Project Coordinator (Strategic Vision for Africa & AIRCOP)

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Application deadline 14 days ago: Friday 23 Apr 2021


This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about P-3 contracts and their salaries.

Org. Setting and Reporting The position is located within the UNODC Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of RSAME.

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Responsibilities The Project Coordinator (Strategic Vision for Africa & AIRCOP) will provide support to substantive and technical aspects linked to the rolling out of the Strategic Vision for Africa and act as Focal Point for the project “Establishment of real-time operational communication between international airports” (AIRCOP).

S/he will provide support to ensuring that the Strategic Vision for Africa (SV-A) is translated into relevant practical vehicles for implementation adapted to ‘during- and post-COVID-19’. S/he will foster an enabling environment to execute the projects during- and post-COVID19 by providing substantive support to the development of an advocacy and of communication strategies for the Strategic Vision for Africa. As team member of RSAME and in line with the workplan of the Regional Section, s/he will also provide backstopping support to all Regional Offices covered by the Regional Section.

The Project Coordinator (Strategic Vision for Africa & AIRCOP) will serve as focal point for AIRCOP vis-à-vis other UNODC Sections and Field Offices, as well as external actors by keeping abreast of the developments in counter-narcotics, countering terrorism, organized crime and illicit trafficking in the respective region. S/he will liaise closely at the operational level with other Regional Offices under which AIRCOP regional coordinators are based, as well as relevant Sections at the headquarters in Vienna, and ensure good cross-feeding also with Interpol, the World Customs Organization (WCO), and other relevant regional law enforcement and security forums within her/his geographic area.

In particular, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide all necessary backstopping support to the Regional Offices covered by the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME).

  • Undertake diagnostic analysis of COVID related and other emerging challenges in Africa carried out to provide support to ensuring that the SV-A is appropriately translated into practice.

  • As member of a team coordinate the drafting of large-scale programmes to implement the SV-A.

  • Provide support in drafting a communication strategy to expand and enhance cooperation and partnership with international partners, e.g. International Funding Institutions (IFIs), the private and especially the technology sector and other stakeholders.

  • Analyze the possibility to target potential new and traditional partners at the strategic and integrated level for increased partnerships to develop concept notes aimed at implementing innovative solutions, particularly in terms of technologies used, gathering support from various thematic sections in Vienna.

  • Support the development and translation of technologically innovative advocacy material, including printed materials and at least one animated video.

  • Support the global implementation of the AIRCOP project and work in close coordination with the AIRCOP Global Coordinator, support fostering cooperation between the Regional AIRCOP teams, as well as between AIRCOP and UNODC headquarters (HQ), as well as contribute concretely to AIRCOP’s field implementation and expansion, across existing and new geographic regions.

  • Coordinate the communication aspects of the implementation of the AIRCOP project, using innovative advocacy materials, including social media, with a view towards fundraising, and represent AIRCOP, when necessary, at field or HQ-level.

  • Provide substantive support to the preparation and coordination of the drafting of any applicable documents and required follow-ups for the implementation of the project, notably for project steering committees and annual meetings, as well as all necessary correspondence, progress reports, Memoranda of Understanding and narrative reports.

  • Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections or reports and studies, inputs to publications, briefing notes and summary reports in relation to those tasks.

  • Perform other work-related duties as required.

    Competencies - Professionalism: Has good knowledge of UNODC mandates, policies and practices including counter-narcotics and crime prevention operations. Has understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategy development, project and staff management, fundraising, and law enforcement. 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 identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plans own work and manages 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.

    Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, business administration, management 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 five years of relevant professional work experience in project/programme planning and management at the national or international level is required. At least three years of work experience at the international level in the area of drug and/or crime prevention is required. Working experience in the United Nations system and/or field office or in an international organization is desirable. Working experience in Africa is desirable.

    Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

    Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

    Special Notice - This position is temporarily available for a period of four months. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may be administered as a temporary assignment.

  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

  • At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

  • The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

  • Vienna is classified an H and a family duty station

    United Nations Considerations According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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