Programme Officer

  • Added Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 26 June 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), UNODC, in Vienna, Austria. The Programme Officer reports to the Chief, Programme Development and Management Unit.

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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

· Coordinate the preparation and implementation of the Unit’s programmatic and administrative work programme (finance, budget, programme management and support services) and ensure efficient and timely implementation of activities and effective utilization of human and financial resources.

· Coordinate, monitor and support activities related to programme/project administration and budget funding within RAB (proposal building, project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements). Oversee the preparation and submission of related documents/reports in a timely manner (pledging, work programme, programme budget, budget and programme performance reporting). Monitor, control and report on budgetary allocations (regular, support and project budgets).

· Coordinate the implementation of the global illicit crop monitoring programme, establishing data quality control and review mechanisms and provision of technical guidance and support to UNODC illicit crop monitoring teams in the field and their national counterpart agencies. Coordinate and provide input to the preparation of various written outputs such as annual illicit crop and socio-economic reports, protocols, guidelines and technical studies.

· Coordinate the development of guidelines and standards for illicit crop monitoring systems and suggest improvements of existing survey methods and analysis methodologies. Liaise with other international organizations and research institutions to develop synergies and collaborative arrangements and promote innovation in the area of remote sensing and related geospatial data collection and analysis.

· Develop, implement and manage new and/or joint research programmes/projects on drug and crime issues. Proactively explore and develop resource mobilization activities related to new projects and initiatives, monitor and analyse programme/project development and implementation. Review related documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties. Coordinate and supervise follow-up actions.

· Organize and prepare written outputs, including background papers, analysis, sections of reports, studies and inputs to publications. Contribute to the preparation of thematic research studies and reports on drugs and crime by either drafting parts of the studies or by reviewing drafts of others based on their relevance and quality.

· Manage human resources by coordinating and overseeing the work of assigned staff and by guiding and training of project staff, consultants, experts.

· Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


· Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to programme management, development and administration. Has knowledge of crime and drug related issues and knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good analytical skills. Is able to use sound judgment, to identify issues and participate in the resolutions of issues/problems. 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 propose innovative research solutions and methods and formulate new strategies and methodological approaches to identify emerging trends. 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.

· 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.

· Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, statistics, 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience, including experience at the international level, in project or programme management and administration in one or more of UNODC’s thematic areas is required.
Experience in collaborative research and in international comparative research is required, preferably on drugs/crime issues.
Experience in management, coordination and supervision of staff and work teams is desirable.
Experience in remote sensing, geographical information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis is desirable.
Experience in the development and implementation of statistical methods for producing international estimates is 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 official United Nations 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. Extension of appointment against this position is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of funding.

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 an 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.

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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.

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No Fee


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