Programme Officer

  • Added Date: Thursday, 27 June 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 26 July 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the UNODC Programme Office in Rabat, Morocco, which falls under the oversight and management of the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Cairo, Egypt. Under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, the incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit), the technical supervision of the Programme Coordinator, Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling and in collaboration with technical experts at ROMENA.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will provide coordinative, substantive and technical support to the implementation of various programmes and projects in Morocco.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Participate in the development and implementation of the UNODC “Regional Programme for the Arab States (2016-2021) to Prevent and Combat Crime, Terrorism and Health Threats and Strengthen Criminal Justice Systems in line with International Human Rights Standards” and related UNODC activities. Monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.

•Participate in the development and implementation of UNODC activities under the regional project “Strengthening the framework of the Arab Region to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling”, in particular under the EU Trust Fund for Africa.

•Maintain and develop relations with national authorities, regional and international organizations and other relevant stakeholders.

•Coordinate the daily activities of UNODC in the country, including through providing proper guidance to international and national staff and in close coordination with other national and international stakeholders.

•Ensure sound planning, management and coordination associated with the implementation of the activities of the UNODC Regional Programme and related projects, in particular in the area of dismantling organized criminal networks, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants including by means of preparing detailed and costed work plans for the timely and realistic achievement of project objectives.

•Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources on the situation of human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and other forms of organized crimes, corruption and terrorism across the region.

•Prepare various written outputs, including project reports, reports to donors, background papers, presentations and inputs to major documents, studies as required.

•Provide substantive support to consultative, expert group and other meetings, conferences, capacity-building measures and training workshops to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

•Undertake outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.

•Participate in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

•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.).

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to programme/project management, administration, implementation and technical cooperation, particularly in the area of human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention and criminal justice including human rights. Has ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

•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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, law, international law, political sciences, social sciences or a 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience in project or programme management and implementation including in international relations is required. Demonstrated experience in the areas of rule of law, criminal justice and/or human rights is required. Professional working experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable. Relevant working experience in a field environment, preferably the Middle East and North Africa region, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, French and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another UN 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. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Any extensions of the appointments are subject to 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 is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Rabat is classified in the A 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 “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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