Programme Officer – Baghdad

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Job Overview

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in Programme Office in Iraq (POIRQ) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Baghdad, Iraq, which falls under the management of the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), based in Cairo, Egypt. Under the overall guidance of UNODC Regional Representative of the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, the incumbent will report to UNODC Senior Programme Coordinator and Head of Office in Iraq. The incumbent will work in close collaboration and coordination with the Regional Programme Coordinator (Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit) based in Cairo, the regional team in ROMENA as well as with UNODD headquarters (HQ) colleagues in Vienna.

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


The focus of this position is to support and coordinate the establishment of the UNODC Programme Office in Iraq, in addition to supporting the implementation of UNODC projects in Iraq. All UNODC activities in the MENA region fall within the framework of the Regional Programme for the Arab States to Prevent and Combat Crime, Terrorism and Health Threats, and to Strengthen Criminal Justice Systems, in line with the International Human Rights Standards (2019-2021).

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

•Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes/projects in Iraq; carry out and backstop programme/project activities.
•Review, monitor and analyse social, economic and political developments and trends in drug control, crime prevention and other trends as relating to UNODC on an ongoing basis.
•Participate in the formulation, development, implementation, coordination, backstopping and evaluation of assigned technical cooperation projects and activities; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; review, prepare and/or ensure timely preparation and submission of relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties, counterparts and stakeholders; identify and track follow-up actions.
•Provide backstopping and guidance on technical, substantive and administrative issues within the assigned technical assistance activities, programmes and projects.
•Monitor financial resources, budgets, the expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility including project segments; draft parts of or contributes to the preparation of the necessary project and budget documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, budget, project performance reports, etc., ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations and reporting requirements.
•Participate in needs assessment, programming and other technical missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions (IFIs), UN agencies, non-governmental and/or civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs).
•Prepare and assess draft project ideas and documents for technical assistance in Iraq; review, finalize and submit project progress reports in line with established mechanisms.
•Contribute to fund-raising in relation to assigned projects and programmes by preparing materials and participating in donor meetings and fund-raising missions; by building support for cost-sharing contributions from the Governments, and identifying other local funding sources for UNODC projects and activities, etc.
•Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, communications material etc.
•Participate in workshops, seminars and training courses and conduct presentations as required.
•Work collaboratively with the UN system in Iraq with a view to ensure UNODC work links with overall UN goals and the Sustainable Development Agenda.
•When requested and as required, assist in the recruitment of personnel and coordinate the work of support staff, project personnel, mentor and guide interns and Associate Experts in their work.
•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandates. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control, crime and terrorism prevention as well as the mandates of UNODC. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to evaluate, 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. Is able to apply judgement in the context of the assignments given, plan own work 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.

•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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Business administration, management, economics, international relations, law, political science, public administration, public health, sociology, social science, pharmacology, criminal justice or related field 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 work experience in drug control activities, crime prevention, law enforcement, criminal justice, international relations, social or political affairs or related area relevant to UNODC’s mandates is required.
Experience in project or programme management and administration is required.
Work experience with the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.
Relevant experience in field environment is desirable.


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

Baghdad is classified in the E category (non-family).

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.

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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