Programme Officer (Container Control Programme), P3

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 16

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Implementation Support Section (ISS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator of the Container Control Programme (GLOG80) and overall guidance of the Chief of the Implementation Support Section. The focus of the UNODC Container Control Programme (CCP) is to assist law enforcement agencies to identify and inspect high-risk containers.


The Programme Officer will work in the Programme Management Team of CCP and support the implementation and backstopping of the Container Control Programme (GLOG80). Specifically, he/she will undertake the following tasks:

  • Plan, coordinate and implement project strategies and activities as outlined in the project document;
  • Fundraise and liaise with donor countries, including through overseeing reporting requirements;
  • Expedite and endorse submissions according to UNODC procedures and the project document, ensure timely project reviews, revisions, monitoring and completion of related reporting obligations, etc.;
  • Oversee the human rights related aspects of the Container Control Programme, including implementation of human rights training sessions for law enforcement officers;
  • Contribute to the CCP Women’s Network, in particular by delivering gender sensitisation training sessions, provide input to the Women’s Network Newsletter and raise the Network’s profile among Member States;
  • Participate in the implementation of selected programme components, including on wildlife and environmental crime;
  • Guide and liaise with consultants, project personnel, donors, institutions and counterparts in countries concerned towards the achievement of project objectives;
  • Participate in organizing, implementing and delivering training courses, seminars, working groups, and workshops;
  • Undertake general and administrative arrangements, including preparing funding requests, and liaising with national authorities and international organizations;
  • Promote UNODC’s menu of services and portfolio growth under all mandate areas;
  • Perform other work related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to areas related to drugs and crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of human rights and gender issues in the context of law enforcement. Has some knowledge of UN policies, rules and regulations, administrative and programmatic procedures. Has good analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given. Is able to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Has excellent presentational and drafting skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style. 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 and 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, political science, social sciences, human rights or related 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the area of crime prevention and/or criminal justice is required. At least one year experience at field level is required. Experience in developing and delivering training programmes for customs and law enforcement officers on human rights and gender is highly desirable. Experience with the United Nations System or similar international organization is highly desirable. Experience in technical assistance delivery and in project development and implementation is highly desirable.


English and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

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