Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 16 June 2017 - 15 July 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-80264-R-Dakar (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

The position is located in the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa and the substantive guidance of the Chief of the Implementation Support Section II, Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) and the Chief of TPB.

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The incumbent will be responsible to provide specialized substantive expertise for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNODC technical assistance programmes in strengthening the legal regime and Law Enforcement knowledge against terrorism in West and Central Africa. Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) will be responsible for the following tasks:

• Identify/review needs and priorities for technical assistance in close cooperation with national counterparts and in line with international/regional Counter-Terrorism strategies. Undertake programme management and coordination pertaining to the technical assistance activities. Provide policy and programming input for overall planning and implementation. Prepare project ideas or project proposals.

• Plan and implement a complex set of interrelated legal substantive and organizational activities for the implementation of technical assistance activities within the framework of the global project “Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism”, and in line with the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa, 2016-2020 and subsequent Sub regional strategies such as the UNODC Contribution to the Integrated United Nations Strategy for the Sahel Region (also known as the UNODC Sahel Programme).

• Identify, conceptualize, propose, design and carry-out substantive legal, law enforcement and other assistance to enable the strengthening of the legal regime and law enforcement knowledge against terrorism in West and Central Africa. Promote inter-regional cooperation, such as between Sahel and Maghreb countries, for fostering regional judicial cooperation and sharing counter-terrorism best practices. Identify and develop technical assistance tools to facilitate regional judicial cooperation in the region, and in particular within the framework of the Sahel Judicial Cooperation Platform.

• Plan and prepare specialized technical documents (policy recommendations, technical briefings, programmatic reports, etc.) related to the prevention and suppression of terrorism in West and Central Africa.

• Conceptualize, prepare, conduct and guide the national and regional training and knowledge-building workshops, legislative assistance workshops, policy-oriented seminars, law enforcement workshops and other technical assistance activities and initiatives in support of the countries covered by the Regional Office.

• Provide policy and programming advice for enhancing regional judicial cooperation. Identify gaps in national legislation and support in taking national measures for the ratification and implementation of the international instruments. Undertake and lead consultations with officials of governments and regional/international organizations and funding institutions. Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide substantive expertise on specific issues.

• Plan, coordinate and provide leadership for the work of the Terrorism Prevention Team in the Regional Office. Supervise and guide team staff members as assigned. Lead the development, implementation and coordination of programme initiatives. Develop programme proposal, participate in resource mobilization and maintain working level close liaison with field-based officials of donor countries and institutions. Lead and contribute to resources planning and financial management.

• Ensure close coordination and synergies of the Terrorism Prevention Team’s work with other areas of work of the Regional Office. Work in close cooperation with the ROSEN Programme Officer on Research to assess the terrorism threats in the region and provide inputs to surveys, researches, reports, publications when required.Support and assist, as required, other relevant UNODC projects in the region.

• Carry-out other work related tasks as assigned.


Has demonstrated professional competence and expertise in the criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention and closely related crime prevention and criminal justice issues, especially with respect to the legislative, judiciary, rule of law, law enforcement, international cooperation aspects. Has demonstrated competence and expertise in planning, coordinating and conducting technical assistance activities (especially: needs analysis, programme conceptualization and write-up; programme coordination, liaison and reporting;). Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and of the major initiatives of the international community in terrorism prevention. Has sound analytical skills and ability to identify problems and contribute to problem-solving. Has practical experience in programme/project management and administration. Has good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows proven cross-cultural and gender sensitivity. Has good interpersonal and communication skills, as well as managerial and diplomatic abilities. 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, in international law or criminal law, international relations or closely related field is required. Specialization in legal and related aspects of terrorism prevention and their international dimensions is highly desirable. 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 relevant progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice matters, preferably with a focus on terrorism, rule of law or closely related issues is required. Experience in policy and programme advising in counterterrorism or a directly related field, including on national legislation is required. Work experience in technical assistance activities, including project management is highly desirable. Working experience in Africa, particularly West and Central Africa is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another United Nations 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

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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