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Assistant National Programme Officer


  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Conakry
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-22

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Office in Guinea Conakry (POGIN) Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Conakry, Guinea Conakry. The Assistant National Programme Officer will report to the Senior Law Enforcement Officer based in Abidjan and the Regional Representative.

For more information on UNODC, please visit the website:


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provide day-to-day technical and logistical support for the implementation of relevant activities foreseen under the project on management of peaceful demonstrations in accordance with international human rights standards as well as those related to other UNODC initiatives in the country.
- Maintain regular contact with national partners to support programme implementation, expansion and fundraising.
- Ensure consideration of UN Human Rights Due Diligence in UNODC capacity building initiatives.
- Attend relevant meetings of the UN country team and other partners and support the implementation of action points that concern UNODC.
- As member of a team, ensure the coherence and quality of the project components in its implementation.
- Assist in the development, in consultation with the partners involved in the implementation of the project, of an Annual Work Plan (AWP), as well as detailed quarterly and monthly work plans.
- Contribute to consolidating programme activity reports as outlined in the project documents.
- Provide assistance in monitoring and controlling the disbursement of funds made available for the implementation of field programmes and activities.

- Specific duties and responsibilities related to the project on management of peaceful demonstrations in accordance with international human rights standards:

o Prepare quarterly, semi-annual and annual activity reports.
o Support the preparation of donor narrative and financial reports.
o Identify training needs, prepare and facilitate training sessions.
o Support effective knowledge management of internal and external evidence, data and knowledge products relevant to UNODC's work on the management of peaceful protests in accordance with international human rights standards.
o Participate in the organization of meetings, seminars, plenary sessions and workshops.
o Contribute to the development of policies and other strategic documents that will address the problems and needs of the project recipient country in collaboration with the government(s) and other strategic partners.
o Support the process of building the capacity of national governmental and non-governmental institutions in the area of managing peaceful demonstrations in accordance with international human rights standards.
o Assist in conducting legal research and analysis as needed.

- Contribute to the collection and analysis of data and identification of trends or patterns and provide draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
- Document requirements and background information used for data analysis.
- Perform any other work-related duties, as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge of issues related to the fight against drug trafficking, transnational organised crime and conflict as well as crime prevention. Is able to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


A first-level university degree in in law, management, human and social sciences, international development, political science or related field is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in law enforcement is required.

Work experience in programme management and results-based approach is desirable.

Experience in project monitoring and evaluation is desirable.

Experience in conducting consultations with government and donors is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French 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 is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

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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