Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Programme Officer (Alternative Development and Health)
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 23 September 2016 - 22 October 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-66911-R-Kabul (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.

Kabul is classified an E and a non-family duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Country Office in Afghanistan (COAFG) in Kabul. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Representative in COAFG and/or his designated official. The incumbent will act as the specialist of the COAFG alternative development (AD) programme/team, coordinator of health programme/team and as manager of Sub Programme 3 of the Country Programme for Afghanistan (2016-2019) on AD and Health.

The alternative development and health teams at present consist of approximately 40 staff in Kabul and five regional provincial offices located in Faizabad, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar.

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

•Lead the Sub Programme 3 (AD and Health) team in strategic planning and identify new project areas while ensuring consistency with the UNDAF (United Nations Development Assistance Framework) and other UNODC priorities and strategies, and respond to emerging challenges and opportunities related to AD and Health;

•Ensure the strategic direction and management of the Alternative Development and Health Programme;

•Act as an advisor to senior management of COAFG and UNODC on strategic and programmatic issues related to all aspects of Alternative Development and Health including provincial outreach matters;

•Provide high quality technical advice to senior Government officials in Afghanistan on all aspects of counter narcotics, livelihood and health related matters including the Ministry of Counter Narcotics, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitating Development as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock;

•Develop and maintain close working relations with partners, including donors, and other external institutions, as appropriate; Coordinate AD and counter-narcotics capacity building and livelihood efforts among international partners with a view to ensure an integrated approach to development and liaise closely with organisations and diplomatic missions in the formulation and communication of counter narcotics and livelihood policy and strategy;

•Ensure consistency in all Programme activities with the Afghanistan National Priority Programmes (NPPs), the National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS) and associated policies, the UNDAF and other UNODC priorities and strategies; identify synergies and common needs and opportunities for action;

•Manage related programme/projects, including the continued monitoring of implementation and ensuring compliance with UNODC standards and procedures; carry out strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme/projects in consultation with the operations team;

•Identify and develop new programme areas;

•Ensure timely and high quality reporting on all programme activities;

•Oversee and plan the work and guide project staff, foster team-work and communication among staff;

•Undertake travel/missions both within Afghanistan and to other countries;

•Participate at high-level meetings and conferences related to the counter narcotics mandate of UNODC;

•Carry out other work related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has in-depth substantive and technical knowledge and expertise in overall counter narcotics issues including alternative development and health related issues. Has proven conceptual and analytical skills that lead to the formulation of policies, programmes, strategies and recommendations. Is able to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Is able to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Is able to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Has demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. 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.

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

Planning & 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.

Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international development, public administration, economics, political sciences, social sciences or a related academic 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 10 years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management in the field of counter narcotics, livelihoods and/or alternative development and with experience in developing countries is required. Experience in providing advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organizations and national governments is required. Political and cultural sensitivity and readiness to work in an environment of insecurity as well as awareness of living and working conditions in Afghanistan through past experience in the region and/or in other post-conflict countries is required. Exposure to drug control related areas (e.g. illicit crop monitoring and alternative livelihoods) and/or governance issues in a post conflict environment is desirable. Work experience in the Afghanistan context is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.


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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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