Project Support Officer

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

The Gulf of Aden and Red Sea sub-programme of UNODC's Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP GARS) assists Somalia to address maritime crime. Under the programme, UNODC delivers support to the maritime law enforcement authorities and corrections service. GMCP GARS's success has been derived from the delivery of sustainable capacity building through the placement of experts as mentors for our beneficiaries. For Maritime Law Enforcement, mentors in seamanship, marine engineering, maritime law enforcement, and communications are embedded with regional maritime law enforcement authorities In Mogadishu, Bossaso and Berbera. Also, international prison experts in collaboration with Swedish Prison and Probation Service station in Garowe and Hargeisa to deliver mentoring for day-to-day monitoring and advisory but also specific training such as prevention of violent extremist.

This position is located in the UNODC, Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) office, UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), in Nairobi, Kenya for an initial period of 1 months and 11 months in Mogadishu. The incumbent will perform his/her duties and responsibilities under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, GMCP GARS.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the project coordinator or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Project Support Officer will assist in the implementation of activities that are carried out under the “GMCP GARS” dealing with maritime crime and criminal justice chain. In particular the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Support the development, implementation and evaluation of the programme activities under the GMCP GARS, particularly those related to Maritime Crime, and Criminal justice;

Conduct research to identifying technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of maritime law enforcement and other criminal justice authorities in the region, including improved detention and transfer activities;

Provide input on project/programme and/or budget re-visions, the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of references and other related project documentation on maritime crime;

Contribute with substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies;

Support the engagement with national counterparts in Somalia to facilitate implementation of capacity building activities in support of the Maritime Law Enforcement capacity building activities implemented by GMCP GARS;

Related to the above task, support monitoring and evaluation activities of the GARS Programme support by developing, participating and supporting evaluation of GMCP GARS activities, including compiling and collating information to be submitted to UNODC experts and management for further analysis;

Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, briefing notes, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc, relating to maritime crime issues in the region;

Provide administrative and substantive support to the regional programme coordinator in view of consultative and other meetings, workshops, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing back-ground documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc;

Provide administrative action related to the procurement of equipment and services including drafting of TOR for procurements, contracts for consultants, related payment requests, and monitoring and follow-up on such requests in line with UN financial rules and regulations;

Support field missions to locations in the region where GMCP carries out programme activities, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc; Perform any other duties as required/assigned.

Results/expected outputs

As an active UNODC team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNODC GARS and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

Well researched and sound analysis of issues and developments in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice. Thorough and well written contributions

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNODC; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNODC procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;

justice, or development sector, or other relevant programmes; experience with maritime crime is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization; related programming in post-conflict environments and least developed countries is an asset; Experience in prison reform, prison management and related project management is an asset; experience in volunteerism is an asset; Experience working with Somali Government Institutions is an asset; • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; • Sound security awareness;

The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; National Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Counties are further divided into sub-counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO).

Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up-country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP. The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.

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