Associate Programme Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme & Global Programme on Crimes that Affect the Environment), P2

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 08

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) - Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) and the Global Programme on Crimes that Affect the Environment (GPCAE) with duty station in Nairobi, Kenya, Division for Operations (DO) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). GMCP and GPCAE operate under the Border Management Branch (BMB) of DO/UNODC. The Associate Programme Officer (GMCP) will work under the overall guidance of the Chief, BMB and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (GMCP), Indian Ocean West located at Cape Town and the additional supervision of the Senior Programme Officer heading GPCAE. The work will be carried out in close coordination with BMB and relevant Regional Sections as well as substantive units at headquarters Vienna, ROEA and other relevant field offices.


Within assigned authority, the Associate Programme Officer (GMCP/GPCAE) will assist in the implementation of activities being carried out in the relevant field location under the UNODC GMCP sub-programme, which aims to increase regional capacities to plan, train for, and respond to environmental crime and maritime transnational organized crime. The tasks involve frequent travel to Latin America and the Caribbean region, as well as to Western Africa to ensure joint cooperation of GMCP and CPCAE in the context of normative processes, such as the World Conference, the implementation of the Agreement on Marine Biodiversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), and marine pollution. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of the programme activities under GMCP, particularly those related to programme activities in Eastern and Southern Africa under the GMCP Indian Ocean West Team, including support to maritime crime law enforcement authorities, and other criminal justice actors;
  • Assist in the development of the global UNODC portfolio on crimes that affect the maritime environment, relevant to mandate areas of both GMCP and GPCAE, including identifying programming and fundraising opportunities, new thematic areas of engagement and partnerships and the development of new proposals and projects;
  • Assist in identifying technical assistance needs for capacity-building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of criminal justice authorities, including maritime and environmental authorities;
  • Assist in project/programme and/or budget revisions, the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of references and other related project documentation on maritime crime and crimes that affect the environment;
  • Contribute with substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies;
  • Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, briefing notes, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Ensure visibility of programme activities in particular vis-à-vis donors and relevant stakeholders, including in the context of the UN Country Team, with due sensitivity to, and in line with, the human rights due diligence monitoring mechanism;
  • Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, workshops, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, and handling logistics, etc.;
  • Support field missions including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.;
  • Contribute to the collection and analysis of data as well as identification of trends or patterns and provides draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting;
  • Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to combating crime and in particular countering maritime crime and crimes that affect the environment. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement and related areas. Has ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct 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. 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;
  • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in justice, law, international relations or other relevant social or political area, is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience in project/programme management including administration at the international level within the area of rule of law and criminal justice OR the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required;
  • Work experience in both maritime law enforcement and environmental programming work is desirable;
  • Work experience in post-conflict, peace-building countries is desirable;
  • Work experience within the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable;
  • Technical work experience in the fight against international crime 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 French is desirable. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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