Programme Officer (Illegal Trade in Waste), P4

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 14

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator of the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crimes.


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

  • Keep abreast with the latest developments and trends regarding illegal trade in waste (plastic, hazardous, electronic, etc.), specifically towards and within Southeast Asia, and advise governments in the region on policy and operational responses to illegal trade in waste;
  • Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze, and advise on illegal trade in waste issues, conduct training, deliver presentations, and participate as a resource person in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings;
  • Mentor the national authorities to increase their ability to collect information related to illegal trade in waste, and initiate/contribute to UNODC publications on both phenomena in Southeast Asia;
  • Oversee and coordinate the development, implementation, and monitoring of all activities related to illegal trade in waste work under the UNODC Regional Programme for Southeast Asia to ensure the quality of project delivery;
  • Oversee all administrative and financial matters in relation to the implementation of the illegal trade in waste work, including guiding and coordinating the work of project staff to ensure effective implementation and related reporting to UNODC management;
  • Liaise regularly with all project donors to ensure reporting and other obligations are fulfilled in a timely manner;
  • Lead needs assessments and other technical missions to meet with government and regional counterparts to evaluate and develop technical assistance proposals for countries in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region;
  • Coordinate and liaise with ROSEAP staff and relevant UNODC Headquarters’ Branches and Sections, as well as with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental actors, to facilitate programme implementation and create synergies/partnerships;
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to combating illegal trade in waste. Has knowledge of international regulations, policies and practices, including specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement judiciary and prosecution practices related to illegal trade in waste. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods and to oversee the development of specialized studies in illegal trade in waste. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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;
  • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, international relations, law, security studies or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields, or a degree from a law enforcement academy, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in data analysis, design and delivery is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in countering the illegal trade in waste under the angle of international regulations, national policies and/or criminal justice is required;
  • Field-based work experience in technical cooperation and/or programme/project development and management in the areas of illegal trade in waste is required;
  • Experience in capacity building and training in the mentioned area is desirable;
  • Previous experience in an advisory position within a national government on illegal trade in waste is desirable;
  • Previous experience, acknowledged contribution/work to published research on illegal trade in waste is desirable;
  • Previous work experience on/in Southeast Asia is desirable;
  • Experience in multilateral negotiations is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.

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