Programme Officer (Intelligence Training and Research), P3

UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Dakar, Senegal
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 26

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent will work under direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative and policy guidance as well as technical support from the relevant UNODC substantive Branches, Sections and Units located in Vienna, Austria.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

  • Assess a review of the training needs in terms of intelligence and data analysis on organised crime and terrorism in the countries of the Sahel and drug trafficking in Ghana and propose draft curricula
  • Conduct cross-cutting research projects on major security threats faced by West African States and by the region overall, such as the nexus between organized crime and terrorism, the smuggling of migrants, transnational drug trafficking, cigarette smuggling and human trafficking
  • Modify or adapt existing training modules or develop new ones as necessary for the delivery of training courses
  • Prepare all necessary materials to include agendas, classroom presentations, student handouts and instructor guides
  • Manage, supervise and provide training and technical guidance to counterterrorism and intelligence agencies in the Sahelian countries and judiciary police in Ghana
  • Plan, and coordinate the management of a three-day regional intelligence sharing workshop
  • Identify focal points in the counternarcotic and counterterrorism agencies in Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and judiciary police in Ghana
  • Undertake other complementary activities which will support the development of UNODC’s trends monitoring and analysis programme as may be required
  • Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.)
  • Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, including parts of regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides and toolkits
  • Undertake fund-raising activities
  • Participate in relevant field missions; provide substantive inputs to training, workshops and seminars and respond to demands for information on specific topics and participate in dissemination and briefing activities in relevant topics
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with governmental and other institutions; liaise with other international organizations to develop synergy and collaborative arrangements in the area of data collection and analysis
  • Guide and mentor staff as necessary in programme implementation, monitoring and assessment; coordinate review of relevant documents and reports; identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and initiates follow-up actions
  • Perform other work related duties as required


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC. Has knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to all areas of intelligence training and research. Has very good analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues; sound judgement. Knows the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular has substantive knowledge of the United Nations conventions. 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 and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and work plans; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; ability to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time and resources efficiently
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision. Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, business administration, management or a related field, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Additional academic education or professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, border management, drug law enforcement and/or criminal investigation is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience, including law enforcement, criminal investigation, curriculum development and teaching as well as practical experience in drug trafficking law enforcement at the national and/or international level is required. Significant and relevant work experience in a field environment is required. Field and cross-cutting research conducted in unstable zones in the field of criminality and/or terrorism is desirable. Work experience with the United Nations or similar international organisation is desirable. Working experience in West Africa is an advantage. Demonstrated experience in teaching gender related topics and/or investigating gender related offenses is an advantage.


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 UN official language is an advantage.

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