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Programme Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme)

UN Offices

Job Description


This position is located in Aden (Yemen), operating under the UNODC Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the broad authority of the UNODC Representative of ROMENA and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator for the UNODC GMCP Gulf of Aden and Red Sea Programme and the Senior Programme Coordinator heading the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), and in consultation with the Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna. For more information on UNODC, please visit our website: www.unodc.org.


Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme) will assist in the implementation of activities as set out in the UNODC GMCP Gulf of Aden and Red Sea Programme (GMCP GARS), as set out in GLOX99 and GLOW63. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: •Support the delivery of Capacity Building activities in Yemen, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia through managing human and financial resources allocated to the Yemen and Red Sea programme, by coordinating the work of and guiding programme staff under the overall supervision and Coordination of the Head of the Global Maritime Crime Programme. Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results. •Prepare inputs for budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and Results-based Management related to projects GLOX99, GLOZ06 and GLOW63. •Provide support to the implementation and coordination of the GMCP activities related to the EU funded Gulf of Aden and Red Sea Programme in GLOW63 according to approved project documents/revisions, valid contribution and donor funding agreements, valid policies and financial rules and regulations, and costed work plan/s; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions. •Provide support, guidance and coordination in support of the EU funded Gulf of Aden and Red Sea programme in countries where the implementation lead will be taken by the GMCP Somalia Programme, such as Somalia and Djibouti. •Guide and coordinate programme experts implementing counter-maritime crime activities both at operational and legislative level. •Monitor project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Programme and ensure compliance with United Nations financial rules and regulations, initiate project and/or budget revisions as required. Serve as substantive officer for the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of reference and other related project documentation. •Identify technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of regional Criminal Justice systems to prosecute and disrupt through operations maritime crime. •Contribute to the development of tools and manuals under the Global Maritime Crime Programme. •Organize meetings, trainings, conferences and workshops for law enforcement staff involved in maritime security matters. Identify procurement needs (goods and services) and support the full procurement cycle of the various options. •Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation. Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, contribute to the process of ensuring quality inputs to publications, website and other reports. Conceptualize and prepare substantive and financial reports (monthly financial and quarterly narrative ProFi reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports). •Support and guide external consultants, interact with government officials and other parties to ensure smooth programme implementation. Provide substantive support to the Head of the Global Maritime Crime Programme, in liaising effectively with donors, development partners and other stakeholders; make project achievements known and identify areas of new assistance. •Manage and coordinate delivery of programme activities with co-/implementing partners, such as UNDP, under Joint Programme for Maritime Governance for Yemen. •Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, in particular to countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international Crime Prevention, in particular maritime crime/piracy, as well as the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Has knowledge of criminal justice, law enforcement with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has good analytical, planning, and organizational skills. 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. •Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology or a 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 national/international project management in criminal justice, rule of law or related area, including programme development and fundraising is required. Experience in international cooperation and capacity building in the maritime area and/or maritime law enforcement operations is required. Working experience in the target countries is desirable. Working experience in the United Nations system and or a similar international organization is desirable. Technical working experience in the fight against international crime is desirable.


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


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected. 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. 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 the 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 based on 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. Aden is classified in the E 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. 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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