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Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention)


  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Niamey
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Programme Office in Niger (PONER), Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Niamey, Niger. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the UNODC Representative for West and Central Africa and the additional supervision of the Programme Coordinator for the Sahel Programme, as well as the substantive operational supervision of the Chief of Implementation Support Section (ISS) II, Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of UNODC in Vienna, Austria.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for undertaking the following specific duties/tasks:

• Provide expertise in the area of terrorism prevention for designing, implementing, and monitoring training activities in Niger, focusing on international judicial and police cooperation and other criminal justice aspects for ensuring rule of law-based and human rights-compliant investigation and prosecution of terrorism-related cases.

• Assess capacity building gaps and needs of relevant national entities; conceptualize, design and carry out training workshops and other relevant initiatives for prosecutorial/adjudicator capacity building and enhancing collaborative investigation, prosecution and adjudication. Provide on-going mentoring to national authorities on related matters.

• Participate in the conceptualization, design, implementation and evaluation of overall programme initiatives aimed at strengthening criminal justice responses to terrorism in Niger.

• Prepare and participate in national expert workshops, sub-regional/ regional workshops and conduct training activities, as determined.

• Provide support and inputs for the preparation of technical assistance tools, substantive publications and training materials pertaining to rule of law-based criminal justice responses to terrorism. Ensure mainstreaming of human rights considerations in all UNODC projects and activities. Represent UNODC at the United Nations Country team and ensure that UNODC mandate and initiative in Niger are in line with and reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and other strategic documents.

• Contribute to and participate in programme development and its on-going refinement, coordination and management; contribute to programme implementation reporting; contribute to programme partnership building.

• Prepare/draft a variety of written substantive outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, summary reports etc.

• Prepare/draft a variety of programme or project documents and reports at the Unit and Office level, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc.

• Monitor financial resources allocated to assigned project component; monitor expenditures and funds utilization.

• Liaise with national authorities, donors, international and regional organizations to ensure coordination and fundraising, in close coordination with the Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention), Counter-Terrorism unit and the Programme Coordinator of the Sahel Programme at ROSEN. Ensure coherence of UNODC programmes and projects in Niger.

• Provide guidance and supervision to UNODC staff in Niger.

• Assist in the recruitment of personnel for the unit by coordinating/conducting panel interviews, by evaluating candidates' applications and qualifications, by drafting/finalizing substantive recommendations and reports for submission to the Human Resources Management Service (HRMS) and/or Central Review bodies, by drafting terms of reference/job descriptions, etc

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches, policies and practices in terrorism prevention and criminal justice. Has broad knowledge of overall crime prevention and criminal justice issues. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and of the major initiatives of the international community in terrorism prevention. Has demonstrated expertise for planning and implementing technical assistance activities and related project management. Has sound analytical skills and ability to identify problems and contributes to problem-solving. Has good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Has ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignment given. 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; and 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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in criminal law, international law, political science, international relations or any related area 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 dealing with criminal justice matters, including work experience with technical assistance and related project management, is required.

Work experience in the design and delivery of capacity-building initiatives in the field of terrorism prevention, criminal justice or organized crime is required.

Work experience in organizing meetings, conferences, seminars etc., including their substantive, logistic and administrative aspects is desirable.

Relevant work experience with countries in Africa is desirable.

Work experience within the United Nations system and/or similar international organization is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

This position is funded from extra budgetary resources. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

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.

Niamey is classified in the C category (family duty station).

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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