National Project Officer

  • Added Date: Thursday, 09 August 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 22 August 2018

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I.  Position Information

Post Title:                    National Project Officer

Agency:                       UNODC

Type of Contract:        Service Contract

Grade:                          SB-4

Duty Station:               Banjul, The Gambia 


II. Organizational Context/ Background

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer heading the Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Unit, located at the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar, Senegal, the National Project Officer will provide substantive and administrative support to the project aiming at “Strengthening the capacities of West African states to develop a human rights-based response to smuggling of migrants and to effectively respond to human rights violations related to irregular migration” (PROMIS Project - XAWW36). 

The National Project Officer will be responsible for innovate project development; design project technical assistance activities and promote organization’s capacity as a reliable partner with national counterparts.  Ensure coordination of sectoral activities with broader country programme.  Advocate on behalf of organization’s goals.  

III. Functions / Key Results 

Summary of key functions:

Provides well-researched and sound analysis and advice on crime prevention and criminal justice related developments, in the specific area of smuggling of migrants, with special focus on law enforcement and prosecution/criminal justice

  • Promote the work of UNODC against smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons in
  • West Africa within the overall framework of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish
  • Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime;
  • Support the implementation of UNODC’s Regional Strategy for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in West and Central Africa, and support efforts to mobilize resources based on the strategy, in collaboration with relevant partners;
  • Provide technical expertise and logistical support to design and implement the project activities in The Gambia in consultation with national counterparts, including the collection and compilation of relevant background data and information and logistical organization of activities foreseen as part of the project;
  • Undertake associated desk research and assessment missions;

Effectively implements and supports programme activities in The Gambia  

  • Function as the main focal point for all actions implemented in The Gambia under the PROMIS project. 
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of the PROMIS project at large, and of the activities in The Gambia specifically; 
  • Contribute to activities related to project management (submission of progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents (workplan, activity budgets, etc.);
  • Monitor and analyse project development; identify challenges, opportunities, priorities and issues to be addressed for the development and implementation of the project and propose corrective actions;
  • Participate in and coordinate meetings and discussions with bilateral partners;
  • Assist with other UNODC led activities in The Gambia and support the expansion of UNODC ROSEN portfolio in the country, for example, by arranging assistance delivery and procurement in line with UN rules and regulations

Provides effective substantive and technical assistance and training for crime prevention and criminal justice administrators;

  • Facilitate and provide legislative support, training and other capacity-building assistance for criminal justice actors, including the development of related technical material.
  • Undertake negotiations, advocacy and consultations on anti-smuggling issues, especially those concerning criminal justice, with relevant national counterparts, international bodies and organizations and NGOs;
  • Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, web stories, etc;
  • Prepare technical presentations on the project at related national/regional events, as required;
  • Design, prepare and/or facilitate standardized training materials, as an ongoing task; contribute to updating, by reviewing and revising, relevant UNODC training and capacity building tools; promote their use and application by respective target groups; compile information on best practices in the response to smuggling of migrants;

Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing 

  • Liaises effectively and in a timely manner and interacts with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally, including counterparts, officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and UN funds, programmes and other UN specialized agencies; senior level officers in national governments, international organizations, consultants;
  • Review national press outlets and share information about smuggling of migrants;
  • Contribute to a culture of knowledge building and knowledge sharing;
  • Effectively disseminate best practices and methodologies.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UN’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies:


  • Has in-depth knowledge and specialization in the field of migrant smuggling / migration. 
  • Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice, 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 and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. 
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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. 

Client Orientation:  

  • 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.


Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives;

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; 
  • Drives for change and improvements; 
  • Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


  • Identifies the key issues in a complex situation; 
  • Gathers relevant information before making a decision;
  • Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; 
  • Proposes a course of action based on all available information;           
  • Checks assumptions against facts;

VI. Recruitment Qualifications  


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or DEA or DESS) or equivalent in criminal law, criminology, social science, international relations, political science, law, or public administration.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor/License) in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in crime prevention, criminal justice and/or migration issues at national and/or international level is required.
  • Direct experience on smuggling of migrants/ migration or trafficking in persons is desirable.
  • Familiarity with project formulation, implementation and monitoring, and exposure to international development cooperation is highly desirable.  

Language Requirements: 

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. 

Contract Duration: 12 Months renewable

This vacancy is archived.

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