United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Project Officer (Regional Office for Central Asia)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is mandated to provide assistance to requesting countries in their efforts to address the legal and criminal justice aspects of countering terrorism. Within the UN system, UNODC acts as the custodian of the international standards and norms related to the treatment of prisoners. Building on its mandate to assist Member States to apply these standards and norms in practice, UNODC has built extensive experience in providing technical guidance and implementing assistance programmes in the field of prison reform, which is coordinated by UNODC Justice Section (JS).  UNODC is also mandated to provide assistance to Member States in bringing their counter-terrorism legislation in line with the universal legal instruments against terrorism and in strengthening national criminal justice capacity to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism in line with the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Specialized assistance delivery is led by UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB). Jointly with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) of the Office of Counter-Terrorism and in consultation with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) UNODC delivers technical assistance to the Government of Kazakhstan aimed at increasing country’s capacity to effectively manage violent extremist prisoners and to prevent radicalization to violence in the prison system. The incumbent of this position will be responsible for providing substantive support for the coordination and implementation of UNODC’s global joint UN programmes in the area of prison reform, namely: - Supporting the management of violent extremist prisoners and the prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons in three beneficiary countries - Kazakhstan, Tunis and Uganda; and - Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters Detention Programme in three beneficiary countries - Iraq, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This technical assistance will be delivered within the framework of UNODC Global Programme on Addressing Global Prison Challenges (GLOZ85) as an integral component of UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019. The incumbent will report to the Crime Prevention and Criminal justice Officer (P3) in the Programme Office in Nur-Sultan and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer(P4) in the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA). Relevant colleagues in the Justice Section of UNODC HQ will further provide relevant guidance. Duties and Responsibilities Specific tasks to be performed by the National Programme Officer:
  • Coordinate day-to-day implementation of programme activities from substantive, administrative and financial points of view resulting in holistic and cross-practiced programme implementation;

  • Provide substantive and technical expertise for the implementation and assessment of the programme including collection and compilation of relevant background information and statistic data;

  • Undertake all necessary measures for planning and implementation of the strategies and activities as outlined in the joint UN programme on strengthening the management of violent extremist prisoners and returning foreign terrorist fighters detention programme;

  • Monitor all aspects of programme implementation and identify challenges and propose corrective actions to the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer to expedite implementation;

  • Draft detailed work plans, accompanying budgets and budget revisions for all activities;

  • Prepare monthly/semiannual/annual progress reports on programme implementation, as well as summary of achievements report and donor reports;

  • Prepare required documentation and inputs including background information, briefing notes, welcoming remarks, presentations, as well as provide inputs for relevant documents as required;

  • Provide general administrative, financial and procurement support for the delivery of technical assistance and oversee all financial and administrative processes to ensure timely completion and compliance with UN rules and regulations;

  • Undertake associated desk research, field / monitoring missions within the framework of programme implementation;

  • Develop monitoring and evaluation framework for programme implementation in accordance with UN rules as well as donor organizations’ requirements and ensure timely and properly implementation of programme monitoring & evaluation plan.

  • Procure goods and services to initiate activities, including drafting TORs and work specifications jointly with Programme Support unit / operations to ensure qualitative and objective procurement of services;

  • Support the exchange of knowledge and promising practices in the management of violent extremist prisoners and returned foreign terrorist fighters including prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons, and promote the whole-of-society approach in prevention of violent extremism and terrorism;

  • Ensure effective liaison with stakeholders and counterparts (national government agencies, Civil Society Organizations, research institutes, donor community, etc.) actively engaged in prevention of violent extremism and terrorism related work including Capacity Building activities for law enforcement agencies at the regional or country level;

  • Together with the International Project Coordinator, contribute to development of funding proposals and other relevant programme-related documents, including contribution to substantive correspondence for a) resource mobilization, b) partnership building, c) reporting;

  • Coordinate thematic activities with UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia and UNODC Headquarters;

  • Perform other duties that may be required by UNODC Senior Management.

Competencies Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNODC;

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies: Professionalism: Sound knowledge of project management, including financial management, strategic planning, monitoring and reporting. Good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal justice in general and prison reform in particular. Good knowledge of the mandates, priorities and operational modalities of UNODC’s crime prevention and criminal justice efforts. Good analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues; sound judgement and political sensibility. Communication: Effective communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills. Ability to prepare, consolidate inputs and finalize programmatic reports and other relevant materials. Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance. Planning, organizing and managing performance:  Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and to use time effectively. Ability to organize and implement activities and outputs. Ability to maintain focus and pay attention to necessary details. Sound organizational skills and time management skills, ability to prioritize own work programme and to work independently or with minimum supervision, ability to deliver assignments in a timely manner. Commitment to continuous learning: Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field. Technology Awareness: Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing (Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.). Required Skills and Experience Academic requirements:
  • Advanced university degree in law, political or social science, criminal justice, criminology, international relations, or public Administration 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.

  • Eight years of relevant effective professional experience in project management is required.

  • Experience in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice and / or prison reform is a strong asset.

  • Experience in criminal justice matters as well as familiarity with project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as exposure to international development cooperation is highly desirable.

  • Proven ability to draft, edit and produce written proposals and results-focused reports.

  • Proven experience working with Government, civil society, international organizations and donors.

  • Excellent written and oral English and Russian language skills are required.

  • Fluency in Kazakh is highly desirable.

Computer skills: proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint. Other desirable skills: Advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages; experience in handling web-based Management Systems. Disclaimer Important applicant information All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment. Applicant information about UNDP rosters Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements. Workforce diversity UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Scam warning The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.
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