Programme Officer, P3

UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 09

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Section for Latin America and the Caribbean (RSLAC), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Section.


Within limits of assigned authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Serve as focal point for designated countries/UNODC Field Offices in the LAC region;
  • Provide policy advice and technical support and backstopping, including on office operations, management and administrative matters and Umoja-related issues, to Field Offices in the LAC region;
  • Contribute to the preparation of the necessary office, programme or project documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, budget, programme and performance reports;
  • Support and contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects in the LAC region, in line with the overall strategies and policies of UNODC and in full compliance with its technical and operational guidelines;
  • Identify problems and issues related to implementation of projects/programmes, initiate corrective actions and ensure timely follow-up actions;
  • Participate in needs assessment and other technical missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions (IFIs), UN agencies, non-governmental and/or civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs);
  • Contribute to fund-raising in relation to crime, drug and terrorism-related projects and programmes by preparing, in coordination with the relevant Filed Offices and thematic sections/units, the materials required and by participating in donor meetings; building support for cost-sharing contributions from the Governments, identifying other alternative funding sources for UNODC projects and activities, etc.; coordinate the reporting on project progress and financial situation, and liaise with UNODC fund-raisers, donors and potential partners regularly;
  • Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including by proposing agenda topics, identifying participants and preparing documents and presentations;
  • Undertake outreach activities; conduct capacity-building workshops and seminars, as required; make presentations on implementation and progress of the projects as well as other related topics/activities;
  • Liaise on substantive and management issues with counterparts in UN and UNODC, both in Vienna and in the field, officials of other organizations and specialized agencies; follow up on the UNODC decisions, issues and documentation with their officials;
  • Liaise with Permanent Missions in Vienna on issues related to UNODC’s presence and action in Latin America and the Caribbean region;
  • Coordinate the timely drafting and submission of briefing notes, background papers and analytical outputs requested by UNODC’s senior management and related to UNODC’s presence and role in the countries covered;
  • Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. Organize and coordinate the preparation of and draft/consolidate the reports to the Constituencies and other legislative and technical bodies as well as their subsidiary bodies (CND, CCPCJ, ECOSOC, GA);
  • Brief external stakeholders, including government, civil society organizations, UN agencies, and the public in general, on UNODC's mandate, work, policies and strategies as well as carry out relevant advocacy efforts;
  • Carry out the review, monitoring and analysis of social, economic and political developments and trends in the assigned drugs and /or crime-related areas at the national and /or regional level in the assigned geographical area;
  • Perform other work related duties as may be assigned.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has conceptual analytical and evaluation skills and good knowledge relevant to technical cooperation and programme/project implementation matters. Specializes in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. 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; 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;
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, economics, international relations, law, political science, statistics, public administration, 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience in technical cooperation, programme management and programme backstopping, at the international and/or national levels is required;
  • Experience in technical cooperation/programme management in the areas of drug control activities, crime or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, criminal justice, security sector or other related areas, is required;
  • Work experience in managing/backstopping projects with the United Nations system is desirable;
  • Field experience in relevant areas, especially in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region is desirable;
  • Experience with United Nations system’s programming and operations policies/tools is desirable;
  • Experience with SAP/Umoja (including its production systems) is desirable.


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

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