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Programme Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme), P3 – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Posting Title: Programme Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 18 November 2021 – 17 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-168439-R-Mogadishu (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), Programme Office in Somalia (POSOM), Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with duty station in Mogadishu, Somalia. GMCP operates under the Justice Section (JS), Division for Operations (DO) of UNODC. The Programme Officer (GMCP) will work under the overall guidance of the Senior Programme Officer heading the Global Maritime Crime Programme and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, GMCP, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea (GARS). The work will be carried out in close coordination with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME), the Justice Section (JS) and relevant Regional Sections and substantive units at headquarters, as well as relevant field offices, including ROEA.
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Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (GMCP) will assist in the implementation of activities being carried out in Somalia under the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea Programme (GARS) as set out in UNODC GMCP sub-programmes, which aim to increase regional capacities to plan, train for, and respond to maritime transnational organised crime and conduct maritime law enforcement. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Support the Programme Coordinator (GMCP, GARS) with human and financial resources allocated to the GMCP, GARS, by coordinating the work of and guiding programme staff. Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the achievement of expected results. Participate in and contribute to the coordination of relevant activities under GLOZ06/GLOX99/GLOW63 in support of maritime law enforcement to address the capacity gap to prevent and respond to various maritime crime in Somalia. Prepare inputs for budgets, performance parameters and indicators, programme performance reports and inputs for results-based budgeting and results-based management. Develop, implement and evaluate the Programme activities under the GMCP, particularly those related to Transnational Organized Crime and Maritime Crime with support to maritime law enforcement agencies, and other criminal justice support delivered under the UNODC GMCP in Somalia in liaison with relevant Ministries.
• Provide direct support in implementing EU funded activities specific to maritime law enforcement, including responding to specific EU monitoring and evaluation requirements.
• Provide support to the development, implementation and evaluation of the Programme activities under the GMCP with particular focus on fisheries enforcement in support to Somali authorities in tackling fisheries crime, including capacity building in fisheries agencies and relevant maritime law enforcement agencies, facilitate provision of maritime domain awareness technology, coordinate cross agency cooperation and liaise with relevant regional partners and other UN agencies.
• Provide support in identifying technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of maritime law enforcement authorities and other criminal justice authorities in Somalia.

•Provide support in the development and implementation of GMCP programming in Djibouti specifically to maritime law enforcement, including conducting needs assessments, drafting of project proposals, liaising with partners and support capacity building in maritime law enforcement through training events and mentorships and introduction of maritime domain awareness.
• Act as the UN Focal Point for Criminal Justice work in Somalia in close collaboration with authorities of the Federal Government of Somalia, particularly the Minister of Justice, and other UN agencies involved in criminal justice support under the Somalia National Development Plan 2020 to 2024.
• Monitor project expenditures and utilization of funds related to the Programme and ensure compliance with United Nations financial rules and regulations, initiate project and/or budget revisions as required. Serve as substantive officer for the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of reference and other related project documentation.
• Support field missions to Somalia and other locations in East Africa where GMCP carries out programme activities, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
• Organize meetings, trainings, conferences and workshops for law enforcement involved in maritime security matters. Identify procurement needs (goods and services) and support the full procurement cycle of the various options.
• Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation. Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, contribute to the process of ensuring quality inputs to publications, website and other reports. Conceptualize and prepare substantive and financial reports (monthly financial and quarterly narrative ProFi reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports).
• Support and guide external consultants, interact with government officials and other parties to ensure smooth programme implementation. Provide substantive support to the Programme Coordinator (GMCP, GARS), in liaising effectively with donors, development partners and other stakeholders; make project achievements known and identify areas of new assistance.
• Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime issues, in particular to countering maritime crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, in particular maritime crime/piracy, as well as the relevant mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Has knowledge of criminal justice, law enforcement with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has good analytical, planning, and organizational skills. 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.
•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
•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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, political science or 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 experience in national/international project management in criminal justice, rule of law or related area is required.
Experience in programme development and fundraising is required.
Experience in international cooperation and capacity building in the maritime area and/or maritime law enforcement operations is required.
Experience in post-conflict, peace-building countries is desirable.

Technical experience in the fight against international crime are desirable.
Working experience in the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in both 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.
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.
Mogadishu is classified in the E category (non-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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