UN Offices

Programme Coordinator (Drug Control and Crime Prevention)

UN Offices

Job Description

This position is located in the Programme Office in Guinea Bissau (POGNB) with duty station Bissau, which operates under the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative of ROSEN and in close cooperation with the Senior Law Enforcement Expert of ROSEN. The incumbent will also liaise and cooperate closely with relevant substantive sections at ROSEN and at UNODC headquarters, especially the Division for Operations (DO), in Vienna.

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

• Provide overall management and coordination of UNODC portfolio in the country and ensure effective project/programme delivery.

• Coordinate the work of project teams and office staff and monitor that programme implementation and use of funds are consistent, substantively, technically and financially in line with the objectives set forth in the programming documents; Contribute to the effective mobilization of resources for national and regional programmes.

• Coordinate and create synergies with other UN entities and missions present in Guinea Bissau for programme/project development under the scope of delivering as One-UN; represent UNODC in the UN Country Team; build synergies and incorporate global UNODC initiatives when elaborating country assessments, United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs) or other UN-wide programmes.

• Maintain permanent liaison with inter alia UNGIOBIS, UNOWAS and ECOWAS, and work closely with liaison officers and donor representatives in charge. Seek appropriate partnerships with other entities of the United Nations System in the development of regional and national programmes and related activities.

• Provide expert advice and assistance in the implementation of the UN and other International Conventions on drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, as well as technical guidance on internal programme and project related matters in the area of legal assistance and criminal justice sector reform, in the context of the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Political Declaration and Regional Action Plan to Address the Growing Problem of Illicit Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Drug Abuse in West Africa.

• Keep abreast of developments regarding drug trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, money-laundering, corruption, terrorism and organized crime trends.

• Promote programming and advance integrated programme development across all thematic areas within UNODC’s mandate, aimed at strengthening law enforcement/legislative frameworks and criminal justice systems in Guinee Bissau. Upon request, formulate new projects related to the implementation of the Drug Conventions, the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols including emerging crimes, the Convention against Corruption and any other relevant international and/or regional conventions.

• Promote the use of UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides and criminal justice related standards and norms.

• Provide, coordinate and supervise expert advisory services and assistance to Guinea Bissau, including to respective ministries and other relevant agencies, in areas related to UNODC’s mandate, particularly organized crime and illicit (drug) trafficking, money laundering, criminal justice reform, corruption in line with the respective international legal instruments, norms and standards. Assist the government in the revision/drafting of National Plans of Action and elaborate detailed technical assessment reports for successive criminal justice and law enforcement reforms.

• Organize and participate in meetings, workshops, study tours and seminars for high level officials in relation to UNODC mandate areas.

• Supervise the drafting and preparation of a variety of reports and papers, especially key policy and programmatic documents.

• Manage the Office’s programme, budget and human resources and ensure the timely submission of regular substantive and financial reporting thereon.

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism – Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to international and organized crime, Drug Control and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and Crime Prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has good understanding of the current challenges in the area of crime prevention and law enforcement, drug demand reduction, and financial crime in developing countries. Has very good research and analytical skills and the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner and to articulate ideas correctly and in a convincing way. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has proven ability to manage complex technical assistance programmes and to mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

• Client Orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

•Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security studies, criminology, police studies, law, social science, political science, international relations, public Administration, management 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 seven years of progressively responsible relevant professional work experience in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminal investigation, programme management, monitoring and formulating donors’ relations and fundraising strategies is required.
Working experience with related substantive areas, such as rule of law, corruption, criminal investigation, transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, firearms trafficking, money-laundering or criminal justice reform, is desirable.
Working experience with the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.
Working experience in Africa is desirable.
Working experience in a United Nations field office 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 and/or Portuguese is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Guinea Bissau is classified in the E category and a family duty station.

•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 the funds.

•The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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.

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.

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.

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