United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Closed on 18 Aug 2020
Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Grade: P-2, Entry Professional
B Hardship
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Programme Office in Ethiopia (POETH) with duty station in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Representative for Eastern Africa (ROEA) and under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer heading the Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Programme for Eastern Africa. The incumbent will work in close cooperation and coordination with the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants), the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Law Enforcement Expert) and in coordination with the Organized Crime Branch (OCB) including its Human Trafficking and the Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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Within assigned authority and within the framework of the Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Programme for Eastern Africa, the incumbent will assist the Programme Management Officer heading the Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Programme for Eastern Africa with the day to day management of programme activities related to the Enhancing Effective and Victim-Centered Criminal Justice Responses to Trafficking in Persons (TiP) in Ethiopia, the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and other countering Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking programming in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The incumbent will perform the following tasks:

• Assist the Programme Management Officer heading the Programme and Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officers to develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants programme activities in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

• Support programme management and coordination of programme activities; assist with the preparation or revision of programme or project documents, budget, work plans and reports, including programme activity reports and programme performance reports; assist with monitoring and analyzing specific aspects of programme; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.

• Assist with the development, coordination and implementation of capacity-building activities for criminal justice practitioners on countering Transnational Organized Crime, especially Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, including needs assessments at the regional and national level, capacity-building workshops, study tours and advice in relation to capacity-building.

• Support the overall programme implementation, substantive refinement and assessment of the regional programme and programme activities managed by UNODC ROEA and POETH: Contribute to the identification and assessment of technical assistance priorities and strategies of donors active in countering transnational organized crime, including Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants initiatives; prepare programme and project proposals and ideas for inclusion in national, regional and global UNODC programmes and funding proposals to donors; undertake consultations with relevant international regional and national stakeholders, entities and NGOs, as required.

• Support consultations on policy and technical matters with participating countries, donors and other stakeholders regarding countering Transnational Organized Crime, especially Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants; support cooperation and coordination with headquarters, other field offices and other relevant entities on implementation arrangements, potential partners and detailed specifications for programme activities against Transnational Organized Crime, especially Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.

• Assist with the preparation of technical presentations on UNODC regional activities; support substantive presentations on behalf of UNODC on Transnational Organized Crime, especially Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants at relevant international, regional and national law enforcement and criminal justice events, as required.

• Assist with the preparation of a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, etc; collect and compile relevant background data and information; undertake desk research and assessment missions.

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice issues as well as programme and project management and administration. Has knowledge and specialization in the field of Transnational Organized Crime, especially Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice as well as 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. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, using various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

• 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: 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, criminology, 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. A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in programme management relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice issues or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.
Experience in programme and project development, coordination and implementation relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice issues is required
Experience in coordinating and delivering law enforcement capacity building is desirable.
Operational experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.
Field experience is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage


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

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.

Addis Ababa is classified in the B category (family duty station).

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime.

Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.

UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.

The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are:

  • Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism
  • Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions
  • Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies

In pursuing its objectives, UNODC makes every effort to integrate and mainstream the gender perspective, particularly in its projects for the provision of alternative livelihoods, as well as those against human trafficking.

UNODC is seeking qualified, energetic professionals in a wide range of fields to join us in our efforts to combat the threats posed by drugs, crime and terrorism. UNODC offers challenging assignments - monitoring drug abuse and trafficking trends, helping States achieve substantial reductions in drug supply and demand and assisting countries in forging new partnerships for tackling important issues such as money-laundering, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings. Around 1,500 people work at UNODC headquarters in Vienna and in field offices around the world.