The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Ongoing Job Recruitment

Posted on :

7 Oct, 2020

Category :

Vacancies in Nigeria

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a United Nations office that was established in 1997 as the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention by combining the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in the United Nations Office at Vienna. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and was renamed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2002. We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Drug Control Officer, P3
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-141082-R-Abuja (E)
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Department / Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Staffing Exercise: N/A

Orgarnisation Setting and Reporting

  • The post is located in the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja, Nigeria, and operates under the Precursors Control Section (PRE), Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division of Treaty Affairs (DTA) of UNODC headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
  • The incumbent will work under the technical supervision of the manager of the Global Rapid Interdiction of Dangerous Substances (GRIDS) programme, in close collaboration with the Chief of the Precursors Control Section of SINCB and the overall guidance of the Representative, CONIG. For more information on INCB, please visit

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Act as 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, and ensuring the successful completion of all activities of the work programme in the country and in the West African region.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in drug and precursors control and contribute to their promotion among Member States; provide explanations/support/training to governments on provisions of the drug control Conventions.
  • Draft a variety of written outputs, such as background documents, strategic and operational threat assessments, needs assessments, correspondence with governments, presentations and training materials.
  • Contribute to the development, management, use and promotion of proprietary INCB communication platforms such as IONICS, PICS, PEN, with information on various aspects of drug, new psychoactive substances, precursors, dangerous substances and their illicit manufacturing equipment.
  • Guide support staff members, consultants and associate experts in their work.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate private sector engagement that supports companies’ participation in related events such as working group meetings, training and twinning events, workshops, conferences and related expert consultations.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’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 the United Nations system or similar international organizations 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.
  • Work experience with relevant industries, such as the pharmaceutical/ chemical; internet/e-commerce; or the express mail/ courier services at the international level is desirable.
  • Work experience with relevant international or law or regulatory enforcement agencies is desirable.
  • Work 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.


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


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


  • 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 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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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.
  • At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect.
  • The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
  • The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
  • Abuja is classified in the C category (family duty station)


Application Deadline: 3rd November, 2020.

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