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Job Title: Project Officer (Anti-Corruption/ Justice Sector Reform/ Drugs and Organized Crime), P3
Job Opening number: 15-DRU-UNODC-40867-P-MULTIPLE D/S (E)
Locations: Lagos; Abuja
Job Code Title: Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officers

Job Description
Special Notice:

    The United Nation Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
    The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the [insert job code] roster.
    The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting:

    These positions are located in the UNODC Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), Integrated Programme and Oversight Branch (IPB), Division for Operations (DO), in Abuja or Lagos, Nigeria.
    The Project Officer will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative and direct supervision of a Project Coordinator, and in close collaboration with relevant units at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties in the special functional areas as assigned:

    Plan, organize and implement assigned project components; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; review and contribute to relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties and ensure followup;
    Provide substantive technical and advisory services in the field of anti-corruption, justice sector reform or countering drugs and related organized crime, and provide policy guidance to various counterpart agencies, national stakeholders and implementing agencies;
    Prepare all necessary project progress reports, together with dedicated project personnel;
    Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources;
    Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports or studies, inputs to publications etc.;
    Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, workshops and trainings, including development of agendas, identification and engagement of participants, preparation of documents; preparation and delivery of presentations etc. ;
    Participate in complex assessment missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and ensuring completion of deliverables;
    Contribute to the management of financial resources allocated to assigned project components; monitor and/or certify expenditures and funds utilization; coordinate activities related to budget funding for the assigned components (project budget preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements etc.) and prepare related documents / reports;
    As required, supervise, guide and mentor assigned project staff and experts;
    Perform other duties as required.


    An advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Law, Criminology, Political or Social Science, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Public or Business Administration, Public Health, Statistics, Project Management, or other 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 (5) years of experience with progressive responsibilities in project and programme management, preferably in the areas of anti-corruption, criminal justice, justice sector reform or countering drugs and related organized crime is required. United Nations technical cooperation experience and experience in cooperation with the European Union is a strong asset.
    Experience in the formulation of strategy documents, project and programme evaluation, budget and financial management, donor reporting is an asset.
    Experience in research, policy development, technical advisory services is desirable. Working or living experience in developing countries is desirable.


    Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal justice and justice sector reform, anti-corruption or fight against drugs and related organized crime; has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of problems; is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.
    Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; shows pride in work and in achievements.
    Demonstrates professional competence and mastery on justice sector reform matters. 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 & 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: Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multicultural, multiethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside of UNODC 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.


    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an asset.

Assessment Method:

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online

Deadline: 12th April, 2015.


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