Programme Office Needed At UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Cairo

Programme Office Needed At UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Cairo


The position of a programme officer is available at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), based in Cairo.


The incumbent will be responsible for reporting matters within the Regional Office and perform the following specific duties:

  • Maintain a current knowledge of substantive and operational developments in all UNODC mandate areas and related trends at the national and regional levels;
  • Coordinate and guide the work of the UNV Reporting Officer, and national/international consultants/experts, as required;
  • Ensure that the highest quality standards are applied in all project progress reports and evaluations, donor reports, and office reports by acting as quality assurance and evaluation focal point;
  • Coordinate internal consultations for the drafting of ROMENA quarterly reports, annual workplans and annual Regional Programme progress reports;
  • Act as ROMENA focal point for the Office’s contributions to UNODC and UN publications such as UNODC World Drug Report, INCB annual report, Reports of the UN Secretary-General, etc.;
  • Conduct background research on topics assigned (all UNODC mandate areas) and support ROMENA staff in the drafting of proposals;
  • When required, participate in assessment missions and undertake missions to UNODC Programme Offices in order to support the development of project proposals of particular significance;
  • Liaise with Headquarters substantive Sections to request their input to project proposals/concept notes, and review logical frameworks in light of the UNODC quality standards;
  • Develop templates for concept notes and provide advice to staff for project development and budgeting best practices;
  • Draft talking points and background notes for ROMENA management for missions/meetings with external counterparts;
  • Perform other work related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal justice and judicial systems. Has knowledge of policies and practices related to the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good drafting and written communications skills. Has very good research, conceptual analytical and evaluative skills. Is able to identify key issues, opportunities and risks and to analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, demonstrating diplomatic skills. Is able to provide sound technical advice, apply good judgment, manage conflicting priorities as well as oversee and coordinate operations. 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 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; uses time efficiently.

Application Process:

Interested and qualified applicants are to proceed to the online application portal to apply for this job.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for this application is May 30th, 2017.

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