Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Project Officer (Alternative Development), P2
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 05 September 2022 - 04 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-188433-R-Bogota (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 Regional Office for the Andean Region and the Southern Cone (ROCOL) with duty station in Bogotá (Colombia), Division for Operations (DO) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and substantive guidance of the Senior Programme Officer coordinating the Alternative Development Programme.


Within assigned authority, the Associate Project Officer (Alternative Development) will provide assistance and support in the planning and monitoring of an alternative development project in the department of Putumayo. S/he will contribute to the commercialization component of the project.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Analyze and compile existing data and information as well as document lessons learned in the implementation of the project with a view to supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of marketing strategies in the reduction of illicit crops, alternative development and integral strengthening of the territories prioritized by the Government of Colombia.
• Assist in monitoring project implementation, especially in relation to performance indicators and their measurement related to the sustainability of marketing strategies and processes.
• Assist in the process of creating, developing and monitoring the work plan of the project focused on the commercialization of Alternative Development products and keep it updated.
• Provide data, information and statistics related to marketing strategies for different markets to serve as input for reporting and other purposes.
• Participate in annual project reviews, project workshops, and support the project manager in preparing relevant inputs related to project indicators and targets.
• Provide support with the different inputs for the project evaluation strategy, based on the conceptual framework and progress to date.
• Conduct basic research on selected aspects of marketing strategies and programmes etc., to include the collection, analysis and presentation of statistical data and other information gathered from various sources.
• Seek to establish the development of national and international partnerships and business strategies for the alliance and commercialization of the different products marked in the alternative development programme.
• Contribute to market studies for the commercialization of alternative development products.
• Participate in the development of promotion and marketing strategies for the export of alternative development products.
• Undertake outreach activities; participate in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participate in and make presentations on assigned topics/activities as required.
• Provide support in UMOJA (reviewing/approving process) related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Provide support in the elaboration of communication products (brochures, website, social media contents, posters, etc.) for competitiveness process and assistance of beneficiary organisations of the alternative development projects.
• Assist in the development and implementation of new projects related to competitiveness under the alternative development programme.
• Assist in building sustainability of alternative development programme.
• Support the building of partnerships with new partners and international donors for productive and commercial alternative development projects.
• Assist in the development and implementation of a gender sensitive strategy for the project.
• Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of project management, monitoring and evaluation. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social science, international relations, political science, public administration 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.

A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years progressively responsible experience in the area project management, or the successful completion of Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE), or the General Service Professional Examination (G to P) is required.

Work experience in monitoring and evaluation on international cooperation projects is desirable.

Work experience in Latin America is desirable.

Experience in agricultural development and/or commercialization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and in Spanish is required. 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 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 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 is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Bogota is classified as an A and 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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