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Jobs at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)



Jobs at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a United Nations office that was established in 1997 as the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention by combining the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in the United Nations Office at Vienna. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and was renamed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2002.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:


Job Title: Programme Officer
Location: Abuja
Grade: P3
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-187485-P- (E)
Job Code Title: Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Organisation Setting and Reporting

  • This position is located in various UNODC Regional or Country Offices in the context of global programmes managed by the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), Laboratory and Scientific Services (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
  • The Programme Officer will work under the overall guidance of the Chief, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator of GLOK32 - Partnerships for Treatment and Care of Drug Use Disorders – including the UNODC-WHO Programme on Drug Dependence Treatment and Care and of the relevant UNODC Representative.
  • In addition, the work will be carried out in close coordination and relevant Regional Sections and other substantive units at UNODC headquarters Vienna, as well as other relevant field offices.


  • Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks that might pertain at the global and/or the relevant national/regional levels and that relate to the thematic areas of work of the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (drug prevention, drug treatment and access to controlled medicines), with a particular emphasis on the treatment, care and rehabilitation of drug use disorders:
  • Develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes / projects; monitor and analyze the project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions;
  • Carry out general and administrative arrangements for the assigned programmes / projects, including preparation of funding requests and briefs, project progress and implementation delivery rate reports; liaise with regional, national and donor authorities, United Nations agencies and other international and regional organizations;
  • Perform assignments for substantive/technical programming on demand reduction and especially treatment of drug use disorders in consultation with the relevant UNODC field representatives and in collaboration with the relevant UNODC substantive section and the relevant governmental counterparts.
  • Support initiatives to summarize and disseminate scientific evidence.
  • Provide and coordinate the provision of technical advice to UNODC Field Offices on country and regional programmes.
  • Research, analyze and report on data gathered through the Annual Reports Questionnaire and other diverse sources, as it pertains to responses of Member States, and support the substantive servicing of the governing bodies of UNODC;
  • Lead and/or participate in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.;
  • Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.);
  • Advise trainers, experts, computer specialists, consultants and other resource persons in their preparations for, and participation in project activities;
  • Act as a resource person and /or moderator in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings;
  • Support the adaptation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
  • Coordinate policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
  • Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Perform other work related duties as required.


  • Advanced University Degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in Medicine, Psychology, Social Sciences, Public Health, Education or related area 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 progressively responsible professional work experience in project or programme development, management, administration or related area is required.
  • Work experience in the field of drug demand reduction, especially in drug dependence treatment and care is required.
  • Working experience in the United Nations system or a similar international organization is 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.


  • Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug demand reduction, particularly drug dependence treatment and care.
  • Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in their resolution.
  • 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.
  • Possesses 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.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  • Listens to others, correctly; interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
  • Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication 
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience 
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • 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.


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


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline  2nd September, 2022.

Special Notice

  • This is a generic job opening for purpose of creating a roster of qualified candidates for immediate and anticipated job openings in various duty stations.
  • The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions and field operations in various duty stations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the roster. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

No Fee:

  • The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training).
  • The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts


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