Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Coordinator (Terrorism Prevention), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: ABUJA
Posting Period: 04 May 2018 - 02 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-96756-R-Abuja (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 at the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja, Nigeria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Country Representative for Nigeria and the substantive guidance of the Chief, Implementation Support Section II (ISS-II), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna, Austria. In addition, the incumbent will coordinate with the designated Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) in charge of the Nigeria programme in ISS-II/TPB/DTA.

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As a member of the project team (consisting of staff based both in the field and at UNODC headquarters), the focus of the job is to provide field-level project coordination and substantive supervision of project implementation. The work will primarily be conducted in Abuja with regular travel to Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

• Project management and coordination. Serve as team leader for the project team and carry out lead responsibility for overall project implementation, substantive supervision, coordination and related management functions at the field level, drawing on support of designated staff within the Terrorism Prevention Branch based in Vienna. This will involve, among other tasks, the following in particular:

- Provide substantive input for the design, refinement, preparation of project activities
- Ensure and provide for on-going coordination and information flow with the European Union Delegation in Abuja;
- Ensure and provide effective ongoing liaison and coordination with the project’s national stakeholder entities;
- Ensure effective coordination and liaison with United Nations agencies and international partners based in Abuja, as relevant for the project.
- Represent the project at the national level at relevant fora and especially vis-à-vis the lead Nigerian authorities and entities;
- Coordinate and prepare a variety of written outputs that relate to the implementation of the project, such as background papers, mission reports, briefings and presentations;
- Contribute to the elaboration of project activities implementation reports, evaluation and impact reports and other relevant documents, as needed.
- Identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions, as needed to ensure smooth and effective implementation of the project;
- Manage and provide guidance for overall project coordination and administrative actions, to ensure efficient operations of the project, including overseeing human resources actions for national project personnel and obtaining timely consultancy and procurement services
- Explore and identify opportunities available to strengthen EU’s visibility and UNODC’s role and profile in Nigeria as executing agency of the project
- Ensure effective coordination and management of the project within UNODC Nigeria Country Office (CONIG).

• Carry out other work related tasks as assigned.


Professionalism: Has demonstrated competence in project management and in planning, coordinating and implementing technical assistance programmes. Has demonstrated professional competence and expertise in the criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention or related crime prevention and criminal justice issues. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches, policies and practices in terrorism prevention, crime prevention and criminal justice reform. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and of the major initiatives of the international community in terrorism prevention. Sound analytical skills and ability to identify problems and contribute to problem-solving. 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.

Client Orientation: Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with all relevant stakeholders. Clearly identifies their needs for developing and implementing legal, policy and other responses related to terrorism issues. Ensures continuous dialogue with the stakeholders monitoring the relevant developments and undertaking the necessary adjustments; meets timeline for delivery of technical assistance and other services and products; 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.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working conditions in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environments. Proven cross-cultural and gender sensitivity, as well as managerial abilities. 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in criminal law, international law, or general law, public or business administration, international relations, or a closely 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 relevant experience in crime prevention, legal and criminal justice matters, preferably with a focus on terrorism, rule of law or related issues is required. Experience in programme or project development, management and coordination is required. Experience in technical assistance delivery is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. 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. 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 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 in the "C" category and as 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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