• 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 Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Chief/Officer-in-Charge of the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB).

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects on drug demand reduction, particularly on drug dependence treatment and care; monitor and analyze the project development and 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.

• Carry out general and administrative arrangements for the assigned programmes/projects, including preparation of funding requests and briefs, project progress and implementation delivery rate reports, as well as liaise with regional, national and donor authorities, United Nations agencies and other international and regional organizations.

• Perform consulting assignments for programming on drug demand reduction, particularly on drug dependence treatment and care in consultation with the relevant UNODC field representatives and in collaboration with the governmental counterparts in geographical regions and countries assigned by the Chief of Branch. Support initiatives to summarize and disseminate scientific evidence in the field of on drug demand reduction, particularly on drug dependence treatment and care.

• Provide and coordinate the provision of technical advice to UNODC Field Offices on country and regional drug dependence treatment and care programmes, within the scope of the UNODC-WHO Programme on Drug Dependence Treatment and Care (GLOK32). In particular, the Programme Officer will support activities related to drug dependence treatment and care in the UNODC office in Kabul, Afghanistan.

• Research, analyze and report on data gathered through the Annual Reports Questionnaire and other diverse sources, as it pertains to drug demand reduction responses of Member States; support the substantive servicing of the governing bodies of UNODC as it pertains to drug demand reduction, particularly drug dependence treatment and care.

• Identify and enter into agreement with International Research Institutions to support the adaptation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based drug demand reduction programming, particularly on drug dependence treatment and care.

• Coordinate policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

• Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

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

• Lead and/or participate in field missions, in particular to Afghanistan, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

• Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

• Advise trainers, experts, computer specialists, consultants and other resource persons in their preparations for, and participation in project activities.

• Act as a resource person and /or moderator in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings.

• Perform other work related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particularly drug dependence treatment and care. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems related to these issues. Possesses 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. Has 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.

• 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 medicine, psychology, education, social sciences, public health 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 five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in project or programme development, management, administration or related area is required
Experience in the field of drug demand reduction, especially in drug dependence treatment and care 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 other UN official languages 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.

Vienna is classified as 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, 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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