The post is located in various UNODC Project or Programmes Offices under the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Associate Programme Officer will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Representative of ROEA and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer (Transnational Organized Crime (TOC), Illicit Trafficking and Illicit Drug Trafficking), with substantive guidance provided by UNODC’s Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) and in close cooperation with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME) at UNODC Headquarters.
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Within assigned authority, the Associate Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Work with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitor and analyse specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
•Work substantively and technically by supporting the Programme Management Officer (TOC, Illicit Trafficking and Illicit Drug Trafficking) and Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer in the implementation of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Regional Programme for Eastern Africa with respect to the programming in Kenya and other Member States in Eastern Africa.
•Contribute to the implementation of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Regional Programme by providing substantive and technical expertise and by supporting the identification of technical assistance needs for capacity building with a special focus on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.
•Provide assistance in implementing the project activities with a special focus on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants (incl. procurement and arrangements for workshops and seminars) in line with the project document and the annual project work plan, and in line with UN financial rules and regulations, in close coordination with the Government counterparts, donors and other stakeholders, based on best practices, including UN/UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides, and standards and norms.
•Carry out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc. in particular on human trafficking and smuggling, to include collecting, analysing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
•Provide substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies, etc.
•Assist in performing consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
•Participate in survey initiatives; issue data collection tools, review, analyse and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare preliminary conclusions.
•Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
•Undertake outreach activities; participate in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participate in and make presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
•Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Perform other work-related duties as required.
Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the assigned functional area. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Has conceptual and 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. Is able 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.
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: 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 law or criminal law, political science 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.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience in project/programme management, administration or related area is required
Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.
Work experience in the area of human trafficking, smuggling of migrants or mixed migration is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and the local language, is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.
Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.
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.
Nairobi is classified a B and a 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.
Closing Date : 6 May, 2020