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Programme Coordinator (Container Control Programme)

Santo Domingo

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Santo Domingo
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Santo Domingo, Programme Office in the Dominican Republic (PODOM), operating under the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (ROPAN). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Representative, ROPAN and the overall guidance of the Senior Law Enforcement Expert, (Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Head of Container Control Programme).

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The main focus of this job is to manage, coordinate and implement programme activities of the “Container Control Programme” (CCP) in the Latin American and the Caribbean region in accordance with UNODC rules and regulations. The focus of the UNODC “Container Control Programme” is to assist law enforcement agencies to identify and inspect high-risk containers.

The incumbent will in particular perform the following specific tasks:
• Coordinate, organize and support the implementation of programme/project strategies and activities, provide technical inputs to the implementation of the Container Control Programme in the Latin America and the Caribbean. Establish project work plans, budget and terms of reference and cooperate with the Governments in the implementation and monitoring of the project activities, including recruitment of project staff, procurement related matters, development and delivery of training courses, seminars, workshops and meetings.
• Monitor and analyse programme development and implementation; review and prepare relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions.
• Provide backstopping and advice on technical, substantive and administrative issues within the assigned technical assistance activities and programme.
• Lead and/or participate in large field missions including assessment missions and conduct technical survey visits to project sites in order to assess needs, oversee implementation and assess the efficiency of resources used.
• Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs such as background papers, correspondence with counterparts, reports, working documents, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy proposals and documents, studies and summary reports, memoranda of understanding (MOU).
• Contribute to mobilizing policy and funding support for the CCP, including extra-budgetary voluntary contributions and building support for cost-sharing contributions from Governments and identifying other funding sources for UNODC projects and activities.
• Establish and maintain solid partnerships, undertake negotiations and consultations and liaise on substantive issues with counterparts in the UN and UNODC, both at Headquarters (HQs) and in the Field, as well as Member States, donors, international organizations governments and other stakeholders. Develop synergy, promote and facilitate operational partnerships and collaborative undertakings. Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze and advise on events and discussions.
• Organize and participate as a resource person in technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, advocacy meetings, round-tables, workshops, training and other relevant meetings related to the specific area.
• Monitor current developments of national measures against illicit trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean; identify and prioritize border management requirements and training needs.
• Monitor the project budget for the Latin America and the Caribbean segment, ensure delivery of timely budget revisions and reporting on programme activities/expenditures. Validate the supply of equipment and other project deliveries and monitor the project’s expenditures. Jointly with the project staff prepare all necessary project progress reports and project implementation/delivery reports.
• Coordinate, train and guide the work of project personnel. Identify consultancy needs, develop terms of reference for the proposed consultancies and assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of consultants.
• Together with other projects in the field of border control and supply reduction, coordinate activities within the project with related activities implemented by other bi- and multilateral partners in the region.
• Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC specific areas especially as relates to organized crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention as well as the mandates of UNODC, in particular law enforcement and border control related issues. Has demonstrated ability to provide effective specialized advice on substantive and technical issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others 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.

• 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.

• 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.


An advanced university (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of criminology, criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement, is required.

A first-level university degree OR equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in the area of law enforcement, organized crime, drug trafficking, border management, trade supply chain security or related, of which several years at the international level is required.

Working experience in project/programme management is required.

Experience with the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable.

Relevant experience in a field environment, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English and Spanish 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

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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.

Santo Domingo is classified in the A 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.

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