Senior Programme Officer (Law Enforcement and Head of Programme Office), P5

Senior Programme Officer (Law Enforcement and Head of Programme Office), P5

UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Office in Côte d’Ivoire (POCIV) with duty station in Abidjan, and operates under the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa and the overall guidance of the Deputy Director, Division for Operations on matters related to the African Development Bank. The incumbent will also work in consultation with, and taking technical guidance from, the Chief of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), in close coordination with the Chief of the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME), based at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Develop a strategy for engagement with the African Development Bank (ADB); establish and maintain fruitful relations with key counterparts within the ADB;
  • Act as the Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Côte d’Ivoire and undertake inter-agency cooperation including representation in the United Nations Country Team;
  • Contribute towards UN-wide strategic planning and cooperation in the field, in particular with the UN Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) and the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG). Ensure that drugs/crime related issues are embedded in key UN programmatic instruments such as the Common Country Analysis and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF);
  • Advise DO management on dynamics in the region related to or resulting from the UN Development System Reform and 2030 Agenda based on close interaction with other UNODC Field Offices, and HQ divisions. Oversee programme development and resource mobilization by coordinating the development of all new projects under the purview of the Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking team. Direct team members in programme/project implementation, monitoring and assessment. Oversee the review of relevant documents and reports. Identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions. Liaise with relevant parties; identify and initiate follow-up actions;
  • Coordinate and create synergies with other UN entities and peace keeping missions present in West and Central Africa for programme/project development under the scope of delivering as One-UN. Maintain permanent liaison on law enforcement issues with international bodies and organizations including the G5, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Central African States (ECCAS), regional offices of the International Criminal Police Organization-ICPO-Interpol and the World Customs Organization (WCO) and work closely with liaison officers and donor representatives in charge of enforcement matters in Africa;
  • Keep abreast of developments regarding drug trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, piracy, money-laundering, terrorism and organized crime trends. Coordinate policy development within the team and field office on the specific thematic areas;
  • Provide assistance to Governments on policies, practices and procedures to strengthen the tackling of transnational organized crime. Provide strategic guidance on analytical assessments of the law enforcement institutions in the region (systems and structures), so as to determine weaknesses and capabilities and to identify reform and restructuring needs;
  • Oversee and contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analyses, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Direct the coordination and organization of consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
  • Lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and draft mission reports, etc.;
  • Support HQ initiatives and global programmes, wherever possible. Build synergies and incorporate global UNODC initiatives when elaborating country assessments or providing technical advice to law enforcement agencies. Incorporate global initiatives in the design and implementation of new projects;
  • Serve as an effective spokesperson for UNODC and UNODC ROSEN and establish collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the Organization. When required, represent UNODC and the ROSEN Regional Director, in different events namely, meetings, conferences, international working groups and networks;
  • Ensure effective utilization, supervision and development of staff. Guide, evaluate and mentor/coach staff, ensuring opportunity for staff professional career development. Participate in the selection process of international and national staff;
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories and practices relevant to combating organized crime, illicit drug trafficking, terrorism, money-laundering, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices. Has excellent operational knowledge of all UNODC drug supply reduction and transnational organized crime mandate areas. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategy development, project and staff management, fundraising, and law enforcement. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to generate and communicate broad and compelling organisational direction. Is able to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development and management of operations. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work 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; and shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • Planning and 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; and uses time efficiently;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands; provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; and demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; and makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, law, public administration, political or social sciences, international relations or similar 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 ten years of progressively responsible professional work experience in project/programme management in areas related to combating organized crime and illicit trafficking is required;
  • Working experience in one or several UNODC mandate areas is required;
  • Experience in leading and managing personnel is required;
  • Working experience with project management tools within the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable;
  • Working experience in a United Nations or similar organization's field office is desirable;
  • Working experience in Africa is desirable.


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

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