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Project Coordinator (Capacity Building), P4 At United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime

Date Posted: 16/Sep/2013
Deadline: 13/Oct/2013

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Project Core Team of the project “Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime” in the UNODC Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), with duty station Lagos, Integrated Programme and Oversight Branch (IPB), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  The Project Coordinator (Capacity Building) will work under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the Country Representative, CONIG who will be supported by the Programme Management Officer (Head of Programme Support Team). The incumbent will maintain close consultation with UNODC headquarters in Vienna, in particular with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME) and with other relevant substantive sections. 

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The incumbent will perform the following duties: 

•    Implement the project “Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime”.    
•    Coordinate the implementation, evaluation and overall management of the project according to approved project document/revisions, the Contribution Agreement with the European Union (EU), other donor funding agreements, if any, United Nations policies and financial rules and regulations, and costed work plans.  
•    Provide specialized substantive expertise in the area of drugs trafficking, drug use and related organized crime, to support drug control efforts of relevant stakeholders in Nigeria;  coordinate policy development; legislation reviews, drug assessments, related organized crime trends and threats, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies, and direct the organization and conduct of training workshops, seminars, dissemination of public information materials, etc. to support Nigeria in its drug control activities. 
•    Be responsible for carrying out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary in the project logframe for the achievement of expected results based on the performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management. 
•    Liaise effectively with counterparts, development partners and other stakeholders with a view to facilitating the delivery of technical cooperation inputs to Nigerian authorities while avoiding overlap and duplication with the actions of other assistance providers; make project achievements known and identify areas of new assistance. 
•    Coordinate activities related to budget and funding; supervise project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the project; ensure compliance with United Nations financial rules and regulations and initiate project and/or budget revisions. 
•    Identify procurement needs (goods and services) in coordination with the Operations Manager, responsible for procurement in CONIG and contribute to managing human resources allocated to the project by coordinating the work of and guiding subordinates in programme/project development, implementation and assessment; participate in the selection and recruitment process of international and local staff. 
•    Constantly monitor project’s risk log, and draw UNODC’s Representative and projects’ stakeholders’ attention to emerging issues with potentially negative impact on project implementation.
•    Provide substantive support to UNODC Representative in identifying and implementing maximum strategic visibility for project counterparts, donors/partners and UNODC, in particular as regards European Union visibility in line with respective rules and guidelines. 
•    Prepare new project concepts supporting the result areas of the project in line with UNODC strategic frameworks. 
•    Directly implement activities pertaining to Outcome 2 of the project, pertaining to the enhancement of the technical and operational capacity of front line agencies, including law  enforcement institutions/operatives,  fighting drugs and organized crime related activities in Nigeria, with support from other project staff . 
• Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug control and crime prevention.  Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has good knowledge of capacity building for law enforcement institutions/operatives. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual, 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.  Has ability 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; 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. 

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. 

• Managing Performance: Has ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work of others; ability to make timely decisions; ability to coach, mentor, motivate and develop staff and encourage good performance. 
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly. 

• Leadership: Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public or business administration, management 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.


Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the field of law enforcement, drug control or crime prevention in a national, international organization or civil society organization in a multi-cultural setting, out of which several years at the managerial level, is required. Operational experience in the United Nations or similar international organization, experience in implementing projects funded by the European Union and working or living experience in developing countries are desirable. Working experience with financial databases and electronic reporting facilities and managerial tools 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 post advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment Method

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

Special Notice

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 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 move 
periodically 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.

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