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National Programme Officer

New Delhi (India)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi (India)
  • Grade: SB-5 (SC10/SC11), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Peace and Development
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-18

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is the main UN agency in the fight against illicit drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism in virtue of the UN Conventions and Universal Instruments in this regard. The UNODC Regional Office for South Asia (UNODC ROSA) is located in New Delhi (India) and covers six countries of the region: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Under its Regional Programme for South Asia for the period 2018-2021, UNODC is delivering technical assistance to South Asia under the following five sub-programmes: (1) countering transnational organized crime; (2) a comprehensive response to the drug problem (drug trafficking & drugs and health); (3) countering corruption; (4) terrorism prevention; (5) crime prevention and criminal justice.

As a Co-sponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNODC is the convening agency for addressing HIV prevention, treatment, care and support among people who use drugs and in prison settings. In carrying out relevant programme activities, UNODC cooperates with government agencies particularly the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in particular with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO); the Ministry of Home Affairs; NGOs; UN agencies and other international partners.

In order to implement the mentioned programme activities, UNODC wishes to engage a National Programme Officer (HIV/AIDS) located in New Delhi.

The incumbent will work for the HIV/AIDS Programme under the overall supervision and guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for South Asia and substantively under the HIV/AIDS Section in Vienna.

Duties and Responsibilities

Substantive backstopping of HIV/AIDS Programme

  • Lead the implementation of activities under the UBRAF (Unified Budget Results and Accountability Framework) in India.
  • Assist in the assessment of the HIV/AIDS situation in the key areas, the development of effective strategies and reviewing and adapting national HIV/AIDS policy and implementation plans;
  • Assist Government and civil society in building national capacity for enhanced policy development, coordination, sound monitoring and evaluation with regard to HIV/AIDS prevention and care in the UNODC key areas;
  • Keep abreast of the major socio-economic and political trends prevailing in India with special emphasis on social and drug control related issues and provide sound analysis to the country office and headquarters;
  • Facilitate the establishment of technical working groups (both drug use and prisons) involving all relevant stakeholders at the country level and support their functioning;
  • Represent UNODC in the technical working groups, inter-agency task force, UN theme group on AIDS, CCA and UNSDAF working groups, and other relevant forums;
  • Organize and participate as a resource person in advocacy meetings, round-tables, training workshops and other meetings related to specific HIV/AIDS issues;
  • Develop fund-raising proposals and explore funding opportunities to expand the drugs and health portfolio of the Office;
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate technical reports and other relevant materials on the state of the art of prevention and care of HIV/AIDS in the key areas and facilitate dissemination of good practices.

Programme Management

  • Ensure effective and timely implementation and management of the HIV/AIDS Programme;
  • Prepare substantive reports such as activity/project reports, monthly reports to the HIV / AIDS Section, Regional Office, Government and donors;
  • Conduct and coordinate project monitoring and evaluation in accordance to agreed evaluation design and data collection procedures;
  • Assist with the organization and implementation of assessment exercises, project evaluation and thematic evaluations, including drafting of TOR and recruitment of experts as well as ensuring the required follow up to recommendations formulated in reports;


  • Contribute to developing strategic partnerships with key constituencies, including national and local authorities, communities, civil society organizations, private sector, relevant international stakeholder in the country, and other UNAIDS co-sponsors;
  • Functions as a focal point with UNAIDS, as well as with other cosponsors on issues related to the prevention and care of HIV/AIDS in the UNODC key areas;
  • Explore new opportunities for and develop partnerships with key actors such as civil society organizations, private sector and local government;
  • Ensure regular communication with national partners, key stakeholders and other international partners.

Programme development

  • Lead and contribute to programme development and provide inputs to establish technical soundness and appropriateness in the context of HIV/AIDS among people who use drugs, particularly people who inject drugs and in prison settings;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for the HIV programme and ensure the regular monitoring of financial reports/transactions for all entrusted resources;
  • Maintain regular liaison with key donors and identify resource mobilization opportunities;
  • Participate in programme development meetings and/or mission as required.


  • Undertake any other related HIV duties assigned by the supervisor.

Results expected:

  • Effective support of the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of assigned programmes.
  • Effective provision of technical backstopping and guidance on a wide range of technical assistance-related issues including resource mobilization



  • Knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to areas related to drug and crime.
  • Knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
  • Knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues.
  • Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.
  • 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.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • asks questions to clarify, 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.


  • 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.


Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification:

•    University degree, preferably advanced, in public health, medicine, or Social Science or related fields.


  • 5-7 years of professional experience at the national level in the field of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes pertaining to people who use drugs, specifically those who inject and people in prison settings.
  • Project development and management experience in public health or related areas is required. Specific project management experience on HIV prevention, treatment and care will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of and/or practical experience in the area of organization and delivery of training programmes in the field of HIV/AIDS and drug dependence would be an asset.
  • Well-developed communication skills to liaise, negotiate and advocate with key stakeholders including with other implementing agencies.
  • Ability to write reports and reviews and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues and defending recommendations.
Language Requirements:  

Excellent command of English language (oral and written).
Remuneration package is approximately Rs. 2,13,578/- per month (taxable). UNDP also offers additional benefits which include medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for contract holder



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