Regional Technical Officer - Temporary [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2022
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 04 February 2022
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the UNODC Liaison and Partnership Office in Mexico (LPOMEX), in Mexico City, and operating under the Precursors Control Section (PRE), Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division of Treaty Affairs (DTA), at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Headquarters, in Vienna, Austria.

The incumbent will report to the manager of the Global Rapid Interdiction of Dangerous Substances (GRIDS) programme, and work under the overall guidance of the Representative, LPOMEX.

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โ€ข Act as a Programme Officer of the GRIDS programme, liaising with relevant national, regional and international stakeholders and counterparts involved in the programme, ensuring the smooth flow of information and communication, ensuring the successful completion of all activities of the work programme in the country/region.
โ€ข Carry out the implementation of INCB strategies, policies and activities related to the implementation of article 12, 13 and related articles of the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and relevant drug control articles and resolutions; assist in the organization and delivery of a variety of services aimed at adequate government implementation of the drug control Conventions.
โ€ข Organize, coordinate the preparation of, and participate in, training missions, case meetings, conferences and meetings, industry and officer twinning activities, and contribute to the drafting of documents for INCB.
โ€ข Organize and/or participate in field missions, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, and providing guidance to external consultants, government officials, private sector companies and other parties.
โ€ข Contribute to the promotion of and support the voluntary public partnership process with governments and relevant private sector companies; liaise with officers from member states to identify and invite private sector companies from their countries to participate in working groups and related meetings.
โ€ข Facilitate private sector engagement that supports companiesโ€™ participation in related events such as working group meetings, training and twinning events, workshops, conferences and related expert consultations.
โ€ข Monitor and analyse developments and trends in drug, new psychoactive substance, precursors, dangerous substances and illicit manufacturing equipment at the national, regional and global level.
โ€ข Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in drug and precursor control and contribute to their promotion among Member States; provide explanations/support/training to governments on provisions of the drug control Conventions.
โ€ข Draft a variety of written outputs, such as background documents, strategic and operational threat assessments, needs assessments, correspondence with governments, presentations and training materials.
โ€ข Contribute to the development, management, use and promotion of proprietary INCB communication platforms (IONICS, PICS, PEN) with information on various aspects of drug, new psychoactive substances, precursors, dangerous substances and their illicit manufacturing equipment.
โ€ข Guide support staff members, consultants and associate experts in their work.
โ€ข Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


โ€ข Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to private sector engagement and corporate social responsibility especially in connection with drug control and trafficking related issues. Is able to identify and evaluate issues and to contribute to the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to communicate effectively with counterparts and provide effective guidance to stakeholders. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods and to evaluate and draw conclusions. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has good understanding/conceptual knowledge of information systems and electronic communication platforms. 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.

โ€ข 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.

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 international relations, international crime prevention, international criminal justice administration, law or regulatory enforcement, public administration, or related area 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 work experience, including at the international level, in government or private sector positions in areas related to drug or precursors control, law or regulatory enforcement, international relations or related field is required.

Experience with Microsoft Office 365/ Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.

Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organizations is desirable

Working experience with relevant international or law or regulatory enforcement agencies is desirable.

Working experience in training officers in law or regulatory enforcement, drug or precursor control, or related field at the international level is desirable.

Proven work experience in developing countries is desirable.

Working experience with relevant industries, such as the pharmaceutical/ chemical; internet/ e-commerce; or the express mail/ courier services at the international level is desirable.

Experience with relevant specialized software (Adobe Creative Suite, desktop or web publishing, social media tools, graphic design, or related web-applications) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish, is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

โ€ข Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

โ€ข This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2022. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

โ€ข While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

โ€ข Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

โ€ข This temporary job opening may be limited to โ€œinternal candidates,โ€ who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

โ€ข Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

โ€ข Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

Mexico City is classified as an A 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 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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