Associate Programme Officer (Policy, Engagement, Reporting and Communication)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 18 November 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Global Programme to prevent and combat drug trafficking and related organized crime along drug trafficking routes (CRIMJUST) in the Implementation Support Section (ISS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affaires (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Headquarters (HQ), in Vienna. The Associate Programme Officer works under the guidance of the Coordinator of the CRIMJUST Global Programme and under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Section of the ISS of the OCB.

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The focus of this position is to support the implementation, policy coordination, institutional engagement, reporting and communication of the CRIMJUST Project.
Within assigned authority, the Associate Programme Officer (Policy, Engagement, Reporting and Communication) will be responsible for the following specific duties:
โ€ข Support the facilitation of the effective implementation of the CRIMJUST Project.
โ€ข Assist with the preparation of all necessary Project progress reports in a timely manner.
โ€ข Provide assistance with project management tasks including development and employment of project monitoring tools and systems designed to measure the effectiveness and impact of capacity building and technical assistance project activities against indicators; identify problems and issues to be addressed, make recommendations and ultimately initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties and ensure follow-up actions.
โ€ข Establish and maintain process/system to track Project activities.
โ€ข Provide input to the policy development, including the identification, review and analysis of relevant issues and trends, as well as preparations of submissions, etc., particularly in the areas of enhancing inter-regional criminal justice cooperation in drug trafficking and organised crime matters, as well as the prevention of cross-border drug trafficking.
โ€ข Establish and maintain regular liaison and support engagement with National Authorities of the countries, including Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to establish a binding cooperation agreement for the supported countries.
โ€ข Support the organisation of informative sessions with relevant Permanent Missions in Vienna and European Union focal points.
โ€ข Regularly update needs assessment for supported countries (country briefs), including the collection of data on measures to support integrity and accountability in institutions responsible for combatting organize crime and status of completed and planned project implementation in each country.
โ€ข Ensure the effective implementation of the Project advocacy and visibility strategy and plan.
โ€ข Provide support to the planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach.
โ€ข Create and edit content to disseminate the implementation of the Projectโ€™s activities through social media platforms (e.g. Twitter).
โ€ข Support the development and regular updating of infographics and innovative public outreach and engagement tools.
โ€ข Support the creation and regular update of communication and advocacy instruments and materials (Newsletter, Media Highlights, Brochures, Web Stories etc.).
โ€ข Guide and mentor assigned project staff.
โ€ข Perform other work-related duties as required.


โ€ข Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Has the ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has the ability to conduct data collection using various methods and sources. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research, analysis and policy development. Has the ability 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.

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข 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.


Advanced university degree (Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, management, economics, criminal justice or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.

Experience with technical assistance activities in relation to transnational drug trafficking and/or organized crime matters and experience in project reporting is required.

Work experience within the United Nations system and/or similar international organization 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.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified in the H category (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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetratorโ€™s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on โ€œManualsโ€ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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