Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 02 August 2017 - 15 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-82969-R-Vienna (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This position is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding.

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.

Vienna is classified as H and a family duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:

• Provide substantive and backstopping support for assigned regional and national programmes as well as projects; work in close consultation with the UNODC Regional/Country/Programme Offices and contribute to the development and implementation of programmes in full compliance with the overall substantive and operational guidelines established by UNODC; be responsible for providing technical assistance and overseeing capacity-building programmes in the region under the framework of the respective Regional Programmes.

• Support the UNODC Regional/Country/Programme Offices in the implementation, monitoring and technical backstopping of global, regional and national ongoing/pipeline programmes, projects; monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation; draft programme/project proposals and review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; monitor substantive progress and results regional/country programmes and/or projects, through review of field office performance/progress reports.

• Assist in elaborating and appraising proposals for drug and crime programmes, sub-programmes and projects by participating in programme/project planning with Government officials and other partners; reviewing new proposals received from UNODC Regional/Country/Programme Offices for review/approval by UNODC headquarters; identifying/recommending funding possibilities.

• In close consultation with relevant Sections/Units conduct quality control and oversight reviews of all submissions originating from Africa and the Middle East region (e.g., project documents, revisions, subprogramme documents to be processed through the Direct approval workflow).

• Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.; prepare briefing notes and summary reports on the country/region for the Executive Director, senior management and senior official visitors to UNODC and for country and regional consultations with donors, as well as for other major UNODC events; draft routine day-to-day correspondence to UNODC Field Offices and other United Nations entities, as well as, in appropriate cases, to Government authorities.

• Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., propose agenda topics, identify participants, prepare documents and presentations, etc.; undertake outreach activities; conduct training workshops and seminars; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.

• Participate in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.; support all action related to maintaining the flow of information on project- and programme-related matters between DO and the UNODC Regional/Country/Programme Offices; coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

• Perform other work related duties as may be required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to all areas of drugs and crime; has in-depth knowledge of and specialization in areas of drug abuse prevention, law enforcement, and criminal justice reform. Possesses sound knowledge of international cooperation in crime prevention/criminal justice. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC. Knows and specializes in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Knows various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

• 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

• 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 social sciences, economics, international relations, law, political science, statistics, public administration, or related field, 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 technical cooperation and programme management, at the international and/or national levels, in the areas of drug control activities, crime or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, criminal justice, security sector, governance, public administration, peace-building, conflict prevention or other related areas, is required. Field experience in relevant areas is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.


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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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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