• Job Vacancies At United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime - UNODC

  • Posted on: 16 March, 2015 Deadline: 12 April, 2015
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    Org. Setting and Reporting

    These positions are located in the UNODC Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), Integrated Programme and Oversight Branch (IPB), Division for Operations (DO), in Abuja or Lagos, Nigeria. The Project Officer will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative and direct supervision of a Project Coordinator, and in close collaboration with relevant units at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.  

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    Project Officer (Anti-Corruption/ Justice Sector Reform/ Drugs and Organized Crime), P3

     

    Responsibilities

    Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties in the special functional areas as assigned: 

    - Plan, organize and implement assigned project components; monitor and analyse project development and implementation; review and contribute to relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties and ensure follow-up; 

    - Provide substantive technical and advisory services in the field of anti-corruption, justice sector reform or countering drugs and related organized crime, and provide policy guidance to various counterpart agencies, national stakeholders and implementing agencies; 

    - Prepare all necessary project progress reports, together with dedicated project personnel; 

    - Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources; 

    - Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports or studies, inputs to publications etc.; 

    - Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, workshops and trainings, including development of agendas, identification and engagement of participants, preparation of documents; preparation and delivery of presentations etc. ; 

    - Participate in complex assessment missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and ensuring completion of deliverables; 

    - Contribute to the management of financial resources allocated to assigned project components; monitor and/or certify expenditures and funds utilization; coordinate activities related to budget funding for the assigned components (project budget preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements etc.) and prepare related documents / reports; 

    - As required, supervise, guide and mentor assigned project staff and experts; 

    - Perform other duties as required.

    Competencies

    Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal justice and justice sector reform, anti-corruption or fight against drugs and related organized crime; has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of problems; is able to conduct data collection using various methods.  Has conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  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 on justice sector reform matters.  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. 

    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. 

    Teamwork:  Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.  Works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside of UNODC 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.

    Education

    An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law,  criminology, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public or business administration, project management, or other 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 (5) years of experience with progressive responsibilities in project and programme management, preferably in the areas of anti-corruption, criminal justice, justice sector reform or countering drugs and related organized crime is required. United Nations technical cooperation experience and experience in cooperation with the European Union is a strong asset. Experience in the formulation of strategy documents, project and programme evaluation, budget and financial management, donor reporting is an asset. Experience in research, policy development, technical advisory services is desirable. Working or living experience in developing countries is desirable.

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an asset.

    Assessment Method

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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    Project Officer (Anti-Corruption/ Drugs and Organized Crime/ Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling), P4

     

    Responsibilities

    Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties in the special functional areas as assigned: 

    - Plan, organize, manage, coordinate, implement and monitor a project, or assigned project component, in the areas of anti-corruption, action against drugs and related organized crime, or anti-human trafficking and migrant smuggling, or research in these fields, in accordance with the UNODC project documents / revisions and donor funding agreements, in compliance with United Nations rules and regulations, and UNODC programme management standards; 

    - Manage, or contribute to, the establishment and maintenance of annual project costed workplans and frequent achievement and progress reports, produced in line with  UNODC and donor standards and practices; 

    - Manage reporting, monitoring and evaluation functions carried out under specific project or assigned component; 

    - Carry out programmatic and administrative tasks to achieve project results contained in the project logframe and provide results-based substantive and financial reports against set achievement indicators and financial targets; 

    - Provide specialized substantive expertise in one of the areas mentioned above and support efforts of relevant stakeholders in Nigeria in that field; 

    - Coordinate policy development, including review and analysis of issues and trends, preparations of impact evaluation or equivalent studies etc.; 

    - Coordinate legislation reviews, assessments, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies, and direct project assistance to national bodies; 

    - Lead and/or participate in complex assessment missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and ensuring completion of deliverables; 

    - Organize trainings, workshops, seminars and meetings manage the dissemination of public information materials; 

    - Liaise effectively with counterparts, development partners and other stakeholders with a view to facilitating the delivery of technical cooperation inputs to Nigerian authorities while avoiding overlap and duplication with the actions of other assistance providers; make project achievements known and identify areas of new assistance; 

    - Monitor expenditures and utilization of funds related to a project or assigned component; ensure compliance with United Nations financial rules and regulations and initiate project and/or budget revisions as required; 

    - Identify procurement needs (goods and services) in coordination with the Operations Manager, responsible for procurement in CONIG, and manage human resources allocated to the project or assigned component; participate in the selection and recruitment process of international and local staff as required; 

    - Constantly monitor risks, and draw UNODC’s Representative, Head of Programme Support Team, Project Coordinator and projects’ stakeholders’ attention to emerging issues with potentially negative impact on project implementation; 

    - Provide substantive support to UNODC Representative in identifying and implementing maximum strategic visibility for project counterparts, donors/partners and UNODC, in particular as regards European Union visibility in line with respective rules and guidelines; 

    - Prepare new project concepts supporting the result areas of the project in line with UNODC strategic frameworks; 

    - Supervise, guide, mentor and evaluate staff. 

    - Contributes to mobilizing policy and funding support for the programme of work, including extra-budgetary voluntary contributions and building support for cost-sharing contributions from Governments and identifying other funding sources for UNODC projects and activities. 

    - Establishes and maintains solid partnerships, undertakes negotiations and consultations and liaises on substantive issues with counterparts in the UN and UNODC, both at HQs and in the Field, as well as Member States, donors, international organizations and institutions, entities, governments and representations, inter-governmental organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, media representatives, civil society and other stakeholders, develops synergy, promotes and facilitates operational partnerships and collaborative undertakings. 

    - Reviews and appraises best practices and programmes, promotes them among Member States, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general; pilot-tests promising practices; summarizes experience from pilot projects. 

    - Organizes and participates as a resource person in technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, advocacy meetings, round-tables, workshops and other relevant meetings related to the specific area. 

    - Undertake other duties that may be required. 

    These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Project Officers.

    Competencies

    Professionalism:  Has profound knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal justice and justice sector reform, anti-corruption, fight against drugs and related organized crime, anti-human trafficking or migrant smuggling or research in these fields.  Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.  Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods.  Has conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  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 on justice sector reform matters.  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. 

    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.  

    Client Orientation:  Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.  Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.  Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.  Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems.  Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks.  Meets timeframes for delivery of goods, transportation requests, or services to client. 

    Managing Performance:  Has ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work of others.  Ability to make timely decisions.  Ability to coach, mentor, motivate and develop staff and encourage good performance.  Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority.  Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member.  Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills.  onitors progress against milestones and deadlines.  Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff.  Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative.  Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff.  Appraises performance fairly. 

    Leadership:  Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions.  Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo.  Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.  Serves as a role model that other people want to follow.  Empowers others to translate vision into results.  Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives.  Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support.  Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions.  Drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo.  Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.  Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

    Education

    An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law,  criminology, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public or business administration, public health, statistics, project management, or other 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 (7) years of experience with progressive responsibilities in programme management or development and implementation of large-scale surveys in a multi-cultural setting, preferably in the fields of anti-corruption, countering drugs and related organized crime, or anti human trafficking and migrant smuggling is required. Several years should be at managerial level with demonstrated results in successful management of teams and complex operations. United Nations technical cooperation experience and experience in cooperation with the European Union is a strong asset. Working or living experience in developing countries is desirable.

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an asset.

    Assessment Method

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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