Project Coordinator Vacancy at United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

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Applications are hereby invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates to fill the Project Coordinator Vacancy at United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Job Position: Project Coordinator (Anti-Human Trafficking), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Opening number: 15-DRU-UNODC-44636-J-ABUJA (T)
Location: Abuja
Job Code Title: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer
Department/ Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Job Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

  • Plan, oversee and coordinate the implementation of projects on anti-trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM) and ensure full coordination between the various projects and the counterparts;
  • Coordinate and create the necessary synergies with other ongoing anti -TIP and SOM efforts internally as well as with other partners and stakeholders. Plan, participate and lead various fora in this respect;
  • Ensure that all projects are implemented in accordance with United Nations rules and regulations and in accordance with UNODC’s standards, policies and practices, as well as agreed requirements by donors;
  • Expand existing anti-TIP and SOM portfolio and mobilize for additional resources as may be required. In this connection establish appropriate relationships with key partners and stakeholders;
  • Perform additional tasks especially with regard to the overall management and administration of the Office, as may be required.
  • Provide technical and substantive advice and assistance to project partners, Government and other institutions on project activities and other anti-TIP and SOM measures;
  • Oversee project activities, ensure accurate financial management of the project and prepare all necessary financial and other project reports;
  • Oversee and coordinate human resources related needs for the project determining recruitment requirements, drafting Terms of References, managing and supervising project staff, creating and establishing the relevant Project Support Team/Units, as may be appropriate;
  • Represent CONIG in various fora and meetings related to the area of TIP and SOM, including the delivery of speeches, goodwill messages, and of presentations on behalf of the Office;


  • 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 demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling and related crime and social problems.
  • Has very good research and analytical skills. Is fully knowledgeable of programme management cycle, including monitoring & evaluation tools.
  • Knows how to foster a gender-dimension in all key aspects of work. Is knowledgeable of best practices as regards monitoring and reporting on results, in particular as regards capacity building. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues.
  • Is able to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely, conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations.
  • 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.
  • Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
  • Has some knowledge of the human trafficking and illegal migration situation in Nigeria and West Africa and existing legal frameworks.
  • 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.

Required Skills and Experience


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology or relevant social or political areas with adequate focus on crime justice issues 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice, preferably in the area of human trafficking, migrant smuggling and related crime issues, is required.
  • Experience in adopting a gender-sensitive approach and capturing data to this effect is highly desirable.
  • Work experience in the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable.
  • Practical experience with United Nations (or similar international organization) programme policies and guidelines is desirable.
  • Working/living experience in difficult and hardship environments is considered an advantage.
  • Exposure to international cooperation in crime prevention, criminal justice and law enforcement and experience in programme management, including design and implementation is required.
  • In-depth experience in measuring the impact of training/capacity building, experience in results-based management, project monitoring, reporting and evaluation is required.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the position advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, with excellent drafting skills, is required.
  • Knowledge of other official United Nations languages, or languages of the region, would be an advantage.

Method of Application

Interested and suitably qualified candidates should Click here to apply online

Note: This position is temporarily available until 17th January, 2016. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration of the appointment is subject to availability of the post and funding.

Application Closing Date

9th July, 2016.

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