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Project Officer



The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime assists Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. The UNODC Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) is located in New Delhi (India) and covers six countries of the region: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. UNODC’s Regional Programme for South Asia “Promoting the rule of law and countering drugs and crime in South Asia (2018-2021)” has five sub-programmes relating to (1) combatting transnational organized crime, (2) a comprehensive and balanced approach to counter the drug problem which includes drug trafficking and drugs and health (drug use prevention, treatment and care and HIV prevention, treatment and care and support services for people who use drugs and for people in prisons), (3) countering corruption, (4) terrorism prevention and (5) crime prevention & criminal justice.

Current operational activities in Nepal relate mainly to sub-programme 1) with a focus on addressing trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants and sub-programme 2) with a focus on HIV prevention treatment and care among women who use drugs and women in prisons. There are prospects for new activities related to the other sub-programmes under the Regional Programme for South Asia.  In order to implement activities under the Sub-programme 5: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, UNODC wishes to hire the services of a Project Officer under the project titled “Support to Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform (GLOT63)” to prevent violence against women (VAW).

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships:

This position is located in UNODC ROSA’s Programme Office in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Project Officer will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for South Asia and substantive guidance of the Deputy Representative UNODC Regional Office for South Asia and under the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator in Nepal.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Ensure substantive and financial implementation of project activities under the project “Support to Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform (GLOT63)”;
  • Support on-going law reform initiatives on Gender Based Violence (GBV) issues (including advocacy to parliamentarians, caucus, media, bar association, women’s rights NGOs, activists);
  • Attend and support the Programme Coordinator in technical consultations with participating countries, donors and other actors on measures against trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants;
  • Participate in the Joint UN Programme and relevant forums, working group on UNODC relevant mandates, especially regarding GBV, Violence against women and joint UN programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence;
  • Prepare a variety of written quality outputs, reports, advocacy materials and documents in line with reporting requirements and as required both for internal and external use;
  • Support to ensure timely implementation of activities under the financial and programmatic oversight of UNODC’s Regional Office for South Asia located in New Delhi- through close consultation with Programme, Finance, and HR colleagues;
  • Assist the Programme Coordinator in developing funding proposals and exploring new funding opportunities;
  • Undertake other relevant duties as required.


Good knowledge and command of planning, programming budgeting, financial management and other relevant administrative policies. Demonstrated ability to provide effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues.

Planning and organization:
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; uses time efficiently.

Respect for diversity:
Treats all people with dignity and respect, with no discrimination against any individual or group.

Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks and to translate them into a realistic assistance programme.

Takes ownership of all responsibility and honors commitments; delivers outputs in line with agreed schedules, budgets and quality standards in line with prevailing rules, regulations and procedures.

Proven and sustained communication (oral and written) skills, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying the maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations. 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.

Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcoming.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Completion of Master’s degree or equivalent degree in social sciences, international relations, law, economics, international development or other relevant field.  


  • 5 years of experience working on gender-based violence, human rights, countering trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, organizing and facilitating trainings/workshops, etc.;
  • Proven expertise and knowledge of international standards and guidelines;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Power point, etc.);
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English and Nepali;
  • Experience in programme and project management, including design, implementation, and monitoring of technical assistance projects;
  • Experience in advocacy and fund-raising;
  • Knowledge of UN policies, practices, standards, in particular UNODC will be an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required.


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieve work force diversity (in terms of nationality, minority groups, caste/ ethnic groups, persons with disability etc.) and has a policy to have gender balance among staff at all levels.  Qualified female candidates and candidates particularly from disadvantaged and socially excluded groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with highest confidentiality.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: kathmandu
  • Grade: SB-4, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-25

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