Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, NOC
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BRIDGETOWN
Posting Period: 09 May 2023 - 07 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UNODC-208299-R-Bridgetown (N)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the UNODC Programme Office in Barbados (POBAR) with duty station in Bridgetown, Barbados, Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama City, Panama, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the AIRCOP Global Coordinator and the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative based in Panama City.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for coordinating operational issues related to the implementation of AIRCOP activities in the Caribbean Community CARICOM Region, as well as other key duties as assigned by the UNODC Regional Representative.

The Programme Management Officer will be responsible for contributing to the implementation of the AIRCOP Project in beneficiary CARICOM Member States to support authorities in the fight against all forms of trafficking by air, specifically on targeting of illicit cargo and high-risk passengers, threat analysis and use of secure law enforcement communication tools.
The Programme Management Officer will provide support to expanding and consolidating the implementation of the AIRCOP Programme in in the Region, as well as support when required in Latin America. The post will also support the implementation of programmes under Border Management Branch and ROPAN as required. The incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

o Coordinate the planning, organization, implementation and monitoring of the AIRCOP Programme activities and strategies in the Caribbean region.

o Participate in the development, implementation, evaluation and in depth substantive review of the AIRCOP programme, identify problems and issues to be addressed, prepare risk analysis and propose evaluation frameworks including logical results/frameworks models, targets and indicators of achievement. Ensure programmatic and financial delivery of assigned programme and activities.

o Coordinate and liaise closely with counterparts and stakeholders on the programme implementation and build partnerships and secure national counterparts’ project buy-in for effective programme implementation.

o Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, and opportunities to expand programming activities.

o Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, plans and carry out consultative meetings, trainings, conferences and workshops related to the programme implementation, including preparing and delivering presentations.

o Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, lead the process of ensuring quality inputs to publications, website and other reports.

o Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, quarterly narrative reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports.

o Manage and coordinate assigned programme staff engaged in the implementation of AIRCOP activities, manage recruitment and performance of external consultants and support other HR related matters.

o Actively pursue the identification of funding possibilities for the AIRCOP Programme, including the preparation and delivery of donor briefings, concept notes and proposals.

o Promote strong relationships between AIRCOP and the IMPACS Joint Regional Communication Centre and ensure keen cooperation between AIRCOP JAITFs and the APIS and ACIS systems
o Promote alignment between AIRCOP and other UNODC Border Management global programmes and other UNODC programmes.

o 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.

o Ensure that requirements, background information used for data analysis are documented.

o Perform other duties as required and assigned by the AIRCOP Global Coordinator and the UNODC Regional Representative, including participation in UNCTs, supports performing duties of Travel Processing Officer on behalf of ROPAN


Professionalism: Has demonstrated professional competence and expert knowledge as well as understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, border control and management matters, to detect and intercept drugs, other illicit goods and high-risk passengers, including foreign terrorist fighters, in origin, transit and destination countries and relevant BMB Global Programmes. Has demonstrated knowledge of international law and/or criminal justice, law enforcement and crime prevention policies as they relate to organized crime issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, as well as the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, social sciences, police administration, customs, business or public administration or relevant social or political area with significant focus on international criminal law matters, international security policy, criminal justice and/or 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 five years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience of which at least three years at the international level, in one or several of the following areas is required: law enforcement, border management, trade supply chain security, maritime law, prosecution, criminal justice in the area of organized crime, drug trafficking and crimes that affect the environment.

Work experience in programme management and planning, preparing project budgets and project implementation is required.

Work experience in planning and/or conducting law enforcement operations and facilitating training is desirable.

Experience in designing and delivering training in the area of border management is desirable.

Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organizations is desirable.

Relevant experience in the field is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. 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

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.

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

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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