Programme Management Officer, NOC

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 15

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the UNODC Programme Office in Barbados (POBAR) with duty station in Bridgetown, Barbados, Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama City, Panama, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the AIRCOP Global Coordinator and the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative based in Panama City.


Within assigned authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for coordinating operational issues related to the implementation of AIRCOP activities in the Caribbean Community CARICOM Region, as well as other key duties as assigned by the UNODC Regional Representative.

The Programme Management Officer will be responsible for contributing to the implementation of the AIRCOP Project in beneficiary CARICOM Member States to support authorities in the fight against all forms of trafficking by air, specifically on targeting of illicit cargo and high-risk passengers, threat analysis and use of secure law enforcement communication tools.

The Programme Management Officer will provide support to expanding and consolidating the implementation of the AIRCOP Programme in in the Region, as well as support when required in Latin America. The post will also support the implementation of programmes under Border Management Branch and ROPAN as required. The incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

  • Coordinate the planning, organization, implementation and monitoring of the AIRCOP Programme activities and strategies in the Caribbean region;
  • Participate in the development, implementation, evaluation and in depth substantive review of the AIRCOP programme, identify problems and issues to be addressed, prepare risk analysis and propose evaluation frameworks including logical results/frameworks models, targets and indicators of achievement. Ensure programmatic and financial delivery of assigned programme and activities;
  • Coordinate and liaise closely with counterparts and stakeholders on the programme implementation and build partnerships and secure national counterparts’ project buy-in for effective programme implementation;
  • Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, and opportunities to expand programming activities;
  • Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, plans and carry out consultative meetings, trainings, conferences and workshops related to the programme implementation, including preparing and delivering presentations;
  • Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, lead the process of ensuring quality inputs to publications, website and other reports;
  • Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, quarterly narrative reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports;
  • Manage and coordinate assigned programme staff engaged in the implementation of AIRCOP activities, manage recruitment and performance of external consultants and support other HR related matters;
  • Actively pursue the identification of funding possibilities for the AIRCOP Programme, including the preparation and delivery of donor briefings, concept notes and proposals;
  • Promote strong relationships between AIRCOP and the IMPACS Joint Regional Communication Centre and ensure keen cooperation between AIRCOP JAITFs and the APIS and ACIS systems;
  • Promote alignment between AIRCOP and other UNODC Border Management global programmes and other UNODC programmes;
  • Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting;
  • Ensure that requirements, background information used for data analysis are documented;
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned by the AIRCOP Global Coordinator and the UNODC Regional Representative, including participation in UNCTs, supports performing duties of Travel Processing Officer on behalf of ROPAN.


  • Professionalism: Has demonstrated professional competence and expert knowledge as well as understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, border control and management matters, to detect and intercept drugs, other illicit goods and high-risk passengers, including foreign terrorist fighters, in origin, transit and destination countries and relevant BMB Global Programmes. Has demonstrated knowledge of international law and/or criminal justice, law enforcement and crime prevention policies as they relate to organized crime issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, as well as the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of criminal justice, law enforcement with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has good analytical, planning, and organizational skills. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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 law, criminology, social sciences, police administration, customs, business or public administration or relevant social or political area with significant focus on international criminal law matters, international security policy, criminal justice and/or law enforcement issues 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 relevant progressively responsible professional work experience of which at least three years at the international level, in one or several of the following areas is required: law enforcement, border management, trade supply chain security, maritime law, prosecution, criminal justice in the area of organized crime, drug trafficking and crimes that affect the environment;
  • Work experience in programme management and planning, preparing project budgets and project implementation is required;
  • Work experience in planning and/or conducting law enforcement operations and facilitating training is desirable;
  • Experience in designing and delivering training in the area of border management is desirable;
  • Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organizations is desirable;
  • Relevant experience in the field is desirable;
  • Experience in data analytics or related area 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 French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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