Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Head of Programme Office in Burkina Faso), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Posting Period: 31 October 2022 - 29 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-193646-R-Ouagadougou (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 in the Programme Office in Burkina Faso (POBFA) of the Regional Office for Central and Western Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative, ROSEN in Dakar, Senegal, and the additional guidance of the Chief of the Regional Section for Africa and Middle East (RSAME) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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Within delegated authority, the Programme Coordinator will act as the Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Burkina Faso and will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Represent UNODC’s position and interests in Burkina Faso and promote solid partnerships with Government’s institutions, civil society, the international and regional organization based in the country.
• In coordination with the Regional Office for Central and Western Africa (ROSEN) and within the framework of the Regional Programme for West Africa, the Sahel Programme, the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and country programmatic development documents, define programme objectives and manage the development, funding, and implementation of UNODC technical assistance and provision of policy advice in Burkina Faso.
• Represent UNODC within the UN Country Team and other relevant fora in Burkina Faso and build effective partnerships with UN entities, including joint programmes, ensuring that UNODC’s mandates are fully reflected in the wider programme of work and UN initiatives in the country.
• Build effective relationship with the Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso and other senior UN managers in the country.
• Ensure effective monitoring and collection of data on programme implementation, and contribute to national, regional and global efforts to show UNODC’s contribution to wider UN efforts and the Sustainable Development Goals.
• Act as focal point and monitor drug control, criminal justice, anti-corruption and terrorism prevention related information in the country and contribute, when needed, to internal and external reports and briefings on trends and developments.
• Identify areas for programme growth in Burkina Faso and develop and implement initiatives to broaden UNODC’s strategic engagement in the country.
• Develop and implement a resource mobilization strategy and build partnerships aimed at broadening the donor base, and promoting long-term involvement and financial, in-kind support and resources by national, regional and international public and private sector donors to support UNODC’s work in Burkina Faso.
• Promote a better understanding of the importance of drug control and crime prevention related matters, encourage increased priority attention to all aspects of drug control and crime prevention, and advocate the inclusion of these issues in government planning documents as well as in relevant programmes of other bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organizations.
• Lead UNODC advocacy and awareness raising efforts in Burkina Faso and contribute to such efforts at the regional and global level.
• In accordance with established policies and delegated authority manage the financial and human resources assigned to the Programme Office, ensuring appropriate coverage, guidance and supervision of staff and efficient and effective use of such resources.
• Ensure timely implementation and monitor the activities of the project related to the Implementation of the UNISS of UNODC engagement in Burkina Faso.
• Ensure that gender considerations are integrated in all UNODC strategies, programmes and activities in the country.
• Ensure and manage planning, programme management and coordination associated with the implementation of any programme component as per the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa, UNODC Sahel Programme and other UNODC global initiative, including oversight and supervision of the daily activities associated with the implementation of component activities in accordance with UNODC project management policies and guidelines.
• Prepare terms of reference for project/programme staff and consultants; recruit, train and coordinate the work of local support staff; identify consultancy needs, develop terms of reference for the proposed consultancies and participate in the identification, selection and recruitment process.
• Promote gender equality and geographic diversity within the team, and ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
• Manage implementation of corporate measures taken as a means to adapt to various streams of UN reform, taking into account local and regional adaption measures by other UN system entities.
• Ensure full substantive and operational coordination and coherence with UNODC operations in the West Africa region and support the Regional Representative in promoting and contributing to regional UN partnerships and initiatives.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug, corruption and terrorism related issues with good research and analytical skills. Has knowledge of policies and concepts of UN reform and their impact on field-based programme implementation. Is able to lead and coordinate efforts to develop and mobilize resources for strategic programme initiatives. Has up to-date knowledge of and practice with UN programme policies, guidelines and procedures. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. 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.

• Planning and 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.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

• Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political or social sciences, public or business administration, economics, law, international relations or similar fields 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 work experience in project or programme management relating to the control and prevention of drugs, crime, corruption and/or terrorism, in an international setting, is required.

Work experience in managing or coordinating office operations is required.

Work experience in promoting UN partnerships in the context of the UN reform is desirable.

Work experience in programme planning, monitoring and reporting is desirable.

Work experience in engaging and building partnerships with Government counterparts is desirable.

Work experience working with the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.

Work experience in Africa is desirable.


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


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

•Ouagadougou is classified in the C 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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