Senior Adviser and Programme Coordinator (Illicit Crop Monitoring and Research), P5

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Location
    Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 09

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Kabul in the UNODC Country Office in Afghanistan (COAFG). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative, COAFG and the technical supervision of Chief of the Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), in UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

The UNODC Global Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme supports the international community and concerned governments in the monitoring of illicit narcotic crop cultivation in various regions of the world, including the analysis of socio-economic, security and other factors that drive illicit cultivation. The Senior Adviser and Programme Coordinator (Illicit Crop Monitoring and Research) will be responsible for managing the Afghan Opium Survey project (AFG/F98) and leading the monitoring and research related components of two alternative development projects in Afghanistan (GLOU34, AFGZ89).


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

  • Take the lead in the development, implementation and evaluation of the illicit crop monitoring programme in Afghanistan: direct and manage the research team, conceptualize and formulate plans/outlines for the survey programme, establish a data quality control and review mechanism and coordinate programme activities with the Ministry of Counter Narcotics, technical committees and other stakeholders at the national and international level;
  • Guide the development of all survey activities in Afghanistan and ensure survey data quality control, undertake field missions with a view to assist the Government and/or relevant institutions to conduct assessments and identify measures for the same;
  • Take the lead in developing and implementing research on illicit crop cultivation, drug production and related issues in Afghanistan and analyse key trends and changes. Provide guidance and support to the design, monitoring and impact assessment of alternative development projects, as appropriate;
  • Provide authoritative technical and strategic guidance on matters related to illicit crop monitoring in Afghanistan to the senior government officials, the Ministers of Counter Narcotics and UNODC senior management;
  • Plan and oversee the management of the work programme and activities undertaken by the illicit crop and alternative development monitoring team and ensure that the outputs produced by the team maintain high-quality standards, that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensure that all outputs produced by the team under his/her supervision meet required standards complying with the relevant technical requirements;
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of a capacity building programme for the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and ensure that the transfer of skills meet the counterpart’s needs as well as high technical standards;
  • Take the lead in mobilizing resources for the implementation of illicit crop and alternative development monitoring programme. Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensure preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.);
  • Provide expert advice and input to research and research related capacity building activities of ministries supporting counter narcotics and crime related initiatives in order to increase data availability and quality and to enable evidence-based interventions in law enforcement, criminal justice and drug demand reduction, within the context of both the Country Programme for Afghanistan and the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries;
  • Take the lead in establishing partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, etc.) to discuss emerging topics related to illicit crop cultivation, yield, production, as well as socio-economic implications and to exchange views on latest findings, technologies and methods;
  • Supervise preparation of various written outputs such as annual illicit crop and socio-economic reports, protocols, guidelines and technical studies;
  • Ensure timely and effective implementation and monitoring of activities;
  • Organize tripartite/technical working group meetings and ensure that reports of the meetings proceedings are submitted to the members in reasonable time;
  • Ensure proper planning of final evaluation of the programme;
  • Ensure effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; guide, evaluate and mentor staff;
  • Perform other work related duties as may be required.


  • Professionalism: Has expert knowledge of theories, concepts and practices in research specifically related to drug control and illicit crop cultivation and monitoring. Has demonstrated analytical and evaluative skills and the ability to provide high quality technical advice in the development and implementation of programmes, methodologies and policies of research on drugs and crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and alternative development, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Is able to manage complex projects. Has demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development and management of operational activities. 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;
  • 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.

Managerial Competencies

  • 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 when necessary. 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 social sciences, research, statistics, earth sciences, management, economics or other relevant discipline 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in research work related to drug control, including drug crop cultivation and the development and implementation of illicit crop monitoring surveys is required. Experience in project/programme management is required. Experience with geographical information and remote sensing technologies is required. Practical experience in the design and implementation of technical assistance and training programmes in survey and research is required. Experience with alternative development projects is highly desirable. Work and/or living experience in post conflict and high security environment, as well as in developing countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official United Nations language(s) is desirable.

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