Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Programme Coordinator (Senior Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer) - Temporary, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 07 March 2022 - 13 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-176322-J-Panama City (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the UNODC Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROPAN) in Panama City, Panama. Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division for Operations and the Chief of the Border Management Branch, the Senior Programme Coordinator (SDCCPO) will be in charge of coordinating all segments of the project “Establishment of real-time operational communication between international airports” (AIRCOP).

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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

• Oversee the work of staff, guide and coordinate the AIRCOP regional teams in all regions covered by AIRCOP, composed of Regional and sub-regional Coordinators, National Professional Officers (NPOs), Non-Staff Personnel, Consultants, United Nations Volunteers (UNVs), etc.

• Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of the AIRCOP project; monitor and analyse the development and implementation of the project; Lead the preparation and dissemination of project work plans, budgets, terms of references and other related project documentation (e.g. programme/project progress, evaluation reports etc.); supervise the review of relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions and ensure follow-up actions.

• Provide highly specialized expertise and advice on technical, substantive and administrative issues regarding the AIRCOP project.

• Take the lead to formulate and develop activities in new strategic and thematic areas relevant to the project.

• Take the lead in liaising with the implementing partners (Interpol and the World Customs Organization (WCO)) to ensure the smooth implementation of the project, in particular with regard to their contribution in the daily activities implemented by AIRCOP.

• Take the lead in liaising with the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) as part of the Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, under which AIRCOP is in charge of the operational pillar.

• Develop strong partnerships, undertake negotiations and consultations and liaise on substantive issues with relevant Member States, donors, international and regional organizations and institutions, entities, governments and representations, inter-governmental organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders, to facilitate the delivery of UNDOC technical cooperation within the framework of AIRCOP, develop synergies, avoid duplication and overlapping of activities as well as promote and facilitate operational partnerships and collaborative undertakings; Oversee and lead the formulation and preparation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) with relevant regional and international partners authorities; review the implementation of such agreements.

• Lead, supervise and coordinate the preparation of reports for the Project Steering Committee as well as the organization of the meetings of the Committee.

• Take the lead in liaising closely at strategic level with the UNODC Regional Offices concerned, relevant Branches and Sections at the Headquarters in Vienna for all matters related to the project.

• In coordination with the AIRCOP Regional teams, liaise with the national authorities regarding the creation of Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces at the international airports covered by the project; lead and/or participate in large and complex missions including assessment missions and conduct visits to project sites in order to assess needs, oversee implementation and assess the efficiency of resources used.

• Liaise with donors and guide the fundraising activities of the AIRCOP project, including extra-budgetary voluntary contributions and building support for cost-sharing contributions from Governments and identifying other funding sources for UNODC projects and activities. Lead and participate in fund-raising missions as well as other fund-raising activities as required.

• Represent UNODC as high-level expert in regional or international technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, advocacy meetings, roundtables, workshops and other relevant meetings related to AIRCOP.

• Review technical reports and other relevant materials and ensure dissemination of good practices.

• Supervise the preparation of and review/approve, as necessary, various written outputs such as reports to governing bodies, background papers, correspondence with counterparts, reports, working documents, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy proposals and documents, studies and summary reports.

• Monitor developments related to organized crime, illicit trafficking (of drugs, firearms, human beings and other illicit commodities) and terrorism (with special focus on high risk passengers and FTF) in the regions covered by the project.

• Oversee and direct the design, development and promotion of technical and training materials, tools and capacity building packages.

• Plan, lead and/or oversee the recruitment and integration of new staff members, consultants, interns, etc., taking into account geographical and gender balance as well as other organizational requirements and needs.

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention. Has solid knowledge and understanding of the mandates of UNODC and UN mandates, including supply reduction mandate areas. Has good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategy development, project and staff management, fundraising, and law enforcement. Has demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations. Has demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment and to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Is able to identify issues, analyse and manage the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to plan own work, review the work of others 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.

• 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; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Judgment/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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, business administration, management 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 ten years of progressively responsible professional work experience, including experience at the international level, in project/programme planning, management and 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, counter-terrorism, drug and/or crime prevention and control.

Work experience in counter-trafficking is desirable.

Work experience in a United Nations field office/mission 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 or Spanish is desirable. Working knowledge of Portuguese 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 project position is temporarily available for four 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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.

Panama City 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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