Programme Officer (Drug Control and Crime Prevention)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 18 October 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in Vienna, Austria, in the Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia (RSEWCA), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of RSEWCA / Regional Representative for South Eastern Europe and the overall guidance of the Deputy Director of DO/UNODC.

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Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer (Drug Control and Crime Prevention) (Coordinator of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe) will, in particular, be responsible for the following duties:

•Participate in strategic planning, development, management and implementation of the UNODC work in South Eastern Europe (SEE), and, in particular, coordinate the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (RP);

•Support the strategic direction for UNODC in SEE, including the identification of strategic approaches and modalities to achieve UNODC’s objectives for the SEE region;

•Plan, organize, coordinate and provide backstopping to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNODC strategies, policies and programme activities in SEE;

•Undertake inter-agency cooperation related to the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations and related processes;

•Maintain regular contact, foster cooperation and work in close coordination with national and international drug, crime and terrorism authorities and other relevant counterparts, including the European Union and its agencies;

•Ensure oversight and coordination associated with the implementation of the component “Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe – EU and UNODC joint action promoting rule of law and good governance through targeted border control measures at ports and airports”, in accordance with UNODC project management policies and guidelines;

•Coordinate the development of project workplans, budgets, terms of references and other project documentation; lead the timely preparation and submission of project progress and evaluation reports; perform oversight functions to ensure compliance with the UNODC rules and standards, as well as to ensure coherence of field operations;

•Ensure effective communication and coordination with stakeholders, including regional and international partners;

•Act as the primary point of contact for Permanent Missions on topics related to programme development, implementation and resource mobilization in the SEE region and provide information to relevant Government officials and the Permanent Missions in Vienna;

•Serve as the primary focal point for internal and external counterparts for all UNODC work in the SEE region;

•Support the UNDOC visibility in the region and in the donor community;

•Identify possibilities for cooperation with key stakeholders and promote strategic partnerships and integrated programming;

•Support resource mobilization for the RP and for other UNODC work in the SEE region in cooperation with the relevant UNODC units and senior management and play a catalytic role in developing new UNODC products and initiatives, subject to the availability of resources;

•Cooperate with all relevant UNODC units to ensure an integrated regional/country approach and support active involvement of global and thematic programmes of UNODC in the SEE region;

•Support the programme offices in the SEE region in the implementation of the UNODC strategic approach through the provision of policy and strategic guidance and overall quality control;

•Attend policy-making and expert level meetings and other events (including consultations, conferences, missions, etc) to present workplans and achievements, provide expert advice and share expertise, monitor and analyse trends and patterns of substantive and organizational nature;

•Provide substantive inputs and prepare substantive and programmatic documentation related to SEE and UNODC-wide reports and various written outputs (including briefing notes, speaking points, visibility and specialized materials, agendas of events, programme documents and concept notes, etc.) for the SEE region in cooperation with relevant units as appropriate;

•Manage and supervise staff/personnel in the SEE programme offices, mentor and guide staff in their work;

•Conduct effective and accountable performance management for staff/personnel based in the SEE region by means of assisting in communication of team members, supporting their individual workplans, supporting opportunities for dialogue and good teamwork and other team-oriented approaches;

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues with specific focus on the SEE region. Has knowledge of policies, practices and mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has good research, analytical, policy setting and negotiation skills. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills and is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of programme/project development, management and technical cooperation related issues as well as of concepts on integrated programming. Is able to produce reports and papers on substantive and/or technical issues. Is able to apply good judgment in work assignments, plan own work and coordinate the work of others. 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.

•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.

•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.

•Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, social science, international relations or 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 in international relations and/or programme management in connection with technical assistance delivery in one or more of the following areas: drug control, crime prevention, terrorism prevention, law enforcement, criminal justice or similar, is required.
Experience of working with the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.
Experience in coordinating/managing complex programmes and projects is highly desirable.
Related experience with the SEE region 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 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.

Vienna is classified as a H and 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.

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