Programme Management Officer (GLOACT-Asia and the Middle East, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling)

  • Added Date: Friday, 30 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA). The incumbent will report to the Project Coordinator, GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East, as First Reporting Officer and to the Chief of HTMSS as Second Reporting Officer.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Management Officer will coordinate the implementation of the EU-funded “Global Action to prevent and address trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants-Asia and the Middle East” covering Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. The incumbent will work closely with the Project Coordinator, GLO.ACT Asia and Middle East, HTMSS and designated senior staff. The position may require significant travel (20%). The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Perform substantive organizational and coordination assignments for the implementation of GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East project, monitor and analyze project implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions - with a view to ensure the quality of project delivery;
• Coordinate budget-related activities for the project, in close consultation with the Project Coordinator and the support of the Programme Assistants/Finance Assistant, monitor expenditure levels and coordinate the preparation of related documents/reports (such as outlines of project workplans, costed budgets and progress reports);
• Coordinate and monitor the design, roll out and effective implementation of the monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy for the project, including supervising external consultants, training team staff, and ensuring timely inputs for reporting to the donor as well as internal reports to UNODC;
• Take the lead on the review and analysis of the project’s results-based management tools, including the logframe, indicators and the theory of change, with a view to ensuring that the programming within the project remains on-target;
• Support the Project Coordinator in the assessment of priorities for programming in project countries, including in the review of draft reports;
• Draft regular reports (annual report, flash reports and others) to the donor, including liaising with the project team in the field, as well as with the implementing partner to ensure timely and comprehensive submission of inputs;
• Contribute to the effective mobilization of financial and human resources (recruitment of staff, consultants, contractors) including participating in recruitment processes, drafting terms of reference and supporting on-boarding and training of new team members;
• Provide substantive, organizational and coordination support for the implementation of the workplans; participate in the conceptualization of project elements; prepare and coordinate concept papers and other substantive documents;
• Participate in and facilitate coordination with the Section as well as coordination with other UNODC sections/units/divisions and field offices, in terms of administrative, financial and substantive project management;
• Support the implementation of the project’s communication and visibility plan;
• Communicate on a regular basis with government counterparts of the project’s countries including in HQ as well as in the field;
• Prepare technical presentations on the project’s work at related national/ regional/international criminal justice and/or other events; make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Draft of background papers, various strategy papers, guidance notes and other operational policy documents that would serve as a basis for the project’s activities in strengthening countries responses to trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling;
• Travel to the project’s countries and region, when required, to support project implementation, deliver capacity building and hold consultations with national and regional counterparts;
• Coordinate project evaluation; draft terms of reference for evaluations and coordinate and organise tripartite meetings and evaluations as necessary;
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has in-depth substantive knowledge and specialization in the field of human trafficking (and/or migrant smuggling) and/or UN humanitarian or peacekeeping responses in conflict settings. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international criminal justice and crime prevention, 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. Has knowledge and experience in various research methodologies and sources. Is able to apply sound judgement in the context of assignments given. 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.

• Planning and 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 (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, public administration or related area, 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 progressively responsible experience in programme management, programme development/implementation in thematic areas relevant to UNODC’s mandate or related fields is required.
Experience in project formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning and exposure to international development cooperation is required.
Experience in crime prevention and criminal justice matters especially in relation to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants is required.
Experience in managing projects funded by the European Union is highly desirable.
Working experience with organizational management and processes is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English 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

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.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of the funds.

Vienna is classified as an H and 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 “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. The term “sexual harassment” 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 perpetrator’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.

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 “Manuals” 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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