Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme, Indian Ocean West), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 19 April 2023 - 18 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-206648-R-Mogadishu (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 within the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) in the Programme Office in Somalia (POSOM), Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Mogadishu, Somalia. GMCP operates under the Border Management Branch (BMB), Division for Operations (DO) of UNODC. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the Senior Programme Officer heading GMCP and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, GMCP, Indian Ocean West (IOW). The work will be carried out in close coordination with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME), the Border Management Branch and relevant Regional Sections and substantive units at UNODC headquarters, as well as relevant field offices, including the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA).

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (GMCP, IOW) will contribute to the implementation of activities being carried out in Somalia under IOW as set out in UNODC GMCP sub-programmes, which aim to increase regional capacities to plan, train for, and respond to maritime transnational organized crime and conduct maritime law enforcement. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Contribute to the planning, organization, implementation and monitoring of the UNODC GMCP support activities to enhance maritime law enforcement capabilities for interdictions and investigations in Somalia and the wider Indian Ocean dealing with maritime crime matters; including assessments, course development, infrastructural and equipment support, workshops, training and mentoring, and logistical matters associated with project implementation. Provide direct support in implementing GMCP activities specific to maritime law enforcement and to enhance cross regional information sharing to tackle maritime crimes, including responding to specific monitoring and evaluation requirements by the donors.
• Contribute to conducting assessment and review of existing maritime law enforcement and information sharing capabilities to counter all forms of maritime crime, including maritime terrorism, to better inform the delivery of targeted interventions.
• Support the Programme Coordinator for the Indian Ocean West to establish inter agency coordination and information sharing mechanism through the GMCP activities focusing on, but not limited to, fisheries enforcement in support to Somali authorities with the close coordination with national, regional, and international stakeholders including UN mission and UN agencies.
• Supervise the daily work of administrative personnel based in the several field offices involved in implementing GLOX99/GLOW63 and report all updates including staff welfare and safety to the Programme Coordinator for the Indian Ocean West Team of UNODC GMCP; support the recruitment process of international and local staff as required.
• Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis and studies, donor reports, inputs to publications on maritime security and relevant field of criminal justice in sections of various UN reports and other reports.
• Engage with and build networks of national and regional counterparts as well as international partners working within the maritime domain in Somalia as the UN focal point for Criminal Justice work in collaboration of the Somali national authorities in accordance with the Somalia National Development Plan 2020-2024.
• Coordinate activities and monitor on an ongoing basis all project expenditures related to activities under GLOX99/GLOW63 and ensure robust financial mechanisms are developed to adhere to compliance with United Nations (UN) financial rules and regulations; provide input to project and/or budget revisions when required.
• Ensure the timely implementation and monitoring of project results and impact achieved stipulated in the donor agreements.
• Participate actively for UNODC in relevant local stakeholder meetings, United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Senior Management coordination meeting of UN missions and administrative/ financial/operations networks if assigned to.
• Participate in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, among other relevant documentations.
• Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Participate in needs assessment, programming, and other technical missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions (IFIs), UN agencies, non-governmental and/or civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs).
• Assist the Programme Coordinator for the Indian Ocean West, Global Maritime Crime Programme, in identifying and implementing maximum strategic visibility for project counterparts, donors/partners and UNODC.
• Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, in particular to countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, in particular maritime crime/piracy, as well as the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 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. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.
• 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.
• 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, programme management, business administration or related 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience in national/international project management or project administration in criminal justice, law enforcement, border management, international security or related area, including programme development and fundraising, is required.

Work experience in international cooperation and capacity building programmes in maritime law enforcement operations is required.

Work experience to support regional or cross regional information sharing for law enforcement agencies or maritime domain awareness is desirable.

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

Work experience in the fight against international crime is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. 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 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 will be subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the 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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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.

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.

Mogadishu is classified in the E category (non-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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