Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Global Maritime Crime Programme, Indian Ocean West), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: CAPE TOWN
Posting Period: 18 April 2023 - 02 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-206742-F-Cape Town (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 Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with duty station Cape Town, South Africa. The Programme Coordinator (GMCP, Indian Ocean West) will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer heading GMCP, and the overall guidance ROSAF and the UNODC Regional Representative for Southern Africa (ROSAF).

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Coordinator (GMCP, IOW) will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of activities as set out in the UNODC GMCP and its Indian Ocean West Sub programme (IOW). This is a UNODC Programme to increase global and regional capacities to plan, train for, and respond to maritime crime, and conduct maritime law enforcement capacity building. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Plan, organize, manage, coordinate, implement and monitor the programme strategies and activities as outlined in Projects GLOX99 and GLOW63 IOW, and other relevant projects under the GMCP.

• Manage human and financial resources allocated to GLOX99 and GLOW63 and other relevant projects under the GMCP, with focus on the Indian Ocean West portfolio.

• Coordinate the work of and guide programme staff, external consultants, interact with government officials and other parties.

• Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks. Prepare inputs for budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management. Identify procurement needs (goods and services).

• Identify technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capability of maritime law enforcement authorities with enhanced regional information sharing mechanism to counter maritime crime both regionally and globally.

• Conduct field missions to regional states and globally to assess their capacity to counter maritime crime.

• Organize and deliver specialized training for national officials involved in responding to maritime crime and conducting maritime law enforcement.

• Organize and attend meetings, trainings, conferences, and workshops. Liaise with identified partner universities, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges involved in countering maritime crime. Liaise with donors, development partners and other stakeholders. Make programme achievements known and identify areas of new assistance.

• Monitor expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Programme and ensure compliance with UN financial rules and regulations, initiate project/programme and/or budget revisions, as required.

• Serve as lead substantive officer for the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of references and other related project documentation on maritime crime.

• Review and appraise best practices and programmes to counter maritime crime, promote them among relevant stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general. Pilot-test promising practices through the design and implementation of special programmes and projects, summarize experience from pilot projects.

• Prepare written outputs, e.g. briefing notes, sections of UN/UNODC reports, ensure quality inputs to publications, website, etc.

• Conceptualize and prepare substantive narrative reports.

• 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 combating crime and in particular countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as specific technical knowledge relevant to criminal justice, 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, analyze 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 knowledge of using 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. Has ability to analyse 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.

• 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.

• 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in justice, law, criminology, business administration, information management or other relevant social or political area with adequate focus on law enforcement issues, 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 a relevant military or naval service, law enforcement, or in the fields of crime prevention, criminal justice and/or programme management as they relate to maritime law enforcement is required.

Work experience in international cooperation in the maritime area including participation in joint military operations and maritime law enforcement is required.

Solid work experience in planning, training and in operational roles is required.

Work experience in project/programme elaboration, implementation and monitoring is required.

Work experience in planning, training, conducting, and assessing maritime law enforcement operations is desirable.

Work experience with conflict and post conflict countries 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 official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

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.

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 and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Cape Town is classified as a “A” category and a 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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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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