Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Border Control/Management), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BISHKEK
Posting Period: 15 March 2018 - 13 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-94257-R-Bishkek (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, operating under the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA, Tashkent) and linked to UNODC Programme for Central Asia, Sub-Programme 1 on countering transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and preventing terrorism. The Programme Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and in cooperation with the Regional Law Enforcement Adviser.

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Within assigned authority the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
• Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate UNODC technical assistance programmes in the area of border control and crime prevention in Central Asia aimed at enhancing interagency information exchange and cross border cooperation through establishment of Border Liaison Offices (BLO) at selected border crossing points between Central Asian countries.
• Provide advice and support to the Regional Representative for Central Asia in developing intervention strategies aimed at strengthening border management and cross border cooperation in Central Asia.
• Support the Regional Representative, in consultation with the Regional Law Enforcement Advisor, in implementation of Sub-Programme 1 of the Programme for Central Asia, in particular, its outcomes and outputs related to border management and cross border cooperation.
• Provide programmatic and substantive support to fund raising for the Programme for Central Asia.
• Analyze the impact of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia and prepare concept notes, proposals and project ideas for furthering UNODC activities in light of experience gained, lessons learnt and results achieved under the Programme.
• Lead and/or participate in needs assessment, programming, and other technical missions, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance projects, programmes and activities in the area of border control, drug control and related transnational organized crime.
• Review and appraise best practices, methodologies and programmes in the areas related to the activities of BLOs and border crossing points; organize formulation, review and approval of standard operating procedures for the BLOs.
• Provide technical expertise and guidance to national and regional counterparts, field offices and staff in the implementation of technical assistance projects, programmes and activities aimed at establishing effective border control institutions for improved management at border crossings, inter agency cooperation, mobile teams and cross border cooperation.
• Monitor the day-to-day implementation of the programme workplan, including organization and implementation of training courses, seminars, workshops and meetings; monitor and manage the project budget and all related project administrative issues, prepare related documents/reports, including budget revisions.
• Strengthen border posts/outposts and Interagency Mobile Teams (IMT) as well as further capacity building to conduct specialized operations to prevent and interdict trafficking of drugs, illicit goods and organized crime.
• Prepare and develop a variety of written outputs that relate to the implementation of the Programme for Central Asia, such as briefing documents and presentations, donor reports, progress reports, evaluation reports and etc.
• Coordinate and liaise with the Programme Offices in the region and relevant units at UNODC headquarters as well as other relevant international and regional actors and Government officials in order to create synergies and facilitate project implementation and ensure regular communication with the donors, ensure that reporting and other obligations towards the donors are fulfilled in a timely manner and ensure programme visibility.
• Develop, disseminate and promote the use of UNODC tools, including video and information materials in the border checkpoints, BLOs and IMTs to prevent and interdict drug trafficking and border crossing violations.
• Initiate and facilitate programme evaluation, draft terms of reference for evaluation, coordinate and organize tripartite meetings as necessary, organize and support evaluation missions.
• Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze and advise on border and drug control events and discussions; when requested, represent UNODC ROCA at those meetings.
• Coordinate the work, mentor and guide the team of officers and support staff in their work.
• Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug and border control and crime prevention. Has good knowledge and understanding of the legislative and substantive aspects of national, regional and international drug and border control, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify, analyze and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Is able to apply judgment in the context of the assignments given. Has proven ability to manage and contribute to complex technical assistance programmes and to mobilize external partners and stakeholders. 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.
•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors’ language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
•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, economics, social science 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience, including with international organizations, in the area of drug control, drug law enforcement, border control, crime prevention, as well as in handling development assistance programmes is required. Experience in programme/project development and fundraising is required. Field-based work experience in building the capacities of government officials and other counterparts in the area of drug and border control and crime prevention is highly desirable. Experience in technical cooperation and programme/project implementation is highly desirable. Previous work experience in Central Asia is highly 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 another United Nations official language(s) is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This is a project post. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of appointment will be subject to the availability of 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.

Bishkek is classified as a B 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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