Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Border Management Branch), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Posting Period: 19 September 2022 - 18 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-190515-P- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the UNODC Border Management Branch (BMB) and serve to build a roster for field positions in its sub-programmes including the AIRCOP, Container Control Programme, CRIMJUST, Global Programme on Crimes that Affect the Environment (GPCAE), and the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) with various duty stations in the field. BMB operates under the Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbents will work under the supervision of one of the Senior Programme Officers heading one of the BMB Global Programmes and the Representative of the respective UNODC Country or Regional office. The work will be carried out in close coordination with BMB and relevant Regional Offices in the field and Regional Sections and substantive units at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Coordinator (BMB) will perform specific tasks in the relevant field location under a UNODC BMB Global Programme, which aim to increase regional capacities to prevent, plan, train for, and respond to transnational organised crime. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Coordinate the planning, organization, implementation and monitoring of the BMB Global Programme activities and strategies in the respective region.

• Undertake in depth and substantive review of the relevant programme, identify problems and issues to be addressed, prepare risk analysis and propose evaluation frameworks including logical results/frameworks models, targets and indicators of achievement. Ensure programmatic and financial delivery of assigned programme and activities

• Coordinate and liaise closely with counterparts and stakeholders on the programme implementation.

• Build partnerships and secure national counterparts’ project buy-in for effective programme implementation.

• Coordinate policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and opportunities to expand programming activities.

• Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation related to the BMB Global Programme(s).

• Plan and carry out consultative meetings, trainings, conferences and workshops related to the programme implementation.

• Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, lead the process of ensuring quality inputs to publications, website and other reports.

• Conceptualize and prepare substantive and financial reports (monthly financial and quarterly narrative reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports).

• Manage and coordinate assigned programme staff engaged in the implementation of respective BMB Programme(s) activities, manage recruitment and performance of external consultants and support other HR related matters.

• Coordinate and liaise with donor representatives and actively pursue the identification of funding possibilities for the BMB Programme(s). Prepare donor briefings, concept notes and proposals

• Participate in conferences and meetings as required, including preparing and delivering presentations.

• Perform any other work-duties as required/assigned.


• Professionalism: Has demonstrated professional competence and expert knowledge as well as understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, border control and management matters, crimes that affect the environment (for the relevant BMB Global Programme). Has demonstrated knowledge of international law and/or criminal justice, law enforcement and crime prevention policies as they relate to organized crime issues, crimes that affect the environment (for the relevant BMB Global Programme). Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, as well as the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of criminal justice, law enforcement 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. 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.

• 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 law, criminology, social sciences, police administration, customs, business or public administration or relevant social or political area with significant focus on international criminal law matters, international security policy, criminal justice and/or law enforcement issues is required. A first-level university degree in the afore-mentioned fields in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Formal qualifications of certifications from a recognised national or international customs authority, police academy, or military service-training institution supplemented by specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention or law enforcement, in combination with four (4) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the first level university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience of which at least three years at the international level, in one or several of the following areas is required: law enforcement, border management, trade supply chain security, maritime law, prosecution, criminal justice in the area of organized crime, drug trafficking and crimes that affect the environment.

Programme management experience and experience in programme planning, preparing project budgets and project implementation are required.

Work experience in planning and/or conducting law enforcement operations, conducting training or assessing legislation is desirable.

Work experience with governmental or intergovernmental law enforcement institutions is desirable.

Experience in designing and delivering training in the area of border management is desirable.

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

Relevant experience in the field is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English 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 generic job opening for the purpose of creating a roster of qualified candidates for immediate and anticipated job openings in various duty stations. The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations in various duty stations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer roster (job code 2646 DRU). Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

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.

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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