Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer, P3 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 31 May 2018 - 29 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-97755-R-Vienna (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 the Strategic Planning and Inter-Agency Affairs Unit (SPIA), Public Affairs and Policy Support Branch (PAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Unit.

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The incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

•Provide strategic guidance and policy advice on the development, implementation, and monitoring of UNODC global, regional, and country programmes and projects, in particular with a view to supporting programmatic efforts in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice reform, transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking, countering corruption, and terrorism prevention.

•Serve as the 2030 Agenda focal point within the Unit and support Field Office and Headquarters staff on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Provide substantive backstopping and guidance on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

•Analyse global, country and regional programmes for their results orientation in line with the UNODC’s approach towards results-based management (RBM) and support and ensure alignment of UNODC’s programmatic interventions with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 16.

•Coordinate the development of the UNODC results-based annual report and monitor and analyse programme/project development and implementation, and support the incorporation of lessons learnt into project and programme planning in light of the United Nations Strategic Framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

•Undertake outreach activities and conduct training activities, workshops and seminars including on the SDGs and the rule of law in the framework of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

• Participate in or lead strategic field missions and provide guidance consultants, government officials and other parties on issues related to RBM and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDG 16.

•Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, in particular with a view to the Office’s mandate in the area of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDG Goal 16.

•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.).

•Coordinate the maintenance of the UNODC Programme and Operations Manual and the UNODC online training tool on RBM and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

•Explain and clarify UNODC’s programme of work, policies and strategies in the assigned substantive/functional areas and/or regions to governments, civil society organizations, UN agencies, their officials and representatives as well as to the public in general.

•Liaise on substantive issues related to crime prevention and criminal justice reform, transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking, countering corruption, terrorism prevention, and health and livelihoods with counterparts in UN and UNODC, both in Vienna and in the field, officials of other organizations and specialized agencies.

•As requested, provide substantive inputs and/or prepare substantive and programmatic reports to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), General Assembly (GA) and other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies.

•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has in-depth knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC’s mandate and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the context of programme management, particularly with a view to RBM. Has profound understanding and demonstrates knowledge of crime prevention and criminal justice issues, transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking, countering corruption, and terrorism prevention. Is able to identify, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems/challenges. 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.

•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.

•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 law, social sciences, development or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with 2 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 drug control activities, crime and/or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal justice, international relations, social or political affairs or related area relevant to UNODC’s mandate and as applicable to the specific area of work, is required. Experience in project or programme management and administration is required. Relevant experience in field environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official 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 appointment against this position is subject to extension of the mandate and/or 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 an H 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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