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New York City

  • Organization: UN
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-30

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the New York Liaison Office (NYLO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the NYLO Representative.

For further information on UNODC, please visit:


The Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:

-Participate in inter-governmental and inter-agency meetings at United Nations Headquarters in New York, as and when required.
-Consult with officials in New York Headquarters-based offices and organizations, including inter-alia the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Security Council, Economic and Social Council and General Assembly Committee Secretariats on programmes and activities to help ensure effective coordination and consideration of UNODC practices with broad UN policies.
-Maintain regular contact with key Permanent Missions to promote the work programme of UNODC, and with regard to preparations for inter-governmental meetings and conferences.
-Participate on behalf of UNODC in non-governmental (NGO) and civil society organizations’ (CSO) fora and provide briefings to stimulate interest in the work programme of UNODC.
-Facilitate contact with the private sector, including foundations based in North America, for the purpose of fund-raising and leveraging resources.
-Set up meetings and prepare background briefs on specific issues.
-Facilitate and promote contacts with key US government and congressional bodies and officials, e.g. in connection with the visit of the Executive Director of UNODC.
-Attend meetings and provide reports to Vienna Headquarters.
-Draft memoranda, letters, and statements for signature/delivery by the Representative of the New York Liaison Office.
-Develop and implement outreach campaigns with the media and other groups related to issues within the mandate of the Office.
-Develop and maintain partnerships with internal and external organizations on advocacy initiatives.
-Identify and inform Vienna Headquarters, on a continuous basis, of key strategic issues.
-Prepare, in coordination with substantive Vienna Headquarters units, statements, media advisories and other reports, inputs and materials as necessary, on issues related to or of interest to UNODC.
-Interact regularly with staff at Vienna Headquarters on substantive matters related to drugs and crime.
-Prepare and deliver presentations on UNODC related issues for Permanent Missions, governmental officials, academia and others.
-Organize press conferences and launches of key UNODC programmes and publications.
-Provide a wide range of information on activities related to drugs and crime to international institutions, in particular media, and to individuals in New York and North America.
-Assist the Representative with the management of human and financial resources of the New York Liaison Office.
-Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime, drug and terrorism related issues. Has comprehensive knowledge of international and United Nations policies, procedures and operations in general and those related to drugs and crime in particular. Is able to identify issues, analyze and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has very good research and analytical skills and ability to establish and maintain productive relationships. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and 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.


Advanced University Degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international law, international relations, business administration, or a 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in policy analysis, programme development, management or implementation in a large organization, national government or intergovernmental organization is required.

Experience in drafting reports, statements or analyses for senior officials is required.

Experience in developing and organizing visibility events at the margins of intergovernmental meetings is desirable.

Experience in servicing intergovernmental bodies is desirable.

Work experience in the areas of drug control or crime prevention and criminal justice is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2022. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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