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National Project Officer

Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Background

The overall objective of the Global Programme for Strengthening the Capacities of Member States to Prevent and Combat (transnational) Organized and Serious Crimes (GPTOC) is to, “assist Member States to implement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) convention more effectively, in line with international human rights standards.”  This is achieved by providing awareness raising and technical assistance/tools to criminal justice officials, civil society and the private sector in cross cutting and specialized areas such as; international cooperation in criminal matters, the smuggling of migrants, trafficking in natural resources and in wildlife, trafficking in persons, victim and witness protection and prosecutorial skills.

A particular focus is to enhance the effectiveness of central and competent authorities for mutual legal assistance and extradition and to strengthen the knowledge and skills of magistrates, prosecutors and police in international cooperation in criminal matters, including on how to preserve and request electronic evidence, the exchange of good practices and the dissemination of tools. This emphasis is in line with Resolution 8/1 of the Conference of the Parties to the Organized Crime Convention (COP) entitled, “Enhancing the effectiveness of central authorities in international cooperation in criminal matters to counter transnational organized crime.

One way GPTOC supports central authorities is through establishing and strengthening regional “judicial cooperation networks” or “networks of central authorities” as tools to facilitate direct contacts and the sharing of information to overcome obstacles to cooperation.  The networks aim to assist authorities dealing with all forms of organized and serious crime and indirectly, corruption and terrorism. As per SCR 2322, the networks also address cooperation in terrorism related crimes and, so they are now to be implemented in cooperation with the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB).

Three networks exist focusing on judicial cooperation, including the Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors from Source, Transit and Destination Countries in response to Transnational Organized Crime in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus (CASC).

The programme support is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals specifically:

  • Goal 16.3  “promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all” and 16.a, “Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime;”
  • By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime.

The National Project Officer will be located in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Official and overall supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, the National Project Officer will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the programme. In particular, the incumbent will be required to:

  • Support all activities related to the implementation of the Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors from Source, Transit and Destination Countries in response to Transnational Organized Crime in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus (CASC);
  • Coordinate with the Governments and implement all programme activities, including procurement, training, seminars, workshops and meetings;
  • Monitor and control the programme budget (ROCA segment), draft annual budget proposals, review and revise the budget when necessary;
  • Prepare monitoring reports (quarterly, semi-annual and annual);
  • Develop and implement an advocacy plan; draft and disseminate CASC network newsletters and a website;
  • Identify consultancy needs, develop terms of reference for the proposed consultancies and assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of consultants;
  • Prepare documentation and collate papers, etc., prepared by UNODC or consultants, including background materials, training courses and meetings, briefing notes, working papers etc.;
  • Contribute to fund-raising by preparing draft proposals and funding requests for donor meetings and missions, liaise with national authorities and international organizations;
  • Coordinate activities within the project with related UNODC projects as well as with the activities implemented by other bi- and multilateral partners in the region;
  • Contribute to needs assessment activities, drafting technical assistance proposals and joint initiatives in the areas of UNODC’s mandates related to rule of law, organized crime and illicit (drug) trafficking in close collaboration with the UN and other international and regional agencies, national partners, non-governmental and civil society organizations;
  • Attend technical and coordination meetings with the UN agencies, national counterparts and civil society organizations when required;
  • Collect and examine data/information on legal matters and related activities of the CIS region;
  • Support assessment missions and legislative reviews;
  • Perform other related duties as required in the scope of current position.

Competencies

Integrity: Demonstrate the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular.

Professionalism: Very good analytical and problem-solving skills, sound judgement, motivation by professional rather than personal concerns, capability to manage stressful situations, programme/project management training is an advantage. Ability to identify key strategic issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.

Communication:  Good interpersonal and communication skills; 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.

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 & 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.

Accountability:  Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:    

University degree in law.

Experience:    

Minimum three years of experience in project management and/or working on legal matters with international organizations. Experience with the UN will be an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Russian with excellent drafting skills. Knowledge of local as well as other Central Asia languages is desirable.

Computer skills:    

Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications (Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.).

Others:    

Knowledge of various administrative procedures of the United Nations system would be desirable.
 

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
  • Grade: SB-4, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-10-01

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