Senior Programme Coordinator, Bogota, Nairobi, Panama City, Istanbul At United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Closing date: Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Posting Title: Senior Programme Coordinator, P5

Job Code Title: Senior Law Enforcement Expert (Drug Control and Crime Prevention)

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Posting Period: 27 February 2023 – 28 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-202484-P- (E)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThese positions are located in the Border Management Branch (BMB), and the job opening serves to build a roster for positions in its five global programmes: AIRCOP (Establishment of real-time operational communication between international airports), Container Control Programme (CCP), Global Programme on Disruption of Criminal Networks (DCN), Global Programme on Crimes Affecting the Environment (CAE) and Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), which may be located in Bogota, Istanbul, Nairobi and Panama City, etc. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Chief of the Border Management Branch and in close coordination with Regional Representatives and the Heads of other UNODC global programmes. For more information on UNODC, please visit our website:


Within delegated authority, the Senior Programme Coordinator, will perform specific tasks in the relevant field location under one of the BMB Global Programmes which aim to prevent and disrupt cross border crime. The incumbent will be responsible for some or all of the following specific duties:

  •  Lead and manage one of the five global programmes.
  •  Provide substantive leadership and guidance for the conceptualization, planning, coordination, delivery and implementation of a variety of specialized technical and training services in the substantive area of border management.
  •  Oversee and guide the preparation of the necessary programme documents and reports, such as work plans, budget segments, programme progress, performance and/or implementation delivery reports.
  •  Supervise and guide programme personnel including staff, consultants, UN Volunteers and interns.
  •  Lead and participate in complex needs assessment and other technical missions in the area of border management, evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals; lead, coordinate and carry out periodic assessments of the performance of introduced and improved practices and operations.
  •  Take the lead in promoting the global programme, lead fundraising activities, oversee outreach activities, ensure regular reporting to relevant stakeholders on implementation status, delivery and results; work with Member States and to secure cooperation agreements.
  •  Oversee and guide the design, preparation and delivery of a broad range of capacity building and training activities under the global programme. Lead, deliver or participate as an expert resource person in conferences, seminars, training courses and meetings.
  •  Provide expert advisory services and technical guidance to national counterparts on border management including on strategies, legal frameworks, capacity building and/or administrative measures.
  •  Lead and undertake negotiations and consultations with relevant international, governmental and non-governmental organizations on issues related to border management. Establish and maintain contacts relevant to the global programme, foster cooperation and work in close cooperation with national and international border management authorities, agencies and institutions, and other relevant operational counterparts.
  •  Oversee the preparation of and provide highly specialized substantive and technical input to working papers, reports, background papers, analyses, presentations, proposals and documents, briefings, training materials, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.
  •  Lead team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensure that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.
  •  Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


  •  Professionalism: Has knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas (container control, environmental crime, maritime crime, criminal network disruption and trafficking by air) being supervised. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has a wide and substantial technical knowledge in all aspects of law enforcement, organized crime, drug control, money laundering trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Is able to deliver thorough, well reasoned contributions and outputs, e.g. policy recommendations, complex papers on technical issues, analysis, reports etc. and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to provide expert advise on substantive matters and implement corrective action with respect to operational issues. Is able to apply United Nations rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

EducationAn advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal justice, criminology, law, political science, management, business administration, international relations or other related fields is required. A first-level university degree in the aforementioned fields in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Formal qualifications or certifications from a recognised national or international customs authority, police academy, or military-training institution, supplemented by specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management or border working techniques, in combination with four (4) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the first level university degree.

Work ExperienceA minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in border management is required. Extensive experience working in the field delivering support to member states tackling border management issues is required. Experience in international programme management is required. Work experience within the United Nations system (UN agencies/funds/programmes) or other relevant national/international organisations and institutions is desirable. Proven experience of administrative/financial and human resources management is desirable. Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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

Special NoticeThis is a generic job opening for the purpose of creating a roster of qualified candidates for immediate and anticipated job openings in various duty stations. The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations in various duty stations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Senior Law Enforcement Expert (Drug Control and Crime Prevention) (job code 7779 DRU). All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection. 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. 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. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move(s) or geographical requirements as set out in ST/AI/2016/1 to be eligible to apply for this job opening. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Candidate Profile (CP) and Motivation Statement. 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 ConsiderationsAccording 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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