Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Global Maritime Crime Programme), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Posting Period: 28 April 2017 - 27 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-78120-P- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

•The United Nation Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the 2646 DRU (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer) roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field vacancies open only to roster members or other similar specific job openings. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO) with varied duty stations in West and Central Africa, such as Abuja, Nigeria and Libreville, Gabon, among others, under the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) in Dakar, Senegal. The Programme Coordinator (Global Maritime Crime Programme) will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer heading the Global Maritime Crime Programme, and the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative, ROSEN.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Coordinator (Global Maritime Crime Programme) will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of activities as set out in the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) and its Gulf of Guinea regional sub-programme. This is a UNODC Programme to increase global and regional capacities to plan, train for, and respond to maritime crime, and conduct maritime law enforcement.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Plan, organize, manage, coordinate, implement and monitor the projects in the Gulf of Guinea, with main focus on EU regional projects, and other relevant projects under the Global Maritime Crime Programme.

•Manage human and financial resources allocated to the projects in the Gulf of Guinea, with main focus on EU regional projects, and other relevant projects under the Global Maritime Crime Programme, coordinate the work of and guide programme staff, external consultants, interact with government officials, regional organizations and other parties. Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks. Prepare inputs for budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management. Prepare and disseminate costed work plans, terms of references and other related project documentation on maritime crime. Identify procurement needs (goods and services).

•Identify technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of criminal justice and maritime law enforcement authorities both regionally and globally to counter maritime crime. Conduct field missions to regional states and globally to assess their capacity to counter maritime crime.

•Draft and review amendments to maritime legislation, and maritime strategies.

•Organize and deliver specialized training for national and regional officials involved in responding to maritime crime and conducting maritime law enforcement.

•Organize and attend meetings, trainings, conferences, and workshops. Liaise with identified partner agencies, for law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges involved in countering maritime crime. Liaising with donors, development partners and other stakeholders. Make programme achievements known and identify areas of new assistance.

•Monitor expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Programme and ensure compliance with UN financial rules and regulations, initiate project/programme and/or budget revisions as required.

•Review and appraise best practices and programmes to counter maritime crime; promote them among relevant stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general; pilot-test promising practices through the design and implementation of special programmes and projects; summarize experience from pilot projects.

•Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation. Prepare written outputs, e.g. briefing notes, sections of UN/UNODC reports, ensure quality inputs to publications, website, etc.

•Perform any other work related duties as required/assigned.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to combating crime and in particular countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as specific technical knowledge relevant to criminal justice, law enforcement and related areas. Has demonstrated knowledge of policies, procedures, and best practice as they relate to maritime law enforcement issues. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work 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.

•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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in justice, law, criminology, business administration, operational management or other relevant social or political area with adequate focus on legal and 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in criminal justice, including extensive experience in maritime law, maritime law enforcement or naval operations, in an international environment, is required. Work experience in planning, training, conducting, and assessing maritime legislation and maritime law enforcement operations is highly desirable. Working experience in or on West and Central Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, as well as experience in working with conflict and post conflict countries is highly desirable. Programme management experience and experience in programme planning, preparing project budgets and project implementation is desirable. Working experience with governmental or intergovernmental law enforcement institutions is desirable. Experience in designing and delivering training in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is an asset. Knowledge of another official United Nations language 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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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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