Representative, UNODC New York Liaison Office, D1

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Sep 30

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the New York Liaison Office (NYLO) of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in New York. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Director, DPA, and overall guidance of the Executive Director, UNODC.

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The Representative will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Coordination and Representation: 
•Represent UNODC at intergovernmental and inter-agency meetings at United Nations Headquarters in New York and promote policy dialogue at senior and working level in order to establish trusted operational partnerships; 
•Lead consultations with officials in New York Headquarters-based offices and organisations, including inter-alia the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Economic and Social Council and General Assembly Committee Secretariats, on programmes and activities to foster effective coordination and consideration of UNODC practices with broad UN policies; 
•Lead and coordinate initiatives, facilitate and manage exchange and cooperation with regard to the elaboration and implementation of joint activities in UNODC mandated areas with respective counterparts, offices, institutions.
•Manage and maintain regular and operational contacts with key Permanent Missions to promote the work programme of UNODC, and with regard to preparations for inter-governmental meetings and conferences; 
•Promote UNODC’s participation in ad-hoc Task Teams established on drug policy, corruption or other matters defined by the Secretary General, CEB or other UN coordination bodies; Actively support UNODC in implementing the Secretary General’s reform of the UN by ensuring close liaison and follow-up of relevant policies, guidelines and initiatives; 
•Mainstream the work of UNODC with other New York-based UN entities, in particular but not only Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and Department of Peace Operations (DPO); 
•Represent UNODC in non-governmental (NGO) and civil society organizations (CSO) fora and provide briefings to stimulate interest in the work programme of UNODC.
•Direct initiatives and facilitate contacts with the private sector, including foundations based in North America, for the purpose of fund-raising and leveraging resources; 
•Initiate, plan, lead and supervise the organization of meetings, seminars on programmatic and substantive issues, manage the substantive preparation of such meetings and of background briefs on specific issues; 
•Coordinate communications and promote contacts with key US government and congressional bodies and officials, e.g. in connection with the visits of the Executive Director of UNODC; 
•Address and participate in meetings, provide programmatic/substantive expertise on key issues and hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of governments, institutions, agencies and organizations etc. Report to Vienna Headquarters on such meetings/discussions; 
•Prepare memoranda, letters, and statements for signature/delivery by the Executive Director while he is in New York;
•Identify, monitor and analyze relevant policy and institutional developments and operational initiatives and inform Vienna Headquarters, on a regular basis, of key developments and strategic issues; 
•Prepare, in coordination with substantive Vienna Headquarters' units, statements, media advisories and other reports, inputs and materials as necessary, on issues related to or of interest to UNODC;
•Interact regularly with staff at Vienna Headquarters on substantive matters related to drugs and crime issues;  
•Promote public information activities and oversee the provision and delivery of a wide range of information to Missions, international institutions, Civil Society Organizations, media and to individuals and entities in New York and North America, on activities and programmes of UNODC, including in the field, related to terrorism, corruption, drugs and crime;
•Carry out ad hoc assignments at the request of the Director General/Executive Director related to the strategic direction of UNODC and providing advice on issues of concern to the Programme.

2. Office Management: 
•Lead, supervise, formulate and carry out the work programme of the New York Liaison Office, co-ordinate the work carried out, oversee the preparation of reports providing programmatic/substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others, including for presentation to intergovernmental bodies, policy making organs, donors etc.; 
•Undertake and oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, managing the human and financial resources of the New York Liaison Office;
•Recruit, manage, supervise, guide and train staff under his/her supervision;
•Perform other work related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has comprehensive knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has comprehensive knowledge of international and UN policies in general and, in particular, those related to drugs, crime and terrorism related areas. Has sound political judgement, analytical and problem-solving skills. Has proven negotiating and diplomatic skills and ability to assume a key role in advising counterparts and networking with national, international partners and cooperating institutions. Has ability to ensure and produce high quality reports and papers on relevant issues and to review and edit the work of others. Knows and 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; defends and explains difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; communicates complex concepts orally and prepares written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful; 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.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and integrates the work of the Liaison Office into the Division's work programme; 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.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, political science or related area 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible professional experience, including at least five years at the international level, in areas related to UNODC's mandates on drug control and crime/terrorism prevention is required.
Work experience with the United Nations or similar international organizations or institutions is desirable.
Solid experience in building successful relationships and networking with a wide range of external partners, such as Member States, Civil Society Organizations or Non-Governmental Organizations, is highly desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding.

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 

New York 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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