Posting Title:Programme Officer, NOC
Department/Office:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station:ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period:19 October 2020 – 17 November 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Programme Management-UNODC-143357-R-Addis Ababa (N)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Office in Ethiopia (POETH) under the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Programme Officer will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Senior Programme Coordinator (Ethiopia) and the direct supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer heading the Criminal Justice Programme and the Transnational Organized Crimes Programme in ROEA as well as in close cooperation with the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer and the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will act as UNODC’s national focal point in Ethiopia, providing substantive and technical expertise for the development and implementation of the Supporting Transformation, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa project within the framework of the National Plan of Action (2019-2021).

The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Work with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; monitor and analyse specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
• Coordinate with the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer in the implementation of the Supporting Transformation, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa project as well as crime prevention and criminal justice projects or anti-corruption programs as required.
• Contribute to the implementation of the programme by providing substantive and technical expertise and by supporting the identification of technical assistance needs for capacity building with a special focus on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Counter terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime.
• Provide assistance in implementing the project activities with a special focus on Criminal Justice, Counter terrorism and organised crime and in line with the projects document and the annual project work plan, UN financial rules and regulations.
• Work in close coordination with Government counterparts, donors and other stakeholders, drawing on best practices, including UN/UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides, and standards and norms.
• Provide substantive support, guidance and assistance in the design and development of technical assistance programmes and programme sub-components in anti-corruption at the national level and in accordance with UNODC’s overall strategy and as an integral element of the UNODC Programme against Corruption.
• Provide technical assistance and support to national authorities and civil society, in efforts to prevent and combat corruption. Provide guidance and assistance, where necessary and required, in enhancing and upgrading the relevant legislation and other legal or policy instruments in conformity with the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Provide advisory services and technical expertise to specialized anti-corruption bodies and units on preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting cases of corruption and related offences.
• Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in the area of anti-corruption.
• Provide substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
• Coordinate consulting assignments to achieve the intended results.
• Participate in survey initiatives, issue data collection tools, review, analyse and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare preliminary conclusions.
• Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, propose agenda topics, identify and propose participants, prepare background documents and deliver presentations.
• Undertake outreach activities, participate in the development of training workshops, seminars, participate in and deliver presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Participate in field missions, provide substantive and administrative support, collate data, etc.
• Coordinate activities related to budgeting and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Perform other work-related duties as required


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the assigned functional area. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Has conceptual and 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. Is able 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.

Planning & 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law or criminal law, political science 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 project/programme management, administration or related area is required.
Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization and knowledge of the work of UNODC is desirable.
Specialized working experience and background/knowledge of human trafficking, smuggling of migrants or mixed migration is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required including knowledge, oral and written proficiency, in Amharic (Ethiopian local language). Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity.
All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.


United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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