Programme Officer

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 06 May 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the Regional Office for South East Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), in Bangkok, Thailand. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator for Southeast Asia of the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime (GP for WLFC) and the overall strategic and technical guidance of the Representative of ROSEAP. The Programme Officer will support the implementation of the specific programme "Safety across Asia For the global Environment" (SAFE) under the GP for WLFC, and work in close cooperation with the Sustainable Livelihoods Unit (SLU), Division for Operations (DO) based at UNODC Headquarters, Vienna.

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The focus of this position is to implement the SAFE programme. Illegal wildlife trafficking and trading may pose serious risks to global human health. The programme SAFE is conceived to directly contribute to reducing the likelihood of new wildlife-related pandemics by targeting risks associated to facilities and locations with a high risk of disease agentsโ€™ transmission from wild animals to humans in four priority countries in Asia.

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

โ€ข Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned activities under SAFE and GP-WLFC, including addressing wildlife trafficking, environmental considerations, internal wildlife trade markets and the health implications of illegal wildlife trade; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.

โ€ข Perform assignments, in collaboration with partners especially from the UN Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, by planning and facilitating workshops, field surveys, training, supporting partnerships under the SAFE programme.

โ€ข Research, analyze and present information gathered from field surveys, assessments and other diverse sources.

โ€ข Assist in policy development, including the development of a risk management framework for wildlife facilities, through expert group meetings, research activities and studies.

โ€ข Undertake and support survey initiatives; design data collection tools; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions.

โ€ข Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

โ€ข Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposed agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

โ€ข Undertake outreach activities; conduct seminars, consultations with Government counterparts etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.

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

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

โ€ข Draft and prepare communications materials such as presentations, PPTs, speaking points, social media content and other communications materials.

โ€ข Perform other work-related duties as required.


โ€ข Professionalism: Has knowledge of policies and practices in relation to illegal wildlife trafficking, trade/markets, zoonotic diseases, wildlife management and health, wildlife forensics, biosafety and related areas. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of the multisectoral โ€œOne Healthโ€ approach. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has professional competence in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution. Demonstrates ability to provide effective specialized guidance on development assistance issues and to resolve issues/problems with counterparts and cooperating institutions. Has ability to prepare adequate reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationales and recommendations. Is able to apply judgement in the context of the assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Is able to apply relevant rules and regulations in work situations. 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.

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing othersโ€™ 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 (Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent) in natural sciences, biology, zoology, epidemiology, public health, environmental 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 professional 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 management in a wildlife related area is required.
Substantive experience in addressing health and conservation matters within the framework of One Health is required.
Several years of field experience is required.
Experience of working in South East Asia is desirable.
Experience with the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.
Experience in topics related to wildlife crime 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 Chinese or another official United Nations language is an asset.


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

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of the 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 based on 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.

Bangkok is classified in the A category 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 โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ 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 perpetratorโ€™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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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 โ€œManualsโ€ 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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