Programme Officer (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice)

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Panama City, Panama. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative and support the coordination functions of the Regional Office regarding the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UNODC projects and programmes in the region in line with the UNODC Regional Programme for Central America and UNODC’s programmatic interventions in the Caribbean.

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

•Support the UNODC Regional Representative in the development and smooth running of the drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice technical cooperation projects/programmes in Central America and the Caribbean;
•Develop and administer an overall monitoring and reporting framework for all UNODC programmatic activities in Central America and the Caribbean, ensuring the comprehensiveness of UNODC’s support to the region on drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice;
•Develop results frameworks for projects and programmes in the region and prepare, review and assess reports of the Office on the status of programme implementation;
•Conduct programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office, including preparation of budgets, assignment and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting; supporting the evaluation of staff performance (PAS), the interview process of candidates for job openings and the evaluation of candidates;
•Contribute to the overall implementation, substantive refinement and assessment of the regional programme and programmatic interventions, including crime prevention and criminal justice activities: contribute to the identification and assessment of technical assistance priorities and strategies of donors; prepare programme/project proposals/ideas for inclusion in national, regional and global UNODC programmes and for funding consideration; undertake consultations with relevant international regional and national stakeholders, entities and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as required;
•Contribute to the management and coordination of ROPAN’s programmatic activities, as required, and monitor expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility; draft parts of, or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme or project documents and reports such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget and programme performance reports;
•Provide substantive backstopping and guidance on the Sustainable Development Goals (mainly SDG 16) as related to UNODC’s mandate and liaise on substantive issues related to crime prevention and criminal justice reform, transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking, countering corruption, terrorism prevention and health and livelihoods with focal points in ROPAN and with UNODC Headquarters in Vienna;
•Analyse ROPAN’s projects and programmes for their results orientation in line with the UNODC’s approach towards results-based management (RBM) and support and ensure alignment of ROPAN’s programmatic interventions with the SDGs and United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs);
•Support ROPAN’s engagement in United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) with regard to the Office’s mandate on drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice and assist in the implementation of the Secretary-General’s reform agenda;
•Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, in particular with a view to the Office’s mandate in the area of drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice;
•Promote the use of UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides and criminal justice related standards and norms;
•Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandated areas especially in the Region and in the context of programme management and technical cooperation. Has profound understanding and demonstrates knowledge of issues related to crime prevention and criminal justice, transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking, countering corruption, and terrorism prevention. Is able to identify, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems/challenges. 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.

•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 law, social sciences, development or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with 2 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 drug control activities, crime and/or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal justice, international relations, social or political affairs or related area relevant to UNODC’s mandates is required.
Experience in project or programme management and administration is required.
Relevant experience in crime prevention and criminal justice in a field environment is desirable.
Experience with SAP based ERP systems (such as UMOJA) including as certifying officer is desirable.


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

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.

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.

Panama is classified as an A 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


This vacancy is archived.

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