Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention)

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 07 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the UNODC Programme Office in Sri Lanka (POLKA), Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) with duty station in Colombo, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of Senior Programme Officer heading the Programme Office in Sri Lanka (POLKA), the overall guidance of the Representative of the Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) and the substantive guidance of the Chief, Implementation Support Section I (ISS I), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) at headquarters Vienna.

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Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) will provide substantive expertise and support in carrying out the respective project activities in relation to strengthening the legal regime against terrorism. The work involves frequent travelling to the Maldives and possible travels within South Asia region as well as to Vienna. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Participate in programme development, implementation and evaluation by carrying out various tasks for planning, coordinating and implementing the technical assistance delivery, such as: research background information and prepare briefing notes pertaining to programme options and strategic responses; formulate and write up programme and funding proposals; write up and coordinate implementation plans and implementation reports; undertake internal and external consultations and briefings; participate in coordination meetings; identify and pursue opportunities for mobilizing programme and funding support; contribute to the monitoring of the budgetary and financial management of the activities for the assigned regions; plan and carry out steps for ensuring close liaison and coordination with donors and all other concerned actors.

•Participate in workshops, seminars and training courses and conduct presentations as required; provide substantive support in the development of relevant technical and training materials, tools and capacity building packages; monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in assigned areas and contribute to their promotion among Member States; pilot-test promising practices through the design and implementation of special programmes and projects; summarize experience from pilot projects.

•Monitor financial resources, budgets, the expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility including programme/project segments; draft parts of or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme, project and budget documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc., ensure compliance with UN financial rules and regulations and report requirements.

•Contribute to designing and implementing technical assistance activities: participate in preparing concept notes, agenda and other documentation; identify experts and participants; carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results in the assigned substantive area; participate in preparing specialized technical assistance delivery tools, such as manuals and guides.

•Participate in consultations with officials of governments and regional/international organizations and funding institutions; participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide substantive expertise on specific issues.

•Contribute to the overall substantive implementation of the work programme of ROSA and the Implementation Support Section I (ISS I)/TPB/DTA.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandates. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control, crime and terrorism prevention as well as the mandates of UNODC. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. 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.

•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.

•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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, political science, 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 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 mandate and as applicable to the specific area of work, is required.
Experience in project or programme management and administration is desirable.
Relevant experience in South Asia or South East Asia is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment 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 Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance it its staff.

Colombo is classified a B 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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