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Criminal Justice And Multidimensional Security (NPO) At United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime (UNODC)

Date Posted: 16/May/2014
Deadline: 30/May/2014


This position is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office in Abuja, Nigeria (CONIG). Under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative and the direct supervision of the Project Manager/Coordinator, the National Project Officer – Criminal Justice and Multidimensional Security (NPO) will provide direct substantive inputs and support to the planning, coordination and implementation of activities aimed at strengthening criminal justice response to multidimensional security in Nigeria. S/he will work in close teaming with other colleagues within the project, to create synergy and ensure full coordination of project activities. S/he will support efforts designed to extend CONIG’s partnerships with various counterparts, including, state governments and authorities, civil society organizations, and private sector entities

Duties and Responsibilities

Criminal Justice / Multidimensional security:

    Provide substantive and liaison support to project activities, particularly those focusing on capacity building for investigators/law enforcement and inter-agency collaboration (e.g. intelligence-investigation-prosecution).
    Coordinate and liaise regularly on project activities planning and implementation with relevant section of UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, national partners (including designated focal points and other senior professionals), staff of UNODC field office in Nigeria, and international partners with field presence in Nigeria.
    Ensure that all necessary information (substantive and financial) for project reports, including reports on budget expenditure, is prepared and presented to the Project Manager in a timely manner and that their quality and detail are up to standard, and where applicable, providing all the necessary support information.
    Advise the Project Manager of local considerations and realities for proper and effective project implementation, as well as on ways to strengthen partnerships with beneficiary institutions.
    Support the Project Manager in following-up communication with beneficiary institutions, including official letters, request for technical assistance, and the process of identification of participants and national experts, including trainers, for activities under the project.
    Provide the necessary support to project activities, as required, and to country missions, including those developed by experts from UNODC Headquarters; and participate in missions in other countries as required.
    Support the development, in close collaboration with beneficiary institutions and other partners, of material to support training and capacity building activities addressing criminal justice practitioners.
    Carry out programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results of the project; provide input to related funding proposals and technical briefings.
    Perform other duties as assigned.



Demonstrated professional competence and expertise in the criminal justice aspects of multidimensional security, especially with respect to the legislative, judiciary, rule of law, and international cooperation aspects; knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice on the national, regional and international levels; knowledge of programme management cycle, including monitoring & evaluation tools; knowledge of monitoring and reporting on results, in particular as regards project impact and areas of improvement; ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.


Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, including ability to prepare reports and make presentations in a variety of fora; ability to conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely, conveying maximum necessary information as well as making and defending recommendations. Possesses excellent drafting and communication skills with proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to match style and format to audience.

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.


Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside of UNODC to achieve organizational goals; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others ideas and expertise; demonstrates willingness 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:
Able to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, and monitor work while prioritizing competing demands; able to work on tight deadlines; knowledge on how to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and projects as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Required Skills and Experience

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in law, criminology, social sciences or related fields.

A minimum of 10 years of progressive responsible experience in project implementation and management is required, especially in planning/implementation of capacity building activities targeting the law enforcement and criminal justice entities in Nigeria. Experience in results-based management, project monitoring, reporting and evaluation is required. Good knowledge of UNODC/TPB work, including legal training tools for criminal justice practitioners would be an advantage. Work experience in the United Nations System and/or the justice system in Nigeria would be an asset.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset.

Additional Information:

A service contract (SC) is a non- staff contract modality used for hiring individuals working in a project or performing non-core functions.

The UN  is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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