Project Coordinator, Vienna

UNODC - Office on Drugs and Crime

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: UNODC Vienna

Grade: P-3


Closing date: Monday, 27 February 2017

Posting Title: PROJECT COORDINATOR, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)



Department/ Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Duty Station: VIENNA


Posting Period: 14 February 2017-27 February 2017


Job Opening number: 17-DRU-UNODC-74635-J-VIENNA (T)


Staffing Exercise ID: N/A


United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


Special Notice




This position is temporarily available for six months. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration of the appointment is subject to availability of the post and funding. Vienna is an H and a family duty station.


If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.


A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further 'stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…' Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.


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Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.


Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.


While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.


The expression 'Internal candidates', shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.


Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.


For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.


The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:


Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.


Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.


Organizational Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia (RSEWCA), in the Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The Project Coordinator will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of the Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia, and in close coordination with the Desk Officer for Eastern Europe. The incumbent will also work in consultation with the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA) in Uzbekistan, the country offices for Afghanistan and Pakistan and other concerned Field Offices, as well as, with relevant divisions at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna.


For more information on UNODC, please visit the following website:




The incumbent will perform the following specific duties


Serve as focal point for the overall implementation of project: 'UNODC-Russia Partnership on Counter-Narcotics Training for Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan'.

Manage all substantive and operational aspects related to the project activities in line with UNODC operational guidelines and rules and regulations; which will include financial management, drafting of status/performance reports, preparation of work plan, drafting of semi and annual progress reports, monitoring and evaluation.

Oversee the timely implementation of the project workplan, including the selection of trainees from the different beneficiary countries of the project, taking into consideration local and training institutions' requirements and time frames.

Assist in the conceptualization, planning, implementation and management of the project activities, notably all aspects related to the organization of the training sessions.

Assess and facilitate training needs and sessions when required, monitor the implementation of the logistical aspects of all project activities and timely delivery of all outputs.

Undertake frequent field missions to the beneficiary and partner countries; brief and provide guidance to government officials and other parties; and drafting related mission reports.

When required, represent UNODC at relevant national, regional or international events in matters related to the project.

Identify problems/delays and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; monitor substantive progress and results.

Prepare and draft a variety of written outputs, working papers, reports, background documentation, briefing, analyses, presentations, etc.

Coordinate on substantive and administrative matters with all stakeholders.

Ensure complementarity and oversight functions with all other law enforcement training activities/projects in the region.

Act, within the UNODC Interregional Drug Control Approach (IRDC) and its Networking the Networks Initiative, especially with regard to law enforcement training activities as liaison officer with all concerned field offices, beneficiary countries, training institutions, and donor/partner countries.

Promote, also within the IRDC, UNODC's policy and technical cooperation activities in the related training area for Europe, West and Central Asia, and support potential expansion of programmes/projects in partnership with beneficiary and partner countries as may be relevant.

Support the RSEWCA, and the country/regional offices in West and Central Asia in the oversight and implementation of the related law enforcement training curricula.

Perform other work related duties as assigned.



Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of Russian legislation on drug control and foreign citizens training. Has conceptual analytical and evaluation skills and good knowledge relevant to technical cooperation and programme/project implementation matters. Specializes in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Knows various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

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.

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.



An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, economics, international relations, law, political science, statistics, public administration, or related fields is required.

A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience


A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in technical cooperation and programme management, at the international and/or national levels, especially in the areas of drug control activities, crime or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, criminal justice, security sector, governance, public administration, peace-building, conflict prevention or other related areas, is required.

Field experience in relevant areas is highly desirable.

Experience with UNODC's mandate areas in Central Asia is highly desirable. Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.



English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

For the position advertised, fluency in English and Russian, i.e., oral and written proficiency, is required.

Knowledge of another United Nations official language is highly desirable.



Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.


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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.


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 At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.


The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira.


Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations.


Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.


Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.


No Fee




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