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Programme Officer (Drug Demand Reduction Expert), P3 At United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime

Date Posted: 25/Sep/2013
Deadline: 23/Oct/2013


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Abuja. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, Senegal and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator of the project “Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on illicit drug trafficking, organized crime related to it and drug abuse in West Africa” based in Abuja.  The incumbent will receive substantive guidance from the Chief, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section at UNODC headquarters in Vienna and work closely with officers in the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) in Dakar, Senegal.  Administratively, the staff member will report to the UNODC Representative, CONIG. 

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The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties; 

• In close consultation with relevant UNODC staff both at headquarters and in the field design, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate all assigned activities related to the prevention of drug use and the treatment of drug users to be conducted within the framework of the project “Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on illicit drug trafficking, organized crime related to it and drug abuse in West Africa”; 
• Provide support and advice to the ECOWAS Drug Unit with regard to project/programme development, monitoring and evaluation in the area of drug demand reduction technical assistance and service delivery. Provide substantive assistance also within the framework of the Drug Unit’s regular activities; 
• Develop and maintain a substantive dialogue with and between national counterpart governments on project activities and expected outcomes; 
• Prepare specialized materials, operational documents and technical publications to facilitate the implementation of parts of the project assigned; 
• Lead and/or participate in assessment missions, including the provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries; 
• Organize and facilitate national and regional training workshops, study tours, etc.; 
• Contribute to all substantive and financial reports linked to the implementation of the parts of the project assigned, in particular quarterly, semi-annual and annual project progress reports, annual financial reports, etc.; 
• Prepare/review all correspondence linked to the implementation of parts of the project assigned; 
• Participate in the recruitment of personnel required for the implementation of the project by participating in panel interviews, by evaluating candidates' applications and qualifications, by drafting substantive recommendations, reports and terms of reference/job descriptions, etc.; 
• Perform other duties as required.



• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug control and crime prevention, specifically related to drug abuse prevention and treatment. Has good knowledge of the institutional and medical aspects of preventing and treating drug abuse. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is familiar with training curricula development, medical treatment protocols, international cooperation mechanisms, as well as with programme planning and implementation. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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 and the national authorities 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. 
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public health, social science or in another relevant discipline 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 experience in managing drug prevention and/or treatment programmes at the national and international level is required. Experience in developing, managing and monitoring projects is required. Experience in coordinating and leading a team is desirable. Experience in working with United Nations programme policies, guidelines and procedures in drug prevention and/or treatment  as well as with project management tools is desirable. Work experience in a United Nations field office, particularly in West Africa, is an asset. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognized by the United Nations.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French, i.e. oral and written proficiency, with proven drafting and communication skills is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese is an asset.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be 
fora period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the 
mandateand/or the availability of funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the 
Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to 
moveperiodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules 
and procedures.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee


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