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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime sucht Programme Management Officer

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 5<y Senior Level  Wien, Wien, Österreich 15 Nov 2016

Job Description


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 Programme Management Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, PAB.

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The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Review all Regional Programmes (RPs), Country Programmes (CPs) and Thematic Programmes (TPs) prior to their submission to the Programme Review Committee (PRC) to ensure the “alignment” of the corporate strategic vision with the operational priorities, thus improving the consistency and coherence of UNODC’s strategy and operations (i.e. Medium Term Strategy, Strategic Framework, Thematic/Global Programmes, RPs/CPs, inter-regional initiatives) to strengthen the operational linkages between the TPs and the RPs/CPs; perform an overall “alignment” and “quality control“ role by advising substantive offices on the inclusion of specific interventions and programmes aimed at furthering strategic priorities. 
  • 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; reinforce the „upstream“ role of the field-based programmes, assisting them in shifting from project delivery to more policy, sector and programmatic interventions; assist in developing management information systems to allow for creation of integrated programming vehicles while simplifying procedures for operational staff. 
  • Coordinate and strengthen the interaction with relevant think-tanks and academia world-wide on policy and strategic issues related to crime and drugs, and support the creation of „knowledge networks“ across regions; in particular, coordinate and review best practices, criteria, methodologies and activities and coordinate and lead work on developing a user-friendly „knowledge management“ system for UNODC staff. 
  • Provide advice to management and staff on the overall strategic development of the Office and prepare background notes plus briefings for Senior Managers on emerging issues including recommended courses of action.
  • Plan, oversee and coordinate the management of activities undertaken by the Unit; ensure that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion. Plan, coordinate and oversee the work of staff under his/her supervision.
  • Ensure that the outputs produced by the Unit maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensure that all outputs produced by the Unit meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.Perform 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 the work of others, lead a team 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.

Managerial Competencies

  • Managing 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.
  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


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 experience in programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience in strategic programme planning and related operational implementation as well as programme/project development and implementation is highly 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.


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


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