Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Drug Prevention and Treatment Expert), P3
Job Code Title: DRUG CONTROL AND CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: ABUJA
Posting Period: 16 August 2017 - 14 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-82713-R-Abuja (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.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Abuja is classified as a C and a family duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), in Abuja. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa based in Dakar (Senegal), and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator of the project “Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on illicit drug trafficking, organized crime related to it and drug abuse in West Africa” based in Abuja. The incumbent will receive substantive guidance from the Chief, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section in Vienna and work closely with officers in the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) in Dakar, Senegal. Administratively, the staff member will be under the overall responsibility of CONIG.

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Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Drug Prevention and Treatment Expert) will perform the following specific duties:

• In close consultation with relevant UNODC staff at both Headquarters and the field, design, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate all assigned activities, related to the prevention of drug use and the treatment and care of drug use disorders, to be conducted within the framework of the project “Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on illicit drug trafficking, organized crime related to it and drug abuse in West Africa”.

• Provide substantive support and advice to the ECOWAS Drug Unit with regard to project/programme development, monitoring and evaluation in the area of drug prevention, treatment and care technical assistance and service delivery. Provide substantive assistance also within the framework of the Drug Unit’s regular activities.

• Develop and maintain a substantive dialogue with and between national counterpart governments on project activities and expected outcomes.

• Prepare specialized materials, operational documents and technical publications to facilitate the implementation of parts of the project assigned.

• Lead and/or participate in assessment missions, including the provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and draft mission summaries.

• Organize and facilitate national and regional training workshops, study tours, etc.

• Contribute to all substantive and financial reports linked to the implementation of the parts of the project assigned, in particular quarterly, semi-annual and annual project progress reports, annual financial reports, etc.

• Prepare/review all correspondence linked to the implementation of parts of the project assigned.

• Participate in the recruitment of personnel required for the implementation of the project by participating in panel interviews, by evaluating candidates' applications and qualifications, by drafting/finalizing substantive recommendations and reports for submission to HRMS and/or Central Review bodies, by drafting terms of reference/job descriptions, etc.

• Perform other work related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug control and crime prevention, specifically as relates to drug prevention, treatment and care. Has good knowledge of the institutional and scientific aspects of preventing drug use and treating and care for people with drug use disorders. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is familiar with evidence-based interventions and policies, training curricula development, medical treatment protocols, international cooperation mechanisms, as well as with programme planning and implementation. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Is able 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.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues and the national authorities 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.

• 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in health, public health, education, psychology, social science or in any other relevant discipline, 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 progressively responsible professional experience in managing drug prevention and/or treatment programmes at national and international level is required. Experience in developing, managing and monitoring projects is required. Experience in coordinating and leading a team is desirable. Experience in working with UN programme policies, guidelines and procedures in drug prevention and/or treatment as well as with project management tools is desirable. Work experience in a United Nations field office, particularly in West Africa, is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French, with proven drafting and communication skills, is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese is an asset. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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