human trafficking’ (iii) work with Governments, the United Nations Country Teams, private sector, civil society organizations and other partners and stakeholders on the enhancement of the response in the region in the context of the Sustainable Development Agenda I, in particular the Sustainable Development Goal 5 and 16.

The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Plan, manage and coordinate the implementation of and hold the overall management responsibility for the implementation of the regional project “Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Border Control against Illicit Trafficking" and other relevant projects or project components.
• Provide ongoing technical guidance, policy advice and assistance to national and regional stakeholders in the MENA region in enhancing substantive and technical knowledge of key stakeholders involved in the area of law enforcement and border control as they relate to countering organized crime.
• Provide guidance and oversight to ROMENA projects closely related to law enforcement and organized crime, in particular in the areas of cybercrime, forensics and criminal intelligence analysis.
• Coordinate the organization and/or delivery of a variety of specialized technical services for governments, e.g. expert group meetings, training seminars, study tours, etc., in order to assist them in the implementation of the project and international commitments.
• Deliver training to border and law enforcement officials on law enforcement and border management issues, including but not limited to border management, search and profiling techniques, investigation techniques, inter-agency cooperation, use of specialized equipment, control and surveillance, etc.; coordinate with UN partners in the UN Country Teams on the Common Country Assessment and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework discussions, identify and develop, in particular with International Financial Institutions (IFIs), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners, policy documents, knowledge products, programmes, grant proposals and other activities on issues related to law enforcement and border control as they relate to organized crime.
• Organize and participate as a resource person in advocacy meetings, expert roundtables, training workshops and other meetings related to law enforcement and border control as related to organized crime.
• Prepare, analyze, and evaluate technical reports and other relevant material, lead and/or participate in large, complex programming, needs assessment and other technical missions related to law enforcement and border control, elaborate assistance proposals with governments, international funding institutions, UN agencies and non-governmental and civil society organization.
• Liaise with relevant Headquarters' substantive Sections and Units for advice and input for project implementation, as needed.
• Manage ROMENA’s fundraising and advocacy work, i.e. preparation of concept notes, project ideas, newsletters, other advocacy materials.
• Coordinate and support activities of Project Steering Committees and other country or project working groups addressing law enforcement and border control.
• Coordinate and monitor the financial management of the assigned project and establish measurable project performance indicators, monitor attainment of project outcomes and report on project progress. Prepare and lead the preparation of project revisions, including those addressing budgetary matters, ensure the maintenance of financial records in respect of project expenditures, including the timely and accurate submission of financial reports, the oversight of allocation and utilization of project funds. Prepare and review other technical and management reports and other documents, such as reports to Headquarters, government, and donors.
• Coordinate the recruitment, supervision and development of project personnel and manage the project team in line with UN policies.
• Supervise, guide and mentor team colleagues in programme implementation, monitoring and assessment; identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; identify and initiate follow-up actions to ensure effective project implementation.
• Perform any other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to law enforcement and border control in general. Has knowledge of policies and practices related to countering organized crime in line with the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the United Nations drug control conventions as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, security studies or a related field is required. A first-level university degree OR equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other relevant staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience at national and international level in preventing and countering organized crimes, border management, criminal investigation and/or security sector management at the national and/or international level is required.

Experience in designing, managing and implementing technical cooperation programmes and projects as well as fundraising is required.

Experience in building successful partnerships and networking with a wide range of external partners, donors and organizations is required.

Experience in leading and managing teams and staff is required.

Working experience in a field environment outside one's home country is required.

Working experience in Arab countries and/or Africa is desirable.

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


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French or Arabic 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 temporary position is available for eleven months. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may 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.

Cairo 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.

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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