Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 14 October 2022 - 12 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-191799-R-Vienna (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 Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB). Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and substantive guidance of the Chief, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section and designated senior staff, and the overall guidance of the Chief of OCB.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Support the management, coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the Global Programmes managed by the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants.
• Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of the HTMSS’ Global Programmes. Monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation. Identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions. Identify and assess technical assistance strategies of donors active in anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling initiatives.
• Coordinate activities related to budget and funding, including identifying donor priorities and funding opportunities, drafting funding proposals accordingly, following up with the donors and relevant UNODC sections for the securing and use of funding, and coordinating timely periodic progress report to the donors and prepare related documents and reports to this effect.
• Participate in review, monitoring and evaluation events for projects against trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants, and contribute to the development and enhancement of monitoring tools for HTMSS.
• Support the implementation of the conclusions of the joint independent evaluation of the Global Programmes against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants, and provide guidance to HTMSS in putting into action the required changes.
• Assist in the recruitment and supervision of consultants and personnel, as required;
• Prepare technical presentations and background information on HTMSS’ Global Programmes and component activities, as required.
• Participate in the development and implementation, as assigned, of technical assistance projects and policy work, and their component activities, against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, with a special focus on criminal justice, especially law enforcement and prosecution.
• Provide substantive and technical expertise for the formulation, implementation and assessment of projects, including the collection and compilation of relevant background data and information.
• Assist in coordinating project implementation, by arranging assistance delivery and procurement in line with UN rules and regulations.
• Prepare periodic project progress reports, undertake project and budget revisions, and undertake project monitoring and evaluation, as relevant.
• Undertake associated desk research and assessment missions.
• Cooperate and coordinate with the field offices and other relevant entities and advise UNODC field offices on implementation arrangements, potential partners and detailed specifications for projects against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.
• Promote, in general, the work of UNODC against human trafficking and migrant smuggling within the overall framework of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
• Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has good knowledge and specialization in the field of programme development and management with a focus on criminal justice and/or rule of law. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, approaches, policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice, including organized crime, human trafficking and/or migrant smuggling, as well as 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. Is able to apply judgement 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.
• 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.
• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, management, law, criminal law, criminology, social science, international relations, political science, or related area 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience in project or programme management, administration or related area at national and international levels is required.

Work experience in international criminal justice matters including project formulation, implementation and monitoring is desirable.

Work experience in international development cooperation is desirable.

Work experience with developing countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official languages 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

Vienna is classified as a H 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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