Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Implementation Support Section (ISS) of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and substantive guidance of the Senior Law Enforcement Expert (Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer) heading the Container Control Programme (CCP).
The focus of the UNODC Container Control Programme (CCP) is to build capacity in countries seeking to improve risk management, supply chain security and trade facilitation in sea, land and airports in order to prevent the cross-border movement of illicit goods.
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The Associate Project Officer will work in the Programme Management Team in Vienna to assist with the implementation and backstopping of the Container Control Programme (GLOG80), in accordance with UNODC rules and regulations.
The incumbent will, in particular, perform the following specific tasks:
• Assist in implementing the programme by coordinating and backstopping activities as outlined in the project document for the Global Container Control Programme, especially for activities in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region;
• Assist in coordinating and backstopping the CCP FishNET component implemented in West Africa, East Africa, South Asia and South East Asia;
• Assist in backstopping the CCP Strategic Trade and Export Control (STEC) component;
• Undertake background research for and drafting of funding proposals and concept notes for donors;
• Assist in coordinating and drafting donor reports as required, including revisions, quality control and finalization;
• Assist in orienting the efforts and contributions of consultants, project personnel, donors, institutions and counterparts in countries concerned towards the achievement of project objectives;
• Provide support in coordinating the preparation of communication materials (brochures, website, social media accounts, posters, etc.) in support of the Container Control Programme; disseminate CCP-related materials to governments, NGOs and the general public;
• Assist in drafting project submissions according to UNODC rules and procedures to ensure timely project reviews, revisions, monitoring and completion of related reporting obligations, etc.;
• Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, briefing notes and reports;
• Assist in preparing terms of reference for CCP staff and international consultants/experts and identify possible candidates;
• Assist in organizing and implementing training courses, seminars, working groups, and workshops;
• Assist in reviewing legal documents, including Memoranda of Understanding and funding agreements, to ensure compliance with UNODC guidelines and policies;
• Assist with resource mobilization activities to support the CCP; and assist in identifying private sector sponsors, and follow-up on outreach or correspondence with potential contributors;
• Perform other work-related duties as required.
• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to areas related to drugs and crime. 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 conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and practice in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has ability 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.
• Communication: 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.
• 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.
Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in criminology, political science, international relations, security studies or other relevant disciplines, 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 United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible working experience in the area of crime prevention and organized crime, or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.
Experience with technical assistance activities and project development and backstopping is required.
Experience related to supply chain security and container control is desirable.
Work experience related to the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region is desirable.
Experience with resource mobilization is desirable.
Work experience within the United Nations system and/or similar international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish is desirable. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
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.
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.
Vienna is classified in the H 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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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