Senior Head of Programme Office (Drug Control and Crime Prevention), P5

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Location
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 19

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Bissau, Guinea Bissau, operating under the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative of ROSEN and in close cooperation with the Senior Law Enforcement Advisor of ROSEN. The incumbent will also liaise and cooperate closely with relevant substantive sections at ROSEN and at UNODC headquarters, especially the Division for Operations (DO).


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

  • Provide overall management and coordination of UNODC portfolio in the country and ensure effective project/programme delivery.
  • Coordinate the work of project teams and office staff and monitor that programme implementation and use of funds are consistent, substantively, technically and financially in line with the objectives set forth in the programming documents; Contribute to the effective mobilization of resources for national and regional programmes.
  • Coordinate and create synergies with other UN entities and missions present in Guinea Bissau for programme/project development under the scope of delivering as One-UN; represent UNODC in the UN Country Team; build synergies and incorporate global UNODC initiatives when elaborating country assessments, UNDAFs or other UN-wide programmes.
  • Maintain permanent liaison with inter alia UNGIOBIS, UNOWAS and ECOWAS, and work closely with liaison officers and donor representatives in charge. Seek appropriate partnerships with other entities of the United Nations System in the development of regional and national programmes and related activities.
  • Provide expert advice and assistance in the implementation of the UN and other International Conventions on drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, as well as technical guidance on internal programme and project related matters in the area of legal assistance and criminal justice sector reform, in the context of the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Political Declaration and Regional Action Plan to Address the Growing Problem of Illicit Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Drug Abuse in West Africa.
  • Keep abreast of developments regarding drug trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, money-laundering, corruption, terrorism and organized crime trends.
  • Promote programming and advance integrated programme development across all thematic areas within UNODC’s mandate, aimed at strengthening law enforcement/legislative frameworks and criminal justice systems in Guinee Bissau. Upon request, formulate new projects related to the implementation of the Drug Conventions, the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols including emerging crimes, the Convention against Corruption and any other relevant international and/or regional conventions.
  • Promote the use of UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides and criminal justice related standards and norms.
  • Provide, coordinate and supervise expert advisory services and assistance to Guinea Bissau, including to respective ministries and other relevant agencies, in areas related to UNODC’s mandate, particularly organized crime and illicit (drug) trafficking, money laundering, criminal justice reform, corruption in line with the respective international legal instruments, norms and standards. Assist the government in the revision/drafting of National Plans of Action and elaborate detailed technical assessment reports for successive criminal justice and law enforcement reforms.
  • Organize and participate in meetings, workshops, study tours and seminars for high level officials in relation to UNODC mandate areas.
  • Supervise the drafting and preparation of a variety of reports and papers, especially key policy and programmatic documents.
  • Manage the Office’s programme, budget and human resources and ensure the timely submission of regular substantive and financial reporting thereon.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug and/or terrorism related areas. Has knowledge of development policy, technical cooperation and substantive work covered by UNODC’s mandate (drug control, organized crime, corruption, criminal justice reform etc.). Has demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing, overseeing and/or advising on the planning, development and management of operations. Has demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment, to provide expert legal advice to counterparts and to assume a key role in networking with national and international partners. Is able to produce reports and papers on integrated programmatic issues and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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; 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.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  • 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.
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security studies, criminology, police studies, law, social science, political science, international relations, public administration, management 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible relevant professional work experience in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminal investigation, programme management, monitoring and formulating donors’ relations and fund raising strategies is required. Work experience with related substantive areas, such as rule of law, corruption, criminal investigation, trans-national organized crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, firearms trafficking, money-laundering or criminal justice reform, is desirable. Work experience in a United Nations or similar international organization is desirable. Working experience in Africa is also desirable, preferably in a United Nations field mission or United Nations Country Team.


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

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