Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme, Detention and Transfer), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 19 March 2018 - 17 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-94429-R-Nairobi (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 within the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The incumbent will operate under the broad authority of the UNODC/ROEA Representative and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer heading the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) and in consultation with the Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO), UNODC headquarters, and the Project Coordinator, GMCP, Detention and Transfer.

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Within assigned authority, the Project Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme, Detention and Transfer) will assist in the implementation of activities as set out in the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), Detention and Transfer (Project no. GLOX99). The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Support the Senior Programme Officer heading the GMCP and work in close cooperation with the Project Coordinator (GMCP, D&T) with human and financial resources allocated to the GMCP, Detention and Transfer sub-programme, especially in the area of funds management and implementation of project activities by carrying out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results. Participate in and contribute to the management and implementation of project GLOX99 in support of detention measures related to maritime crime and transfers of those convicted of piracy and maritime crime more broadly to serve their sentences in their home country, including the management of high risk prisoners.

•Prepare inputs for budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management.

•Provide support to the implementation and coordination of the GMCP activities related to Detention and Transfers according to approved project documents/revisions, valid contribution and donor funding agreements, valid policies and financial rules and regulations, and costed work plan/s. Identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions, liaise with relevant parties, and ensure follow-up actions.

•Guide and coordinate Programme experts implementing counter-piracy activities under the prison area, and the broader maritime law area.

•Monitor project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Programme and ensure compliance with United Nations financial rules and regulations, initiate project and/or budget revisions as required. Serve as substantive officer for the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of reference and other related project documentation.

•Identify technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of regional criminal justice systems to prosecute piracy. Facilitate the work of developing tools and manuals under the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP).

•Organize meetings, trainings, conferences and workshops for law enforcement and prison staff involved in maritime security matters. Identify procurement needs (goods and services) and support the full procurement cycle of the various options.

•Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation. Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, contribute to the process of ensuring quality inputs to publications, website and other reports. Conceptualize and prepare substantive and financial reports (monthly financial and quarterly narrative Programme and Financial Information Management System (ProFi) reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports).

•Support and guide external consultants, interact with government officials and other parties to ensure smooth programme implementation. Provide substantive support to the Senior Programme Officer heading the GMCP in liaising effectively with donors, development partners and other stakeholders. Make project achievements known and identify areas of new assistance.

•Perform any other work related duties as required/assigned.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, in particular to countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, in particular maritime crime/piracy, as well as the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Has knowledge of criminal justice, law enforcement with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has good analytical, planning, and organizational skills. 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.

•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, social sciences, police administration, business or public administration or relevant social or political area with adequate focus on international maritime affairs, international security policy, criminal justice and/or law enforcement issues 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 national and/or international project management, administration or related area, preferably in crime and/or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal justice, international relations or related area is required. Experience in international cooperation in a post conflict environment is required. Experience in procurement, budgetary and financial administration is desirable. Working experience with the United Nations system in a similar international Organization as well as experience in the fight against international crime are an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This is a project post funded for 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 Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Nairobi 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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