Senior Programme Coordinator (Head of Global Programme on Criminal Network Disruption)

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    negotiable / YEAR
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    Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Project Management
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Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 225300
Job Network : Economic, Social and Development
Job Family : Drug Control and Crime Prevention
Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, P-5
Duty Station : LISBON
Department/Office : United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Date Posted : Jan 23, 2024
Deadline : Feb 21, 2024

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the UNODC Programme Office in Portugal (POPRT), with duty station in Lisbon, operating under the Border Management Branch (BMB), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, Border Management Branch (BMB) and the overall supervision of the Director, DO.

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The Senior Programme Coordinator (Head of Global Programme on Criminal Network Disruption) will be responsible for the implementation of the Global Programme on Criminal Network Disruption (GLO/Z83) in accordance with UNODC rules and regulations. Within the framework of the BMB, the overall objective of the Global Programme is to contribute to efforts of Member States to effectively counter and disrupt transnational organized crime along illicit trafficking routes through strengthening the capacities of criminal justice institutions to understand, detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate organized crime and transnational illicit trafficking cases, including through enhanced case-based regional and inter-regional criminal justice cooperation, systems analysis and disruption planning and the production of action-oriented knowledge products to guide operational decision-making. Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

• Under the framework of the of the Global Programme on Criminal Network Disruption (GLOZ/83), oversee and lead the review and assessment of law enforcement, criminal justice, border control and related technical capacity in Member States to determine technical assistance needs to strengthen their ability to understand, detect, investigate, prosecute, adjudicate and ultimately disrupt transnational organized crime operating along illicit trafficking routes.
• Provide leadership, manage and direct the development, conceptualizing, planning, organizing and monitoring of the assigned programmes, strategies and projects and provide technical input to implementation, establish work plans and cooperate with Governments on the implementation and monitoring of programmes and projects aimed at building the capacity of and cooperation between Member States to better understand, detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate transnational organized crime cases with the aim of disrupting illicit trafficking and criminal networks.
• Represent UNODC’s position, coordinate and liaise closely with counterparts and stakeholders working on issues related to countering transnational organized crime, including other assigned thematic areas, such as trafficking in falsified medical products and the trafficking in cultural property, to ensure effective and smooth programme implementation.
• Provide expert advice and technical guidance to Government officials and national counterparts with regards to the Programmes’ strategies, capacity building and on good practices in areas of competence and fields of interventions, such as supporting Member States to carry out systems analysis of criminal networks and design related disruption strategies, producing action-oriented knowledge products to support operational decision-making, strengthening the capacities of criminal justice institutions (law enforcement and judiciary) to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate transnational organized crime cases, and fostering case-based regional and inter-regional cooperation between criminal justice institutions along illicit trafficking routes through post-seizure case forums.
• Keep abreast of national, regional and continental political developments, policy shifts, trends and emerging issues in the subject areas and coordinate and advise senior management and HQs colleagues on dynamics and possible policy and operational responses to enable planning and decision-making.
• Undertake strategic and substantive review of the assigned programmes, identify problems and issues to be addressed, prepare risk analysis and propose evaluation frameworks including logical results models and indicators of achievement. Ensure programmatic and financial delivery of assigned programmes and projects.
• Maintain BMB partnerships in Portugal including with EU European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA); the Portuguese Navy and the Maritime Analysis and Operation Centre (Narcotics) (MAOC (N)).
• Coordinate and support analysis and present information gathered from different sources on mapping and assessments of illicit trafficking routes and criminal networks and implementation of activities by governments to disrupt transnational criminal networks.
• Lead efforts to collect and analyze data and provide insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensure that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.
• Identify and prioritize requirements and training needs, plan and carry out consultative meetings, trainings, seminars, workshops and conferences related to the thematic areas, participate in conferences and meetings as required, including preparing and delivering presentations and as a resource person.
• Oversee and guide the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, lead the process of ensuring quality inputs to briefings, training materials, manuals, toolkits, publications, website and other reports.
• Develop and implement a resource mobilization strategy and build partnerships aimed at broadening the donor base, and promoting long-term involvement and financial, in-kind support and resources by national, regional and international public and private sector donors to support the programmes.
• Take the lead in promoting initiatives and interventions and explore opportunities to promote the expansion of the programme, oversee outreach activities and work with Member States and donors closely to secure cooperation agreements.
• Stimulate, support and structure all communication and advocacy efforts to ensure quality assurance and content alignment.
• Monitor the programme budget, ensure delivery of timely budget revisions and reporting on programme activities/expenditures; validate the supply of equipment and other programme deliveries, and monitor the programme’s expenditures.
• Ensure integration of human rights and gender system-wide policies in planning and delivery of assistance.
• Oversee the recruitment of staff and non-staff personnel; ensure effective utilization, supervision and development of human resources; guide, evaluate and mentor personnel; promote professional development and create an inclusive and diverse work environment which fosters civility and respect among colleagues and uphold zero tolerance to harassment, including sexual harassment/exploitation, discrimination and abuse of authority.
• Oversee managerial, operational and programmatic matters in relation to the efficient and effective use of financial, physical and human resources in the office in line with the established policies and delegated authority, including the planning, development and management of procurement for the office and projects/programmes.
• Represent UNODC’s position in the country’s joint UN coordination mechanisms, national coordination platform or events and coordination fora and ensure that UNODC’s mandates are fully reflected in the wider programme of work and UN initiatives in the country.
• Perform any other work-related duties as required/assigned.
• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to combating crime, and in particular transnational organized crime. Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC as well as specific technical knowledge relevant to criminal justice, law enforcement, border management and related areas. Has demonstrated knowledge of policies, procedures, and best practice as they relate to border management and countering transnational organized crime. Has demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations and teams over multiple regions or the global level. Has ability in providing leadership and taking responsibility for managing substantive and functional areas. Has demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgement. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and knowledge of using 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 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; ensures the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.

Managerial Competencies:

• Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in justice, law, criminology, business administration, operational management or other relevant social or political area with adequate focus on international security policy, criminal justice and/or law enforcement 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.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in an international environment in criminal justice, including extensive experience in border management and/or countering transnational organized crime is required.

Solid experience in field-based project/programme implementation and monitoring is required.

Experience in programme/project management in the United Nations and /or other similar international organizations is desirable.

Experience in managing a team in a regional or global context is desirable.

Experience in designing and delivering training in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice is desirable.

Work experience with governmental or intergovernmental law enforcement, justice or border management institutions is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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