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  • Posted on: 6 July, 2015 Deadline: 9 July, 2015
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    Posting Title: Project Coordinator (Anti-Human Trafficking), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)


    Department/ Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Duty Station: ABUJA

    Posting Period: 2 July 2015-9 July 2015

    Job Opening number: 15-DRU-UNODC-44636-J-ABUJA (T)

    United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

    Project Coordinator (Anti-Human Trafficking)


    Special Notice

    Notes: This position is temporarily available until 17 January 2016. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration of the appointment is subject to availability of the post and funding

    A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further 'stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…' Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

    Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

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

    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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

    The expression 'Internal candidates', shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

    Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

    For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

    The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

    Organizational Setting and Reporting

    This position is located in the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), Integrated Programme and Oversight Branch (IPB), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja, Nigeria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Representative, CONIG and in close cooperation with national counterparts. S/he will work closely with the Vienna-based UNODC technical sections and global programmes against human trafficking.

    For more information on UNODC, please visit our website:


    The incumbent will perform the following specific duties

    • Plan, oversee and coordinate the implementation of projects on anti-trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM) and ensure full coordination between the various projects and the counterparts;
    • Provide technical and substantive advice and assistance to project partners, Government and other institutions on project activities and other anti-TIP and SOM measures;
    • Oversee project activities, ensure accurate financial management of the project and prepare all necessary financial and other project reports;
    • Oversee and coordinate human resources related needs for the project determining recruitment requirements, drafting Terms of References, managing and supervising project staff, creating and establishing the relevant Project Support Team/Units, as may be appropriate;
    • Represent CONIG in various fora and meetings related to the area of TIP and SOM, including the delivery of speeches, goodwill messages, and of presentations on behalf of the Office;
    • Coordinate and create the necessary synergies with other ongoing anti -TIP and SOM efforts internally as well as with other partners and stakeholders. Plan, participate and lead various fora in this respect;
    • Ensure that all projects are implemented in accordance with United Nations rules and regulations and in accordance with UNODC's standards, policies and practices, as well as agreed requirements by donors;
    • Expand existing anti-TIP and SOM portfolio and mobilize for additional resources as may be required. In this connection establish appropriate relationships with key partners and stakeholders;
    • Perform additional tasks especially with regard to the overall management and administration of the Office, as may be required.



    • Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues.
    • Has knowledge 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 demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling and related crime and social problems.
    • Has very good research and analytical skills.
    • Is fully knowledgeable of programme management cycle, including monitoring & evaluation tools.
    • Knows how to foster a gender-dimension in all key aspects of work.
    • Is knowledgeable of best practices as regards monitoring and reporting on results, in particular as regards capacity building.
    • Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues.
    • Is able to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely, conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations.
    • Has some knowledge of the human trafficking and illegal migration situation in Nigeria and West Africa and existing legal frameworks.
    • 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.

    Planning and 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.


    • Actively seeks to improve programmes or services;
    • offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs;
    • promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas;
    • takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks 'outside the box';
    • takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things;
    • is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


    • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminology or relevant social or political areas with adequate focus on crime justice issues 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 experience in crime prevention and criminal justice, preferably in the area of human trafficking, migrant smuggling and related crime issues, is required.
    • Exposure to international cooperation in crime prevention, criminal justice and law enforcement and experience in programme management, including design and implementation is required. In-depth experience in measuring the impact of training/capacity building, experience in results-based management, project monitoring, reporting and evaluation is required.
    • Experience in adopting a gender-sensitive approach and capturing data to this effect is highly desirable.
    • Work experience in the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable.
    • Practical experience with United Nations (or similar international organization) programme policies and guidelines is desirable.
    • Working/living experience in difficult and hardship environments is considered an advantage.


    • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
    • For the position advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, with excellent drafting skills, is required.
    • Knowledge of other official United Nations languages, or languages of the region, would be an advantage.

    Assessment Method

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

    United Nations Considerations

    Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

    The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). 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 At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

    Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee


    Method of Application

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