Job Opening

Posting Title:Programme Coordinator (Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants), P4
Department/Office:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station:BANGUI
Posting Period:30 October 2020 – 28 November 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-143668-R-Bangui (E)
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 the Central African Republic (POCAR) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Bangui, Central African Republic. POCAR operates under the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) located in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, Senegal, and the substantive guidance of the ROSEN Programme Coordinator (Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants) and the Senior Law Enforcement Expert, also based in Dakar. S/he will also liaise and cooperate closely with all relevant substantive UNDOC Sections and the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME) of the Division for Operations (DO) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

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The incumbent will be responsible for the overall implementation and direction of the UNODC project against Trafficking in Persons in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Cameroon, implemented in partnership with IOM-CAR and IOM-Cameroon, under the leadership of UNODC. S/he will also be responsible for the coordination of other UNODC initiatives in CAR and Cameroon focusing inter alia on other forms of organized crime and illicit trafficking.

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Act as coordinator for the Project as well as other UNODC initiatives in CAR: monitor and analyse the development and implementation of the project; consolidate annual detailed work-plans including estimated budget and attribution of responsibilities; facilitate project monitoring and evaluation; organize project meetings with project national and international counterparts; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; monitor all expenditures linked to the project and prepare/review financial reports in line with UN rules and regulations and donors’ requirements.

• Guide and coordinate the teams working on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, composed of international and national experts, consultants and administrative staff. Participate in the recruitment of personnel for the project.

• Initiate, coordinate and participate in the preparation and drafting of a variety of written outputs, such as technical publications, background papers, correspondence with governments, progress reports, evaluation reports, mission reports, briefings, presentations, manuals, toolkits, guides etc. Prepare/review/consolidate all narrative and financial reports due within the implementation of the UNODC projects on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

• Liaise with relevant national, regional and international counterparts at strategic level with a view to facilitate the delivery of UNDOC technical cooperation and avoid duplication and overlapping of activities. Liaise with the implementing partners and the donors to ensure the smooth implementation of the projects.

• Prepare, lead and participate in complex needs assessment and technical assistance missions, including the coordination of staff and consultants during multi-country research missions. Organize and participate in awareness-raising events on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

• Lead UNODC fund-raising efforts to further expand UNODC initiatives on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling, and other UNODC mandated areas in CAR, Cameroon, and other countries in the Central African region and to provide increased support and services to existing project locations by preparing materials, participating in major donor meetings and fundraising missions, building support for costsharing contributions from the Governments, identifying other local funding sources for UNODC projects and activities, etc.

• Promote the work of UNODC within the overall framework of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

• In the framework of UNODC’s Regional Strategy against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in West and Central Africa, coordinate policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends with the UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) and generate research initiatives focused on HTMS, in coordination with other relevant ROSEN and UNODC HQ staff.

• Function as the focal point for UNODC and external partners in queries related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and other UNODC-mandated areas in CAR, Cameroon, and the Central African region.

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice as well as to strategy planning and development, project and staff management and fundraising. Has solid knowledge and understanding of the mandates of UNODC and UN mandates with a focus on transnational organised crime, human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Has a broad understanding of the situation in developing, transitional or post-conflict countries in matters related to crime prevention and criminal justice. Has good analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify key issues and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has sound judgment skills and the ability to plan own work, coordinate the work of others 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 & 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.

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, social science, international relations, political science, law, public administration, management or related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar field in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional work experience in project management, monitoring and formulation, donors’ relations and fund-raising mechanisms is required.
Working experience in crime prevention and criminal justice at national and international levels is required.
Working experience in trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants related areas is required.
Working experience in working with/in developing, transitional or post-conflict countries is required.
Working experience in other forms of organized crime and illicit trafficking is desirable.
Working experience in a United Nations field office or mission is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary- General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

• 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.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• Bangui is classified in the D category (non-family duty station).


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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