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Project Officer

San Salvador (El Salvador)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: San Salvador (El Salvador)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-22

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This position is located at UNODC El Salvador, and will work with the UNODC Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN), in Panama City, Panama, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The Project Officer will work with the Illicit Synthetic Drugs Expert, Global Synthetics Monitoring: Analyses, Reporting and Trends (SMART) Programme Manager and under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative, ROPAN.
The focus of the UNODC Global SMART Programme is to improve the capacity of targeted Member States to generate, manage, analyse, report and use information on illicit synthetic drugs.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general supervision and policy guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central America and the Caribbean and the Illicit Synthetic Drugs Expert in Vienna, the incumbent will be responsible for the general coordination and implementation of the Global SMART Programme activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, in accordance with UNODC rules and regulations.

  • Assist the Illicit Synthetic Drugs Expert in Vienna in activities related to the management, implementation and monitoring of the project in the region;
  • Provide substantial support to all project activities, including organizing and conducting training activities, workshops, national and regional meetings and technical advisory missions on drug identification, early warning and synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances;
  • Identify and prioritize requirements for training activities, ensure appropriate nominations of national trainees and arrangements;
  • Support the Illicit Synthetic Drugs Expert in day-to-day communication with counterparts in the region;
  • Provide support to the Illicit Synthetic Drugs Expert in reviewing and revising the budget and draft annual budget proposals;
  • Identify consultancy needs, develop terms of reference for the proposed consultancies and assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of consultants and instructors;
  • Prepare regional work plans, and background documents;
  • Draft all necessary regional project progress reports and project implementation delivery rate reports;
  • Assist the Illicit Synthetic Drugs Expert in administrative issues; monitor equipment, supply and expenditure;
  • Assist in the preparation of expert missions as required;
  • Act as a liaison officer between the various national and regional agencies participating in the implementation of the project;
  • Compile and review information on synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances from various sources;
  • Collect documents and keep files related to the project implementation;
  • Perform other duties, as required.
Impact of Results:
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 recourse mobilization



Skills and General Competencies:
Counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant UNODC units and field offices, other UN departments and offices, funds, programmes and specialized agencies. Officials in national governments, international organizations, NGOs, etc.
  • Professionalism: 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. 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.
  • Communication: 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.


Required Skills and Experience

  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor Degree) in law enforcement, criminology, forensic, political science, international relations or other relevant disciplines.
  • A minimum of five years of work experience in the area of law enforcement and criminal justice, drug control or a related area.
  • Familiarity with technical assistance activities and experience in project development and management.
  • Understanding of the situation in the relevant /region related to drug control and forensics is highly desirable.
  • Work experience within the United Nations system is desirable.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required.



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