Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Criminal Justice System and Legal Reforms), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: ISLAMABAD
Posting Period: 11 May 2023 - 09 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-207899-R-Islamabad (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 UNODC Country Office in Pakistan (COPAK) with duty station in Islamabad, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Programme Coordinator (Criminal Justice System and Legal Reforms) will work under the direct supervision and policy guidance of the UNODC Country Representative in Pakistan. S/he will work in consultation with relevant UNODC Branches at headquarters Vienna, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officers in other UNODC Field Offices or Programmes, and other relevant stakeholders.

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The incumbent will be responsible for advising the Country Representative on strategic and operational direction and developments in criminal justice related matters in Pakistan and will be responsible for the management of programme implementation. Within delegated authority the Programme Coordinator (Criminal Justice and Legal Reforms) will undertake the following specific tasks:

• Plan, coordinate and lead the activities and the implementation of the Criminal Justice System and Legal Reforms Programme of COPAK’s Country Programme in the substantive areas of policing, prosecutions, prison, parole, probation, judiciary, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption in line with the UNODC strategy and in partnership with the national and international stakeholders.
• Ensure ongoing monitoring of Pakistan’s needs in criminal justice, rule of law and anti-corruption issues. Provide advisory services to and engage with government stakeholders to coordinate the delivery of UNODC outputs in partnership. Ensure regular policy consultation.
• Strengthen accountability, ability, and effectiveness of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), criminal justice, legal, and financial institutions to improve prosecution and adjudication processes, prison management and transformation, accountability against corruption, as well as international cooperation in implementing anti-money laundering strategies and frameworks.
• Provide technical inputs and advice and support where applicable to sub-programme 2 of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries in the areas of: rule of law; international/ regional cooperation in legal matters; anti-money laundering and asset recovery among other areas.
• Develop, implement and backstop programme and project activities.
• Coordinate ongoing and planned national interventions related to the programme. Provide technical advice and inputs to relevant stakeholders on UNODC initiatives in the country. Prepare project ideas or project proposals for programme activities.
• Implement Rule of Law project in Pakistan under the framework of criminal justice sub- programme.
• Advise and support the UNODC Country Representative in sourcing the expertise required for delivery of programme/project activities.
• Supervise the collection and analysis of information on criminal justice, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption issues in Pakistan.
• Supervise the team of programme officers, consultants, contractors and other associated staff. Develop work-plans required to deliver outputs and manage delegation of responsibilities within the team.
• Provide substantive and financial monitoring and reporting on programme/project implementation, report on progress and challenges. Prepare programme and budget reports and documents. Ensure that responsible financial management and project implementation comply with UNODC rules, regulations and standards.
• Engage with donor stakeholders to ensure that activities are coordinated with their plans and to take responsibility for donor reporting as requested by the UNODC Country Representative.
• Participate in the assessment and quality of initiatives of criminal justice, rule of law and anti-corruption (including anti-money laundering) initiatives in Pakistan and provide government counterparts with advice on improvements.
• Assess and review national legislative and regulatory regimes, training facilities, curricula and procedures in criminal justice, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption related institutions.
• Advise the UNODC Country Representative on the government’s relevant needs to identify opportunities for UNODC’s technical assistance, including in relation to resource mobilization.
• Prepare background papers and policy for and on behalf of the UNODC Country Representative and assess the practicality of draft policies presented by others.
• Lead complex field/regional missions including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc..
• 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 other work-related duties as may be required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has professional competence and knowledge in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution and is able to provide effective specialized advice on a broad range of technical assistance issues, negotiate and interact with governments and cooperating institutions. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills. Is able to apply judgment in the context of the assignment given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. Is able to develop work goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Is able to mentor counterparts and monitor progress against milestones and deadlines. Has ability to ensure the adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance matters. 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.

• 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.

• 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. Very good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.

• Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in law, criminology, business administration, public administration, political or social sciences, economics, 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 experience at the international level in the areas of crime prevention, criminal justice, prosecution, penal reform, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, law enforcement and / or related areas is required.

Work experience in project/programme planning and management in a relevant field at the national or international level is required.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Work experience within the United Nations system and/or similar international organizations, in particular in areas of programme policies, guidelines and procedures is desirable.

Work experience with counterparts in the field or work experience implementing projects in 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 language is an advantage.


Evaluations 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.

Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

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.

Islamabad 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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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