Programme Management Officer - Temporary, P4

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Feb 22

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Strategic Planning and Inter-Agency Affairs Unit (SPIA), Public Affairs and Policy Support Branch (PAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief/OiC, SPIA.


The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Monitor and analyse programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions.
  • Plan and implement critical systems and processes related to results-based management, including results-based reporting, and use of new Management Information systems and applications for programme planning, monitoring and reporting.
  • Provide support in managing the secretariat of the Programme Review Committee by reviewing all Regional Programmes (RPs), Country Programmes (CPs) and Global Programmes (GPs) prior to their submission to the Programme Review Committee (PRC) to ensure that they are in line with the agreed policies and strategies, the Management Instruction on PRC, the Office's results-based management principles and operational priorities.
  • Facilitate the timely development of the UNODC annual Programme Plan and Budget, in close consultation with sub-programme leads and supporting related inter-governmental processes.
  • Review and evaluate programmes and documents and support the implementation and monitoring of the 2021-25 UNODC Strategy by ensuring consistency and coherence with the Programme Plan and Budget, as well as other UNODC strategic documents, plans and policies.
  • Coordinate interaction with relevant staff and support the implementation and consolidation of the UNODC integrated programme approach by strengthening the integration of UNODC normative services, research and analysis, and technical assistance.
  • Support senior management in engagement with other parts of the UN system, notably the High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and the Chief Executives’ Board (CEB), to identify strategic entry points in interagency discussions for mainstreaming UNODC mandates. Coordinate strategic and policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Guide the mainstreaming of the 2030 Agenda into the work of the UNODC and represent UNODC in select interagency mechanisms on the same subject and other issues related to strategic planning.
  • Performs other work-related duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to programme management and development. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and knowledge of policies, strategies, concepts and operational approaches relevant to the Office’s goals. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to identify key strategic issues, formulate opinions and concepts and make conclusions and recommendations. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, programme management, economics or a 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in programme management, administration or related area is required
  • Experience in results-based management, strategic programme planning and related programme/project development, monitoring and implementation is required.
  • Experience in managing inter-agency affairs is desirable.
  • Experience in using ERP (such as SAP) is desirable.


  • 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 advantage.

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