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Project Support Officer


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Kenya
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-30


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) was established as a consequence to the General Assembly Resolution 45/179 of 21 December, 1990 with the responsibility of coordinating all drug control activities within the United Nations system. In 1997, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was established through a merger between the UNDCP and the United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention, and is "mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations". The mission of UNODC is to contribute to the achievement of security and justice for all by making the world safer from crime, drugs and terrorism. The activities of UNODC are based on three pillars: (i) research and analysis (evidence–based policies); (ii) establishment of international norms and standards (UN Conventions); and (iii) capacity-building through technical assistance. The mandate of UNODC derives from several UN conventions and General Assembly resolutions and the conclusions and recommendations of its governing bodies: The Commission on Narcotic Drugs: the central policymaking body within the Untied Nations system dealing with drug-related matters. The Commission monitors the world drug situation, develops strategies on international drug control and recommends measures to combat the world drug problem, including through reducing demand for drugs, promoting alternative development initiatives and adopting supply reduction measures. The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ): the central body within the United nations system dealing with crime prevention and criminal justice policy. It monitors the use and application of relevant United Nations standards and norms. the Commission offers Member States a forum to exchange expertise, experiences and information, to develop national and international strategies and to identify priorities for combating crime.


The UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme, Indian Ocean West Programme targets support across the criminal justice systems of States in the Indian Ocean region, including prosecutors, judges, magistrates, and prison staff. A wide array of support is provided including training and expert technical advice, aimed at increasing the capacity to prosecute and detain suspects of drug trafficking and wider maritime crime. This position is located in the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme office, UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), in Nairobi, Kenya. The incumbent will perform his/her duties and responsibilities under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator and the Legal Officer for the Indian Ocean West Programme of the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Indian Ocean West Region) and the Le-gal Officer based in Nairobi, the UN Volunteer will assist in the implementation of activities that are carried out under the Global Maritime Crime Programme’s Indian Ocean West. In particular, duties will serve the regional legal pillar. The UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: · Assist the GMCP programme coordinator in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the programme activities under the legal pillar of the Global Maritime Crime Programme Indian Ocean West region; · Assist the GMCP programme coordinator and other team members in addressing logistical and technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of legal authorities in the region; · Assist the programme coordinator and other team members in project/programme and/or budget revisions, the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of references, and other related project documentation on maritime crime; · Contribute with substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies; · Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, briefing notes, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc., relating to maritime crime issues in the region; · Provide administrative and substantive support to the GMCP programme coordinator in view of consultative and other meetings, workshops, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.; · Assist the GMCP programme coordinator with administrative processes related to the procurement of equipment and services including preparation of purchase orders, contracts for consult-ants, related payment requests, and monitoring and follow-up on such requests in line with UN financial rules and regulations; · Support field missions to locations in the region where GMCP carries out programme activities, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.; · Perform any other duties as required/assigned. Results/Expected Outputs · Provide well-researched and sound analysis of issues and developments affecting programme/project development, administration, and implementation, etc.; · Provide thorough, well-reasoned written contributions. Effectively, and in a timely manner, liaises and interacts with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally; · Provide substantive and administrative support to activities implemented under the programme in the region, especially as these relate to maritime crime, detention, and transfer, including procurement, human resources processes, and travel in line with UN financial rules and regulations;

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