Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (PROJUST Area, Vulnerable Populations), NOC
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 28 December 2022 - 26 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNODC-198235-R-Bogota (N)
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 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) in Colombia. The Programme Officer (PROJUST Area, Vulnerable Populations) will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator of the Crime Prevention and Justice Programme (PROJUST).

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The focus of this job is to analyze political, social and economic trends and to provide substantive support to the formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within the Pilar of Vulnerable populations of PROJUST, ensuring that they are properly implemented as well as guaranteeing UNODC´s core principles of transparency, efficiency and quality in general:
Within limits of assigned authority, the Programme Officer (PROJUST Area, Vulnerable Populations) will perform the following specific duties:

• Provide expert input and advise to and monitor the implementation of activities and their effectiveness, i.e. the project strategy, management arrangements, deliverables, etc.
• Coordinate the managing of human and financial resources of the programme, ensure effective utilization, supervision and development of staff.
• Measure the effect of the activities that have been undertaken, and their progress towards achieving the project purpose and monitoring progress towards impact.
• Provide support to the evaluation of programme effectiveness, benchmark results and manage knowledge management for continuous improvement of PROJUST strategies in juvenile delinquency prevention.
• Identify learning and training opportunities for staff and partners in relation to crime prevention, differential approaches and justice systems.
• Manage programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the programme/projects and teams, including preparation of budgets, performance parameters and indicators, policy and operational objectives, budget and programme performance reports, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, etc.; ensure preparation of related documents/reports (work programme, programme budget, etc.) in a timely and efficient manner.
• Contribute to the development of a resource mobilization strategy and build partnerships that promote long-term involvement and financial, in-kind support and resources by donors, public and private sector donors to support the Pilar.
• Provide substantive support to the design and management of the strategic planning of the Pillar to develop innovative strategies for crime prevention and gender mainstreaming in the country's justice systems.
• Contribute to the development of systems for monitoring, follow-up and evaluation of projects to increase the impact of programmes. Keep abreast of best practices and new policies in the Pillar themes.
• Support, organize and participate in advocacy meetings, round-tables, training workshops and other meetings
• Liaise on substantive issues with counterparts, both in the city of Bogota and in the suboffices, and with officials of other organizations and specialized agencies.
• Perform other work-related duties, as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the delivery of technical assistance in post-conflict settings. Has knowledge of the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good research and analytical skills. Has very good knowledge on crime prevention with youth; restorative, transitional and community justice. Has knowledge of the country's internal armed conflict, and of victims or demobilized members of illegal armed groups. Has knowledge of differentiated approaches to gender, ethnicity and disability. 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.

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.

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.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social science, law, criminology and/or victimology or 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.

Work experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of citizen security or justice projects is desirable.

Work experience in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and 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

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

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.

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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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