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This post is located in the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), Drugs, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Prevention Programme Officer and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS).
Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:
- Develop, implement and evaluate assigned prevention programmes/projects; monitor and analyze the prevention project development and implementation; review relevant related documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions;
- Carry out general and administrative arrangements for the assigned prevention programmes/projects, including preparation of funding requests and briefs, project progress and implementation delivery rate reports, as well as liaise with regional, national and donor authorities, United Nations agencies and other international and regional organizations;
- Perform consulting assignments for programming on drug demand reduction initiatives, with a particular focus on drug prevention in consultation with the relevant UNODC field representatives and in collaboration with the governmental counterparts in geographical regions and countries assigned by the Prevention Programme Officer. Support initiatives to summarize and disseminate scientific evidence in the field of drug prevention;
- Research, analyze and report on data gathered through the Annual Reports Questionnaire and other diverse sources, as it pertains to drug prevention responses of Member States;
- Identify and enter into agreement with International Research Institutions to support the adaptation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based prevention programming;
- Coordinate policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
- Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
- Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
- Lead and/or participate in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.;
- Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.);
- Advise trainers, experts, computer specialists, consultants and other resource persons in their preparations for, and participation in project activities.
- Act as a resource person and /or moderator in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings;
- 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;
- Perform other work-related duties of PTRS, as required.
- Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug demand reduction, in particular drug prevention, as well as a good understanding in prevention of communicable and/or non-communicable diseases. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems related to these issues. Possesses conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct and publish independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 medicine, social sciences, public health, epidemiology 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.
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, implementation, management and evaluation in drug demand reduction projects/programmes that includes a focus on drug use prevention is required;
- Experience in the prevention of communicable or non-communicable disease at the international level is desirable;
- Experience with scientific publications in the field of prevention of drug use 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 is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.
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