Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 28 April 2017 - 27 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-78108-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 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.

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located at the UNODC Country Office in Afghanistan, Kabul. The Programme Officer will report directly to the UNODC Senior Programme Officer - Alternative Development and Health. The focus of this job is to provide support to and coordination of the day-to-day implementation of UNODC strategies, policies and programme activities in connection with the Alternative Development (AD) component of the Country Programme in Afghanistan.

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

• Ensure close coordination of on-going and planned activities under the Alternative Development (AD) portfolio, such as on agriculture value chains, enterprise development, income generating activities, market linkages etc. and update the Senior Programme Officer (SPO) on developments.

• Prepare technical reports and support the national AD team in preparing project documents, donor reports, presentations and other relevant material.

• Work in close coordination with the National Programme Coordinator for project implementation and tracking the project progress.

• Develop and maintain close working relations with implementing partners, Government counterparts and other UN agencies, AD working group and other forums that UNODC is part of.

• 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.

• Identify, recommend and develop new Programme areas.

• Ensure timely and high-quality reporting on all programme activities.

• Coordinate the work of and guide project staff, foster team-work and communication among staff.

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

• Participate in meetings and conferences related to the counter-narcotics mandate of UNODC.

• Perform other work related tasks, as assigned.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices relating to counter-narcotics and alternative development, in particular agriculture value chains, enterprise development, income-generating programmes, livelihoods etc. and awareness of the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good research and analytical skills and is able to liaise and advocate with key stakeholders and other implementing partners. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Is able to write technical reports and reviews and to conduct presentations by clearly formulating position on issued and defending recommendations. Has political and cultural sensitivity and readiness to work in an environment of insecurity. 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 international development, public administration, economics, political sciences, social sciences or a related academic area 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 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in project/programme management is required, with at least two years in the field of alternative development, counter-narcotics or livelihoods. Experience in programme planning, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing interrelationships among international organizations and national governments is required. Work experience in Afghanistan and/or in other post-conflict countries is desirable. 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.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise including a 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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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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