Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention), P3

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Manila, Philippines
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 01

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Office in the Philippines (POPHIL) with duty station Manila, under the Regional Office for South East Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will report to the Programme Officer (Counter Terrorism) based in Bangkok, Thailand, as First Reporting Officer and to the Chief of the Implementation Support Section I of the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), at UNODC headquarters in Vienna, as Second Reporting Officer.


Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Provide substantive expertise and support for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UNODC technical assistance mandate on criminal justice responses to terrorism and violent extremism in South East Asia and the Pacific;
  • Review, research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources on matters pertaining to counterterrorism (CT) and preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), keeping abreast of developments in the international and regional normative frameworks on CT and P/CVE, as well as emerging threats and operational trends, in order to support well-informed managerial decisions on programmes and projects’ design, implementation and monitoring;
  • Coordinate and liaise closely with government counterparts and other key stakeholders, including UN entities and other international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector, when appropriate and as necessary, for the effective organization and delivery of technical assistance and capacity-building activities on CT and P/CVE matters;
  • Participate, facilitate and/or provide substantive expertise at conferences, seminars, workshops, roundtable discussions, consultative meetings, and any other relevant fora on CT and P/CVE-related matters, as instructed;
  • Provide substantive and operational guidance to Programme Associates, Programme Assistants and external consultants supporting the implementation of projects under the incumbent’s purview;
  • Contribute to and/or prepare various written outputs such as, inter alia, briefing notes, concept notes, agendas, project proposals and progress reports, and exercise quality-control over technical inputs to publications and other technical assistance tools;
  • Keep regular track of projects’ expenditures, to ensure alignment with initial budget allocations;
  • Promote, develop and/or enhance operational synergies with other UNODC global, regional and country initiatives in related areas of the organization’s mandate, such as, inter alia, transnational organized crime, cybercrime, juvenile justice, border management, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering;
  • Contribute to enhanced collaboration and coordination with other UN bodies responsible for CT and/or P/CVE issues, such as the United Nations Office for Counter Terrorism, the United Nations Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team pursuant to Resolutions 1526 (2004) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida and the Taliban and associated individuals and entities, the UN Development Programme and UN Women, among others, as well as with external partners working in the field of CT and P/CVE;
  • Promote and strengthen a human rights and rule of law-based approach to CT and P/CVE, as well as a gender perspective into UNODC overall delivery of services in these areas;
  • Contribute to the organization’s outreach and resource-mobilization efforts;
  • Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


Professionalism: Demonstrated professional competence and expert knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice issues, in particular to countering terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism. Knowledge of the international policy and legal frameworks on terrorism and violent extremism, and a sound understanding of the institutional architecture around these matters. Has knowledge of the mandate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in terrorism prevention. Has demonstrated competence and expertise in planning, coordinating and management support for the delivery of technical assistance activities (especially: needs analysis, programme conceptualization and write-up; programme coordination, liaison and reporting; and budgetary and financial monitoring). Is able to contribute to designing, organizing and conducting technical assistance activities. Has sound analytical skills and is able to identify problems and to contribute to problem-solving. Shows commitment to achieving high quality outputs, timeliness, conscientiousness, attention to detail and ability to bring matters to closure. 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public or business administration, project management or related fields, is required. Specialization in criminal law, legal and related aspects of terrorism prevention and their international dimensions is highly desirable. A first-level university degree 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 and directly relevant professional experience in the criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention or in crime prevention, criminal justice, rule of law, human rights or closely related field is required. Experience in planning, coordinating and implementing technical assistance activities is required. Working experience in Southeast Asia and/or the Pacific is highly desirable. Working experience with governmental or intergovernmental organizations on criminal justice and crime prevention issues is highly desirable.


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

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