International / Multinational

Programme Coordinator at UNODC, 23rd January, 2019

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a United Nations office that was established in 1997 as the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention by combining the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in the United Nations Office at Vienna. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and was renamed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2002.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Programme Coordinator (Global Maritime Crime Programme), P4
Job Opening Number: 19-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-109933-R-Abuja (E)
Location: Abuja
Job Code Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Organization Setting and Reporting

  • This position is located in the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja, Nigeria and operates under the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO)
  • The Programme Coordinator (Global Maritime Crime Programme) will work under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer heading the GMCP and the administrative day-to-day management of the CONIG Representative
  • Overall guidance will also be provided by the Representative of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) on the Global Programme and its region (West African countries).


  • Within assigned authority, the Programme Coordinator (Global Maritime Crime Programme) will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of activities as set out in the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) and its regional sub-programme in West Africa
  • This is a UNODC Programme to increase global and regional capacities to plan, train for, and respond to maritime crime, and conduct maritime law enforcement

The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conduct field missions to regional states and globally to assess their capacity to counter maritime crime
  • Monitor expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Programme and ensure compliance with UN financial rules and regulations, initiate project/programme and/or budget revisions as required
  • Review and appraise best practices and programmes to counter maritime crime; promote them among relevant stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general; pilot-test promising practices through the design and implementation of special programmes and projects; summarize experience from pilot projects
  • Draft and review amendments to maritime legislation, and maritime strategies
  • Organize and deliver specialized training for national and regional officials involved in responding to maritime crime and conducting maritime law enforcement
  • Organize and attend meetings, trainings, conferences, and workshops. Liaise with identified partner agencies, for law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges involved in countering maritime crime
  • Liaising with donors, development partners and other stakeholders. Make programme achievements known and identify areas of new assistance
  • Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation. Prepare written outputs, e.g. briefing notes, sections of UN/UNODC reports, ensure quality inputs to publications, website, etc.
  • Plan, organize, manage, coordinate, implement and monitor the projects in the regional sub-programme including EU and other projects under the Global Maritime Crime Programme
  • Manage human and financial resources allocated to the projects in the regional sub-programme, including EU and other projects under the Global Maritime Crime Programme, coordinate the work of and guide programme staff, external consultants, interact with government officials, regional organizations and other parties
  • Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks. Prepare inputs for budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management
  • Prepare and disseminate costed work plans, terms of references and other related project documentation on maritime crime. Identify procurement needs (goods and services)
  • Identify technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of criminal justice and maritime law enforcement authorities both regionally and globally to counter maritime crime
  • Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


  • Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to combating crime and in particular countering maritime crime
  • Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as specific technical knowledge relevant to criminal justice, law enforcement and related areas
  • Has demonstrated knowledge of policies, procedures, and best practices as they relate to maritime law enforcement issues
  • Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems
  • Has ability 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 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.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed


  • 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.


  • An advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Justice, Law, Criminology, Business Administration, Operations Management or other relevant social or political area with adequate focus on legal and law enforcement issues 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:

  • Experience in maritime law, maritime law enforcement or naval operations in an international environment is highly desirable. Work experience in planning, training, conducting and assessing maritime legislation and maritime law enforcement operations is highly desirable. Work experience in West Africa is highly desirable
  • Working experience with governmental or intergovernmental law enforcement institutions is desirable
  • Experience in designing and delivering training in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice is desirable.
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in criminal justice is required
  • Programme management experience and experience in programme planning, preparing project budgets and project implementation in an international environment is required


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


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



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Special Notice

  • This is a project position, and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding
  • The United Nations is 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.
  • Abuja is classified in the C category (family duty station).


Application Deadline 16th February, 2019.


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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
  • 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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