Associate Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention)
FAO
ABUJA
6d ago

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja, Nigeria.

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC Representative for Nigeria and the substantive guidance of the Chief of Implementation Support Section (ISS) II of the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

For more information on UNODC, please visit www.unodc.org.

Responsibilities

Within the assigned authority, the incumbent will provide substantive, coordination and administrative support with the implementation of project activities specifically for Nigeria, aimed at strengthening the capacities of criminal justice counterparts to prevent and counter terrorism.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties / tasks :

  • Assist with conceptualizing, planning, organizing and implementing technical and capacity building assistance activities for Nigeria, aimed at strengthening the capacities of criminal justice and other relevant counterparts to prevent and counter terrorism, violent extremism and related crimes.
  • Contribute to overall programme coordination and management of capacity building projects through support for the organizational, logistics, administrative, and financial aspects, including recruitment of consultants, procurement and budgetary matters;
  • identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.

  • Coordinate the participation of counterparts in online and in-person technical assistance activities and contribute to meetings and activities with the delivery of substantive presentations and technical briefings tailored to counterparts on issues relevant to terrorism prevention.
  • Support the development of project proposals, including organizing discussions with counterparts and donors and ensuring that each proposal is based on the stated needs of the beneficiary countries, and contributing to the preparation of project proposal narratives and budgets.
  • Assist and contribute to the drafting of relevant project reports, related fund-raising and support project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide assistance to ensuring that the work programme and the activities are carried out in coordination with other relevant entities, including UNODC regional desk, country and regional offices and other global programmes, and in liaison with relevant organizations of the United Nations system and as well as with other international / regional organizations and Member States.
  • Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, including background papers, briefing material / notes, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications and, as required, official correspondence of the Office.
  • Make presentations, as needed, on assigned topics.

  • Contribute to programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office, such as coordination of the preparation of workplans, programme monitoring and programme reporting.
  • Undertake travel as it may be required.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.
  • Competencies

    Professionalism : Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to counter- terrorism. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC.

    Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues / problems. Is able to plan and organize technical assistance workshops, meetings, conferences, seminars at the national and regional level, including their substantive, logistic, administrative, and financial aspects.

    Is able to support project management including project monitoring. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, has knowledge in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.

    Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements.

  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matters. 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.

  • Planning & 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.

    Education

    An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law or criminal law, political science, international relations or related fields OR the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) 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 two years of progressively responsible professional experience in terrorism prevention in the area of criminal justice and rule of law or the successful passing of the Young Professionals Programme Examination / United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.

    Work experience in supporting the implementation of technical assistance projects in the context of terrorism prevention or a directly related field is desirable.

    Work experience with project budgeting and monitoring is desirable.

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

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

    Work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is desirable.

    Languages

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

    Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

    Assessment

    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.

    Abuja 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

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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