Associate Programme Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 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 of:
Job Title: Associate Programme Officer
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-187464-P- (E)
Job Code Title: Associate Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
- This position is located in various UNODC Regional or Country Offices in the context of global programmes managed by the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), Laboratory and Scientific Services (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
- The Associate Programme Officer will work under the overall guidance of the Chief, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator of GLOK32 – Partnerships for Treatment and Care of Drug Use Disorders – including the UNODC-WHO Programme on Drug Dependence Treatment and Care and of the relevant UNODC Representative.
- In addition, the work will be carried out in close coordination and relevant Regional Sections and other substantive units at UNODC headquarters Vienna, as well as other relevant field offices.
- Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks that might pertain at the global and/or the relevant national/regional levels and that relate to the thematic areas of work of the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (drug prevention, drug treatment/rehabilitation and access to controlled medicines), with a particular emphasis on the treatment, care and rehabilitation of drug use disorders:
- Support the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; review relevant documents and reports; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions;
- Carry out arrangements for the assigned programmes/projects, including preparation of funding requests and briefs, project progress and implementation reports; liaise with regional, national and donor authorities, United Nations agencies and other international and regional organizations;
- Perform consulting assignments for programming in consultation with relevant UNODC field offices and in collaboration with the relevant governmental counterparts;
- Contribute to activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.);
- Engage with trainers, experts, computer specialists, consultants and other resource persons in their preparations for, and participation in project activities;
- Act as an alternate resource person and /or moderator in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings;
- Support UNODC efforts to advocate for the recognition of drug use disorders as health-related conditions and the need for evidence-based drug prevention and treatment strategies at global, regional and country levels;
- Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, briefing notes, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, workshops, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
- Support field missions including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
- Provide, as appropriate, technical advice to UNODC Field Offices on country and regional programmes;
- Perform other work related duties as required.
- Advanced University Degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in a relevant Health (Medicine, Psychology, Addiction Medicine, Epidemiology, Public Health) or a Social / Developmental (Development Studies, International Development / Relations, Social Science, Education) area 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.
- A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
- A minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional work experience in project or programme support and development, management, monitoring or related area, or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP) / United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.
- Experience in the field of drug demand reduction, especially in drug dependence treatment and care, is required.
- Experience in organizing workshops, conferences, capacity building trainings and other events is desirable.
- Work experience in the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.
- Work experience in a field environment is desirable.
- Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug demand reduction, particularly drug dependence treatment and care. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in their resolution. Possesses 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.
- Communication: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an asset.
- 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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Application Deadline 2nd September, 2022; 11:59 p.m. (New York time).
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