Programme Coordinator (Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants), P4

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Location
    Dakar, Senegal
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 27

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Dakar, Senegal. The Programme Coordinator (Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants) will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative, ROSEN, and the technical guidance of the Senior Law Enforcement Expert, based in Dakar.


The incumbent will be responsible for the overall implementation and direction of UNODC project “Strengthening the capacities of West African states to develop a human rights-based response to smuggling of migrants and to effectively respond to human rights violations related to irregular migration” (the Project) as well as of other UNODC initiatives in West and Central Africa focusing on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling.

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

  • Act as coordinator for the Project as well as other UNODC initiatives in West and Central Africa focusing on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling: monitor and analyse the development and implementation of the programme; consolidate annual detailed work-plans including estimated budget and attribution of responsibilities; facilitate project monitoring and evaluation; organize project steering committee meetings; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; monitor all expenditures linked to the project and prepare/review financial reports in line with UN rules and regulations and donors’ requirements;
  • Guide and coordinate the team working on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants at the Regional Office, composed of international and national experts, consultants and administrative staff in the Regional Office and in the field offices. Participate in the recruitment of personnel for ROSEN and its Programme Offices;
  • Initiate, coordinate and participate in the preparation and drafting of a variety of written outputs, such as technical publications, background papers, correspondence with governments, progress reports, evaluation reports, mission reports, briefings, presentations, manuals, toolkits, guides etc. Prepare/review/consolidate all narrative and financial reports due within the implementation of the UNODC projects on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants;
  • Liaise with relevant national, regional and international counterparts at strategic level with a view to facilitate the delivery of UNDOC technical cooperation and avoid duplication and overlapping of activities. Liaise with the implementing partners and the donors to ensure the smooth implementation of the projects.
  • Prepare, lead and participate in complex needs assessment and technical assistance missions, including the coordination of staff and consultants during multi-country research missions. Organize and participate in awareness-raising events on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants;
  • Promote the work of UNODC within the overall framework of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime;
  • In the framework of UNODC’s Regional Strategy against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in West and Central Africa, coordinate policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends with the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) and generate research initiatives focused on HTMS, in coordination with other relevant ROSEN and UNODC HQ staff;
  • Lead UNODC fund-raising efforts to further expand UNODC initiatives on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling to other countries in the region and to provide increased support and services to existing project locations by preparing materials, participating in major donor meetings and fundraising missions, building support for cost-sharing contributions from the Governments, identifying other local funding sources for UNODC projects and activities, etc.;
  • Function as the focal point for UNODC and external partners in queries related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in the region;
  • Perform other work related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategy development, project and staff management and fundraising. Has solid knowledge and understanding of the mandates of UNODC and UN mandates with a focus on transnational organised crime, human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Has good analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues; has sound judgment 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, social science, international relations, political science, law, public administration, management or related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar field in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience in project management, monitoring and formulation, donors’ relations and fund raising mechanisms is required. Experience in crime prevention and criminal justice at national and international levels and/or in trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants related-areas is also required. Work experience in a United Nations field mission is desirable.


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

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