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Job Title: Programme Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme, Atlantic Ocean) – Temporary, P3
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-138437-J-Abuja (E)
Department / Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Job Code Title: Crime Prevention And Criminal Justice Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
- The post is located in in the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), Abuja, under the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
- The incumbent will work under the administrative day-to-day management of the UNODC Representative, CONIG, the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator of the Global Maritime Crime Programme (Atlantic Ocean) and in coordination with the Senior Programme Officer heading GMCP.
Within assigned authority the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Support the management, implementation, coordination and monitoring of programme activities under the EU funded SWAIMS programme (Support to the West Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy), according to the approved EU agreement, project document/revisions, valid policies and financial rules and regulations, and costed work plan/s; identify bottlenecks, propose and take corrective actions in consultation with senior management.
- Ensure timely reporting to donors and UNODC HQ and provide regular updates of the project and necessary documentation.
- Monitor on an ongoing basis all project expenditures and utilization of funds related to activities under GLOW63 and ensure compliance with United Nations (UN) financial rules and regulations, initiate project and/or budget revisions when required.
- Prepare and disseminate costed workplans, terms of reference and other related project documentation, as and when required, in consultation with the Programme Coordinator for the Atlantic Ocean, Global Maritime Crime Programme, and in close collaboration with relevant Headquarters focal points.
- Maintain close working relationships with relevant administrative and project counterparts in order to facilitate meeting of work plan, travel plan and procurement plan deadlines for delivery. Identify procurement needs (goods and services) and support the full procurement cycle of the various options.
- Support UNODC and GMCP in the effective liaison with donors, development partners and other stakeholders; make project achievements known and identify areas of new assistance.
- Provide support in drafting new project concepts and documents in relation to the Office’s Global Maritime Crime Programme, specifically for Central Africa, in order to diversify its portfolio (in line with the Regional Programmes, UNODC Menu of Services and UNODC strategic frameworks) for circulation with potential partners/donors.
- Participate actively for UNODC in relevant local stakeholder meetings, United Nations Country Team (UNCT) administrative/ financial/operations networks if assigned to. Guide and coordinate the work of local administrative and support staff if applicable; support the recruitment process of international and local staff as required.
- Ensure the timely achievement of all project results stipulated in the Description of the Action.
- Coordinate the work related to budget and funding (programming of cash installments, progress reports, financial reports, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (costed workplan, programme budget, etc.).
- Liaise with Government officials, donors and counterparts in the field for the implementation of the project.
- Develop the project work plan to strengthen the capacity of coastal states to successfully pursue maritime crime in consultation with project stakeholders.
- Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation related to the fight against maritime crime. Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, ensure quality inputs to publications, websites and other reports. Prepare and submit for approval substantive and financial reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports, and other reports to the European Union as per the agreement.
- Participate in or support field missions (e.g. Monitoring & Evaluation missions) under the project, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and draft mission reports, and ensure follow-up action.
- Assist the Programme Coordinator for the Atlantic Ocean, Global Maritime Crime Programme, 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.
- Perform other work-related duties as required.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, law, criminology, social sciences, or other relevant social or political areas with adequate focus on international maritime affairs, international relations, international security policy, criminal justice and/or law enforcement 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.
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
- Work experience in planning, training, conducting, and assessing maritime legislation and maritime law enforcement operations is desirable.
- Experience in and knowledge of the situation in West Africa, as well as experience in working with conflict and post-conflict countries is desirable.
- Experience in criminal justice or law enforcement is required.
- Experience in maritime law, maritime law enforcement or naval operations is desirable.
- Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, in particular to countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, in particular organized crime and illicit trafficking, maritime crime, as well as the other relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Has knowledge of criminal justice, law enforcement with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues.
- Teamwork: 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.
- 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.
- Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has good analytical, planning, and organizational skills. 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.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
- Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
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 “sexual exploitation” 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 “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
- The term “sexual harassment” 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 perpetrator’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.
- 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 “Manuals” 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.
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- This position is temporarily available until 30 November 2020. Actual filling of these positions and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may be administered as a temporary assignment.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 26th July, 2020.