Programme Officer (GMCP, Indian Ocean West), P3

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 02

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Cape Town, South Africa. This position operates under the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), Border Management Branch (BMB), Division for Operations (DO) of UNODC. The Programme Officer (GMCP, Indian Ocean West) will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative for Southern Africa (ROSAF), the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator of GMCP, Indian Ocean West and in coordination with the Senior Programme Officer heading GMCP. The incumbent will also work in close cooperation with the GMCP team at UNODC headquarters located in Vienna.


Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (GMCP, IOW) will provide support to the implementation of Global Maritime Crime Programme activities in the Western Indian Ocean region with a specific focus on maritime law enforcement coordination and provision of related expert and technical guidance as well as undertake extensive travel in the region. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of all maritime law enforcement activities within the Western Indian Ocean programme portfolio. This will include maritime law enforcement course development; guidance to law enforcement trainers and mentors; contribution to the oversight on all law enforcement capacity building initiatives; design and implementation of capacity building initiatives to promote maritime domain awareness, regional information sharing and maritime operations centre development; and be in charge of the design, procurement and project management for construction of maritime law enforcement training facilities.
  • Coordinate activities of the Indian Ocean Forum for Maritime Crime sub-groups, the Southern Route Partnership in particular, providing support to the engagement of Heads of Drug Enforcement Agencies and arranging regular coordination events to ensure collaboration on maritime interdiction operations in the region.
  • Support the Senior Programme Officer heading the GMCP with human and financial resources allocated to the GMCP in the Western Indian Ocean by coordinating the work of and guiding programme staff. Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results. Participate in and contribute to the coordination of project GLOX99 in support of regional piracy prosecutions, and maritime crime more broadly. Prepare inputs for budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management.
  • Identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions.
  • Provide support to guiding and coordinating programme experts implementing maritime law enforcement activities under the programme and ensure its connectivity with the legal components of the programme.
  • Monitor project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Programme and ensure compliance with United Nations financial rules and regulations, initiate project and/or budget revisions as required. Serve as substantive officer for the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of reference and other related project documentation.
  • Organize meetings, trainings, conferences and workshops for coast guards, police and maritime law enforcement units involved in maritime security matters.
  • Identify procurement needs (goods and services) and support the full procurement cycle of the various options.
  • Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation. Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, contribute to the process of ensuring quality inputs to publications, website and other reports. Conceptualize and prepare substantive and financial reports (monthly financial and quarterly narrative ProFi reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports).
  • Support the management of stakeholder relationships, in particular with donors, member state counterparts, and international partners such as INTERPOL, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) to ensure all interlocutors are kept informed of programme delivery and implementation is effectively coordinated with all interested and likeminded partners.
  • Contribute to maintaining GMCP’s ongoing academic research relationship to expand into work on maritime security strategy development with the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa at Stellenbosch University.
  • Support the continued development of the Trilateral Planning Cell and support the South African Police Service in its efforts to disrupt organised crime networks associated with the trafficking of illegal drugs into the region via maritime means.
  • Participate in the coordination with key international law enforcement partners, including the United States Drug Enforcement Administration Regional Director for Africa based at US Consulate General Cape Town.
  • Review and appraise best practices and programmes to counter maritime crime, promote them among relevant stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general. Participate in pilot-test promising practices through the design and implementation of special programmes and projects, summarize experience from pilot projects.
  • 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 as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, in particular to countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, in particular organized crime and illicit trafficking, maritime crime, as well as the other relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 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.
  • 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.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in criminology, law, international relations, political science, regional or international security affairs, business administration, management 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 work experience in national and international project management, administration or related areas on topics dealing with crime and/or terrorism prevention, law enforcement or related area is required.
  • Work experience in designing, planning, establishing and managing international training and capacity building programmes for maritime law enforcement is required.
  • Work experience with projects designed to improve maritime and port security capabilities at an international level is desirable.
  • Work experience in maritime law enforcement operations at sea and successful transitions of maritime crime cases to prosecution is desirable.
  • Experience in supervising employment of maritime surveillance systems is desirable.
  • Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization 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 another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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