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Programme Coordinator (Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling)


  • Organization: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Migration
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) in Cairo, Egypt. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, and the direct supervision of the Regional Programme Coordinator), located in ROMENA. For more information on UNODC, please visit:
Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the overall implementation and direction of UNODC projects and initiatives in the areas of human trafficking and migrant smuggling (HTMS). S/he will be responsible for the following specific tasks: • Lead, coordinate and manage the development, implementation and evaluation of the regional project “Strengthening the Framework of the Arab Region to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling” in the MENA region focusing on preventing and countering human trafficking and migrant smuggling in line with the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its respective protocols, the respective project document and UN policies, strategies, rules and regulations. • Act as regional focal point, develop partnerships and participate in UN-wide and other coordination mechanisms and working-groups, in relation to HTMS with a view to facilitate internal and inter-agency coordination, mobilize support for joint programmes and resources for HTMS work in the region. • Liaise and engage with national and regional stakeholders and partners in advocating for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its respective protocols on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants • Develop strong partnerships and liaise on substantive issues with government counterparts, donors, international and regional organizations, institutions, entities, inter-governmental organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, to facilitate and expand the delivery of UNODC technical cooperation on HTMS. • Liaise with donors, undertake and consult fundraising activities with a view to develop concept notes and proposals to expand the programme. • Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. • Identify needs in research, analysis and policy development on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and related crimes in coordination with other relevant UNODC HQ sections with a view to develop evidence-based policies. • Ensure regular communication with member states and programme/project donors and ensure that reporting obligations and other obligations towards the donors are fulfilled in a timely manner. Initiate and facilitate programme/project evaluation, draft terms of reference for evaluations, coordinate and organize programme/project review meetings and evaluations, including engagement and coordination with internal and external partners, as necessary. • Organize and coordinate the preparation and drafting of a variety of written outputs, such as concept notes, project proposals, technical publications, background papers, progress reports, evaluation reports, mission reports, briefings and presentations. • Prepare, lead and participate in needs assessment and technical assistance missions, including the coordination of staff and non-staff personnel during multi-country research missions, and the organization and leadership of local, national, regional and inter-regional training workshops and coordination meetings. • Lead and manage the regional project team ensuring effective implementation and management of the activities and coordination with respective related technical sections, global and regional projects. • Manage and supervise the work of staff and non-staff personnel of the project team and guide and coordinate the project activities • Manage all administrative and financial matters in relation to the implementation of the programme and related reporting to UNODC management, i.e. budget revisions, project revisions, year-end closing of accounts, narrative and financial ad hoc reports, review of procurement cases, liaising with UNDP Country Offices and other implementing partners, review of terms of reference for consultants, quality control for all administrative, financial and reporting documents linked to the programme/project(s) before submission, etc. • In close coordination with ROMENA management and the communications team as well as UNHQ sections, ensure visibility of and promote UNODC efforts on human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the MENA region as appropriate. • Perform other work-related duties as may be required.
Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and sound practices relevant to combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling (HTMS). Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, judiciary, prosecution, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, organized crime, and/or related areas. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has the ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and conveying resulting information to management. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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. Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. 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. Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal justice, criminology, law, international relations, political science, public administration, or 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.
Job - Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in preventing and countering trafficking in persons/migrant smuggling, rule-of-law based criminal justice responses, international relations or related area is required. Experience in international technical cooperation at the international level, programme management and development, partnership-building and resource mobilization is required. Work experience in a field environment is desirable. Work experience in UN inter-agency work is desirable. Experience in data analytics or related area 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 Arabic or French is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment will be subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 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. Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future 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. 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. Cairo is classified in the A category (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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
No Fee
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