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  • Posted on: 20 August, 2015 Deadline: 30 August, 2015
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    UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

    Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

    Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

    With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

    Project Coordinator (Anti-Corruption)


    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.
    Org. Setting and Reporting
    This position is located in the Core Project Team of the “Support to Anti-Corruption in Nigeria” in the UNODC Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), Abuja, Integrated Programme and Oversight Branch (IPB), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja, Nigeria. The Project Coordinator (Anti-Corruption) will work under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the Country Representative. The incumbent will maintain close consultation with UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, in particular with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME), Division for Operations (DO) and with relevant substantive sections.
    For more information on UNODC, please visit our website:
    The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
    • Coordinate the implementation of the project “Support to Anti-corruption in Nigeria”.
    • Coordinate the implementation, evaluation and overall management of the project according to approved project document/revisions, the Contribution Agreement with the European Union (EU), other donor funding agreements, if any, United Nations policies and financial rules and regulations, and costed work plans.
    •    Provide specialized substantive expertise in the area of anti-corruption and corruption-related issues to support anti-corruption efforts of relevant stakeholders in Nigeria; coordinate policy development; legislation reviews, assessments, trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies, and direct the organization and conduct of training workshops, seminars, dissemination of public information materials, etc. to support Nigeria in its anti-corruption activities.
    •    Be responsible for carrying out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary in the project log frame for the achievement of expected outcomes based on the performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management.
    •    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.
    •    Coordinate activities related to budget and funding; supervise project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the project; ensure compliance with United Nations financial rules and regulations and initiate project and/or budget revisions.  Identify procurement needs (goods and services) in coordination with the Operations Manager, responsible for procurement in CONIG and contribute to managing human resources allocated to the project by coordinating the work of and guiding subordinates in programme/project development, implementation and assessment; participate in the selection and recruitment process of international and local staff.
    •    Monitor project’s risk log, and draw UNODC’s Representative and projects’ stakeholders attention to emerging issues with negative impact on project implementation.
    •    Provide substantive support to the UNODC Country 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.

    • Implement the project outcome pertaining to the anti-corruption policy making, coordination and legislation, with support from other project staff .
    • Perform other work related duties as required.
    • Professionalism:  Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the anti-corruption field.  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 issues/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.  Applies 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 anti-corruption 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 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.
    • 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.

    • 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; monitors 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.
    An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public and business administration, management 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 relevant experience in the field of anti-corruption in a international, governmental, private or civil society organization in a multi-cultural setting, out of which several years should be at the managerial level, is required. United Nations operational experience, experience in implementing projects funded by the European Union and working or living experience in Africa are desirable. Working experience in developing countries and familiarity with financial databases, electronic reporting facilities and managerial tools are desirable.
    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.

    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.

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click here to apply online.

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