Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Sustainable Livelihoods Unit
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 03 February 2016 - 03 March 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-54734-R-Vienna (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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 is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

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.

Vienna is classified an H and a family duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Sustainable Livelihoods Unit (SLU), Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB), Division for Operations (DO) at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of DHB.

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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Manage, supervise and coordinate the work carried out by Unit in the substantive areas of alternative development, livelihoods, environmental conservation, wildlife, fisheries and forest crime/environmental crime;

•Lead and direct the development, implementation and evaluation of UNODC policies, global programmes, projects, operations and activities in the beneficiary countries in the areas of alternative development, livelihoods, environmental conservation, wildlife, fisheries and forest crime/environmental crime aimed at assisting Member States, governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations as well as other interested parties in the development and improvement of their national, regional, inter-regional and global development oriented drug control and crime prevention related policies, strategies and capacities;

•As Chief, lead and manage UNODC’s Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime;

•Service the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) through the drafting of reports, oral presentations and other support as required;

•Formulate and monitor the implementation of the work plan of the Unit, oversee and coordinate programme and staff performance and reporting;

•Lead UNODC collaborative work within the framework of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (UNODC, World Bank, CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, World Customs Organization);

•Coordinate Unit work with other UNODC Branches/Sections/Units, with other UN Agencies and relevant stakeholders;

•Oversee and contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analyses, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;

•Lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and prepare mission reports, etc.

•Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensure preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) for all projects/programmes under the Unit’s purview;

•Manage outreach activities;

•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime and drug 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 knowledge and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has professional competence in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution. Demonstrates ability to provide effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues and to negotiate and resolve issues/problems with counterparts and cooperating institutions. Has ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. Is able to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Has sound programme management skills including knowledge of relevant United Nations rules and regulations. 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.

•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

•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 business administration, economics, international relations, law, social science, political science, public administration, or related field 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in developing, managing and implementing technical assistance programmes, including at the international level, in areas relevant to UNODC's mandates, such as drug control, crime prevention, justice, security sector, rule of law, governance, international development, public administration, social development is required. Proven ability to lead and manage a team in an international setting is required. Field experience with the United Nations or equivalent organizations is highly desirable, as well as experience with regard to the issues of alternative development and/or wildlife and forest crime. Proven ability to negotiate and build partnerships for technical cooperation is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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