Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Coordinator (Law Enforcement Expert), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 12 March 2018 - 10 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-92202-R-Cairo (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Cairo, Egypt. Under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative, based in Cairo, and the direct supervision of the Global Coordinator (Programme Coordinator - AIRCOP), based in Dakar, the Project Coordinator (Law Enforcement Expert) will be in charge of all substantive and technical aspects linked to the implementation in the MENA countries of the project “Establishment of real-time operational communication between international airports in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Northern Africa” (AIRCOP).

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The Project Coordinator (Law Enforcement Expert) will serve as focal point for AIRCOP in her/his geographic area vis-à-vis other UNODC Sections and Field Offices, as well as external actors. In doing so, s/he will keep her/him abreast of the developments in terrorism, organized crime and illicit trafficking in the MENA region. S/He will liaise closely at operational level with UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), UNODC Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (ROPAN), and relevant Sections at the Headquarters in Vienna to ensure good cross-feeding, as well as with Interpol, the World Customs Organization (WCO), and other relevant regional law enforcement and security forums within her/his geographic area.

More specifically, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

•Guide and coordinate the AIRCOP MENA Project Team, composed of one National Project Officer, one assistant and consultants;

•Continuously monitor developments related to terrorism, organized crime and illicit trafficking (of drugs, firearms, human beings and commodities) in the MENA region;

•Liaise with relevant regional and international counterparts at operational level in the MENA region with a view to facilitate the delivery of UNDOC technical cooperation within the framework of AIRCOP and avoid duplication and overlapping of activities;

•Liaise with the implementing partners at operational level to ensure the smooth implementation of the project, especially with regards to their technical input, the organization of assessment mission, training, mentoring, the procurement of equipment and joint operations;

•Liaise with the national authorities regarding the creation of Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces at the international airports covered by the project in the MENA region;

•Prepare and present to the Global Coordinator annual detailed workplans including estimated budget and attribution of responsibilities;

•Draft inter-agency Memoranda of Understanding with input from relevant field offices and Headquarters Branches and Sections;

•Prepare all correspondence linked to the project in the MENA region and follow up on them;

•Monitor the implementation of the logistical aspects of all activities of the project in the MENA region;

•Ensure the timely delivery of all products foreseen in the project;

•Prepare any substantive documents required by the implementation of the project, notably for Project Steering Committees and annual meetings;

•Assess training and equipment needs at selected international airports;

•When required, represent UNODC at relevant regional or international events in matters related to AIRCOP.

•Implement any other work related tasks as directed.


• Professionalism: Has good operational knowledge of UNODC counter-narcotics mandate areas including law enforcement. Has good understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategy development, project management and fundraising. Has knowledge of UNODC and UN mandates, programme policies, practices and procedures. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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 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 & 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 international relations, law, business administration, management or a 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 relevant professional work experience in the fields of law enforcement, investigation, police, counter-terrorism, drug and/or crime prevention and control including several years in national or international institutions is required. Project/programme planning and management experience in relevant fields at the national or international level is required. Project/programme planning and management experience in relevant fields at the national or international level is required. Working experience in a counter-trafficking unit at an international airport is desirable. Field experience in the United Nations system, a similar international or non-governmental organization is highly desirable. Working experience in the Middle East and North Africa region is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic or French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Any extensions of the appointments are subject to 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.

Cairo is an A and a family duty station.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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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