Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Airport Communication Project, Container Control Programme, Global Maritime Crime Programme), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Posting Period: 12 May 2023 - 18 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-208821-J-Santo Domingo (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 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, operating under the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN) located in Panama City, Panama. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Representative, ROPAN, and the substantive guidance of the Senior Programme Coordinators of the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) (GLOBA1), the Container Control Programme (CCP) (GLOG80) and the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) (GLOW63, GLOX99, GLOZ06) of the Division for Operations, Border Management Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Panama City, Panama, Istanbul, Türkiye, and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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The main focus of this position is to develop programme opportunities and implement programme activities of the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), the Container Control Programme (CCP) and the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) in Dominican Republic and Haiti, in accordance with UNODC rules and regulations.
The incumbent will in particular perform the following specific tasks:
• Implementation of the Border Management activities.
• Organize and support the implementation of programme/project strategies and activities, provide technical inputs to the implementation of the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), the Container Control Programme (CCP) and the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) in Dominican Republic and Haiti.
• Establish project work plans, budget and terms of reference and cooperate with the Government in the implementation and monitoring of the project activities, including recruitment of project staff, procurement related matters, development and delivery of training courses, seminars, workshops and meetings.
• Monitor and analyse programme development and implementation; review and prepare relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions.
• Lead and/or participate in large field missions including assessment missions and conduct technical survey visits to project sites in order to assess needs, oversee implementation and assess the efficiency of resources used.
• Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs such as background papers, correspondence with counterparts, reports, working documents, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy proposals and documents, studies and summary reports, memoranda of understanding (MOU).
• Contribute to mobilizing policy and funding support for the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), the Container Control Programme (CCP) and the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), including extra-budgetary voluntary contributions and building support for cost-sharing contributions from the Government and identifying other funding sources, including the private sector, for UNODC projects and activities.
• Organize and participate as a resource person in technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, advocacy meetings, roundtables, workshops, training and other relevant meetings related to the specific area.
• Monitor current developments of national measures against illicit drug trafficking in Dominican Republic and Haiti; identify and prioritize border management requirements and training needs.
• Monitor the project budget for the Dominican Republic and Haiti segment, ensure delivery of timely budget revisions and reporting on programme activities/expenditures. Validate the supply of equipment and other project deliveries and monitor the project’s expenditures. Jointly with the project staff prepare all necessary project progress reports and project implementation/delivery reports.
• Coordinate, train and guide the work of project personnel. Identify consultancy needs, develop terms of reference for the proposed consultancies and assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of consultants.
• Together with other projects in the field of border control and supply reduction, coordinate activities within the projects with related activities implemented by other bi- and multilateral partners in the region.
• Participate in the drafting of funding proposals and concept notes, and liaise with donor countries, and all relevant stakeholders in Dominican Republic and Haiti, including through overseeing and coordination of reporting requirements;
• Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandates especially as relates to organized crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention as well as the mandates of UNODC, in particular law enforcement and border control related issues. Has demonstrated ability to provide effective specialized advice on substantive and technical issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of economics, law, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement, 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 experience in project/programme management, organized crime, drug trafficking, law enforcement and/or rule of law, of which several years at the international level, is required.

Experience in the area of border including maritime, management, trade supply chain security or related is required.

Experience with resource mobilization is required.

Experience with the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable.

Experience with technical assistance delivery at the field level in the relevant region is desirable.

Experience in working with and in the private sector 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 French 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 temporary position is currently available for a period of four months. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations
Secretariat, the selection may be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Santo Domingo is classified in the A 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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