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National Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention)

Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
  • Grade: SB-5 (SC10/SC11), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-28

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling threats from illicit drugs, organized crime and terrorism worldwide. In Central Asia, the overarching strategic framework under which UNODC provides technical assistance is the UNODC Program for Central Asia. Among the core priorities of this program are the development of effective, fair, humane and accountable justice systems, crime prevention, and the prevention of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism in line with international standards and norms.

Within the framework of the Program, UNODC supports national and regional efforts to prevent and respond to terrorism and violent extremism in Central Asia. UNODC is also actively engaged in the Global Framework on UN Support to Member States on Individuals Returned from Syria and Iraq. This includes objectives to a) respond to protection needs of children and adults as well as support the preparedness and resiliency of communities and families; and b) support governments in promoting security and addressing accountability for offences allegedly committed by returning adults.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UNODC Program Coordinator (Sub-Program 2 and 4), overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia and with substantive support from the Terrorism Prevention Branch and Justice Section in UNODC headquarters, the National Program Officer (Terrorism Prevention) will be responsible for the operational management of technical assistance on terrorism prevention in Central Asia and substantive support to UNODC in its engagement under the Global Framework on UN Support to Member States on Individuals Returned from Syria and Iraq.

The National Program Officer will ensure smooth and timely delivery of operations in accordance with relevant work and activity plans through performing the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate activities on terrorism prevention from substantive, administrative and financial points of view.
  • Assist with strategic planning, including preparation of annual work and procurement plans and terms of reference.
  • Design, support and facilitate advocacy events, round table discussions, expert group meetings, training workshops and other capacity development related to terrorism prevention.
  • Facilitate consultations and coordination with competent national authorities and other relevant government and non-government stakeholders on terrorism prevention.
  • Coordinate day-to-day communication with internal and external counterparts and act as UNODC liaison with all relevant government and other stakeholders on issues related to terrorism prevention.
  • Monitor implementation of activities, analyze any problems that hamper implementation and take appropriate measures to ensure timely delivery of required inputs and achievement of results.
  • Prepare regular progress reports on key activities, results, lessons learned and required follow up and share them with UNODC ROCA, HQ and other relevant stakeholders; contribute to substantive correspondence for the purpose of partnership building and resource mobilization, and support any other monitoring, reporting and evaluation initiatives, as required.
  • Develop partnerships with UN agencies, other international partners, national counterparts, and civil society organizations that are involved in terrorism prevention.
  • Ensure the mainstreaming of Sustainable Development Goals, as well as human rights, child protection and gender considerations into all activities.
  • Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports.
  • Ensure communications and visibility of UNODC’s work on terrorism prevention in the region, including mass media outreach, drafting of press releases, success stories, briefs and other publications, and their dissemination.
  • Collect documents and keep files related to program implementation.
  • Undertake background research, compile information and analyze relevant information on terrorism prevention-related legislation, policies and practices in Central Asia.
  • Contribute to the development and adaptation of relevant UNODC training and capacity-building tools on terrorism prevention; promote their use and application by respective target groups; compile information on best practices in the area of terrorism prevention.
  • Contribute to needs assessment, programming and resource mobilization on terrorism prevention.
  • Perform other related duties as required in the scope of current position.


Integrity: Demonstrate the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviour. 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, program/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

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, public administration, international relations, social sciences or another 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. 
At least 3 years of professional experience in project management in the field of terrorism prevention, crime prevention, criminal justice or related areas of work is required. Previous experience in international development organizations would be considered as 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.).
- Ability to use information and communication technology as a tool and resource.
- Experience in working and collaborating with government and civil society institutions;
- Initiative and strong leadership skills.
- Results and client-orientation.
- Strong analytical, communication, writing, presentation and communication skills.
- Ability to work in a team.
- Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
- Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.


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