Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Global Maritime Crime Programme, Atlantic Ocean) - Recruit from Roster, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: ABIDJAN
Posting Period: 21 September 2022 - 05 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-190726-F-Abidjan (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 Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) in the Programme Office in Côte d’Ivoire (POCIV), Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. GMCP operates under the Border Management Branch (BMB), Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the broad authority of the UNODC Representative of ROSEN and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, heading GMCP.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Coordinator (GMCP, Atlantic Ocean) will perform the following specific tasks:

• Act as Programme Coordinator (GMCP, AO) for activities under the GMCP Atlantic Ocean portfolio, including GLOW63 with regards to the coordination of the EU funded SWAIMS programme (Strengthening Criminal Justice Systems in West and Central Africa) in the ECOWAS region, the EU funded PASSMAR programme (Programme to Support the maritime safety and security in strategy in Central Africa) in the ECCAS region, as well as any other sub programmes under GLOX99 that fall under the Atlantic Ocean portfolio. Prepare inputs for budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management. Manage human and financial resources allocated to the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) by coordinating the work of and guiding programme staff. Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results.

• Implement, coordinate and manage Maritime Crime Programme activities for the Atlantic Ocean according to approved project document/revisions, valid contribution and donor funding agreements, valid policies and financial rules and regulations, and costed work plans.

• Manage and coordinate programme staff engaged to implement components of the Maritime Crime Programme activities under the Atlantic Ocean portfolio.

• Develop counter-maritime crime programming initiatives in West Africa, Gulf of Guinea region including assessment missions, liaising with counterparts and partnering with the donor community.

• Provide technical assistance and advice to Central and West African states on legal aspects and frameworks related to combatting crime at sea, in line with key international instruments including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

• Supervise project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Global Maritime Crime Programme, Atlantic Ocean sub-programme and ensure compliance with UN financial rules and regulations, initiate project and/or budget revisions as required. Serve as lead substantive officer for the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of reference and other related project documentation.

• Identify technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of regional criminal justice systems to respond to and prosecute piracy and other maritime crimes.
• Identify procurement needs (goods and services) and support the full procurement cycle of the various options.

• Identify and support strategic engagements in support of national and regional partners that promote sound responses to maritime crime and security.

• Lead and guide external consultants, advisors, interact with government officials and other parties to ensure smooth programme implementation. Make project achievements known and identify areas of new assistance.

• Liaise with EU delegations in the region, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), as well as other key stakeholders relevant for the EU funded programming under the Atlantic Ocean portfolio, as well as ensure proper EU visibility related to programme implementation. Further liaise with key partners in the region including under the G7++ FoGG and foreign missions.

• Support the Head POCIV in the setup, fundraising and implementation of activities under the Centre of Excellence in Abidjan, particularly those related to maritime crime.

• Support ROSEN and POCIV initiatives, including by building synergies with UNODC law enforcement initiatives when elaborating country assessments, providing technical advice and designing new projects.

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


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to combating crime and in particular countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as specific technical knowledge relevant to maritime law enforcement and related areas. Has demonstrated knowledge of policies, procedures, and best practice as they relate to maritime law enforcement issues. Has ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has ability 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.

• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in in law, criminology, law enforcement, management or relevant social or political area with significant focus on international maritime law, maritime security policy or criminal justice in a maritime context 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 experience in criminal justice, law or law enforcement is required.

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

Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.

Work experience in a counter-maritime crime context is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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.

Abidjan is classified in the B 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.

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