Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Reporting and Project Development), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 18 May 2017 - 16 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-78818-R-Cairo (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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), based in Cairo. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo, and the direct supervision of the Head of the Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit (PCAU), located in ROMENA.

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The incumbent will be responsible for reporting matters within the Regional Office and perform the following specific duties:
•Maintain a current knowledge of substantive and operational developments in all UNODC mandate areas and related trends at the national and regional levels;

•Coordinate and guide the work of the UNV Reporting Officer, and national/international consultants/experts, as required;

•Ensure that the highest quality standards are applied in all project progress reports and evaluations, donor reports, and office reports by acting as quality assurance and evaluation focal point;

•Coordinate internal consultations for the drafting of ROMENA quarterly reports, annual workplans and annual Regional Programme progress reports;

•Act as ROMENA focal point for the Office’s contributions to UNODC and UN publications such as UNODC World Drug Report, INCB annual report, Reports of the UN Secretary-General, etc.;

•Conduct background research on topics assigned (all UNODC mandate areas) and support ROMENA staff in the drafting of proposals;

•When required, participate in assessment missions and undertake missions to UNODC Programme Offices in order to support the development of project proposals of particular significance;

•Liaise with Headquarters substantive Sections to request their input to project proposals/concept notes, and review logical frameworks in light of the UNODC quality standards;

•Develop templates for concept notes and provide advice to staff for project development and budgeting best practices;

•Draft talking points and background notes for ROMENA management for missions/meetings with external counterparts;

•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal justice and judicial systems. Has knowledge of policies and practices related to the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good drafting and written communications skills. Has very good research, conceptual analytical and evaluative skills. Is able to identify key issues, opportunities and risks and to analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, demonstrating diplomatic skills. Is able to provide sound technical advice, apply good judgment, manage conflicting priorities as well as oversee and coordinate operations. 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

•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.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, security studies, international development, social sciences or related fields 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 professional and practical experience in project management and/or reporting, with at least two years in crime prevention and criminal justice related area is required. International experience or previous involvement in the functioning of criminal justice systems is desirable. Working experience in the Arab region is also desirable. Experience in the implementation, management, and monitoring of technical assistance projects is desirable. Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization and with United Nations policies, guidelines and procedures 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. Excellent drafting skills in English are required. Fluency in Arabic 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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