Project Support Officer

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    negotiable / YEAR
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    2 months ago
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    Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Legal Affairs
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Open recruitment (advertised)

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Description of assignment title

Project Support Officer

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Sustainable Development Goal

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Volunteer category

International UN Volunteer Specialist

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Mission and objectives

For two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been helping make the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism. We are committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them. Because the scale of these problems is often too great for states to confront alone, UNODC offers practical assistance and encourages transnational approaches to action. We do this in all regions of the world through our global programmes and network of field offices.


The Indian Ocean West sub-programme of UNODC’s Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP IOW) assists Somalia to address maritime crime. Under the programme, UNODC delivers support to the maritime law enforcement authorities and correction service. GMCP IOW’s success has been derived from the delivery of sustainable capacity building through the placement of experts as mentors for our beneficiaries. For Maritime Law Enforcement, mentors in seamanship, marine engineering, maritime law enforcement, and communications are embedded with regional maritime law enforcement authorities In Mogadishu, Bossaso and Barbera. Also international prison experts in collaboration with Swedish Prison and Probation Service station in Garowe and Hargeisa to deliver mentoring for day to day monitoring and advisory but also specific training such as prevention of violent extremist. This position is located in the UNODC, Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) office, UNODC Programme Office for Somalia, Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), in Mogadishu, Somalia for 11 months in Mogadishu. The incumbent will perform his/her duties and responsibilities under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, GMCP IOW.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the project coordinator or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Project Support Officer will assist in the implementation of activities that are carried out under the “GMCP IOW” dealing with maritime crime and criminal justice chain. In particular the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: To development, implementation and evaluation of the programme activities under the Global Maritime Crime Programme particularly those related to Maritime Crime, and Criminal justice, including support to prisons holding piracy prisoners transferred from third party states and other criminal justice support delivered in the region and broader prison reform in Somalia, e.g Joint Correction Programme; Conduct research to identifying technical assistance needs for capacity building and develop sustainable strategies to reform and strengthen the capacity of maritime law enforcement and other criminal justice authorities in the region, including on improved detention and transfer activities; Provide input on project/programme and/or budget re-visions, the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of references and other related project documentation on maritime crime and detention and transfer; Contribute with substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies; Related to the above task, support monitoring and evaluation activities of the IOW Programme support by developing, participating and supporting evaluation of prison support activities, including compiling and collating information to be submitted to UNODC prison experts and management for further analysis; Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, briefing notes, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc, relating to maritime crime issues in the region; Provide administrative and substantive support to the regional programme coordinator in view of consultative and other meetings, workshops, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing back-ground documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc; Provide administrative action related to the procurement of equipment and services including drafting of TOR for procurements, contracts for consultants, related payment requests, and monitoring and follow-up on such requests in line with UN financial rules and regulations; Support field missions to locations in the region where GMCP carries out programme activities, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc; Perform any other duties as required/assigned. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in justice, or development sectors, or other relevant programmes at the national and/or international level. • Experience with maritime crime is an asset as well as working with the UN or other International Development Organizations; related programming in post-conflict environments and least developed countries is an asset. • Experience in prison reform, prison management and related project management is an asset. • Experience in related programming in post-conflict environments and least developed countries is an asset. • Experience in criminal justice is an asset, as is experience in maritime law • Experience project management and programme support in the UN or other international development organization. • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; • Sound security awareness;

Area(s) of expertise

Legal affairs, Legal affairs, Legal affairs

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English, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in justice, law, criminology, international relations, business and administration or area related to other relevant social science; a first-level university degree or equivalent in combination with relevant training and/or professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;

Competencies and values

•Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNODC; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNODC procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; •Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; •Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;

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Living conditions and remarks

Accommodation: Due to the security situation in the mission area and coupled with the fact that there is no living accommodation on the private market that meets minimum UN security and safety standards for UN personnel, expatriate personnel deployed to Somalia are provided secured UN accommodation in a camp style environment. The UN-provided accommodation is essentially equipped with minimum room furniture. The UN accommodation could be single or shared rooms with shared bath and toilet facilities. Power and water (including purified water) is provided by the UN inside the camp to its occupants. Food and Diet: There is no access to local markets in Somalia. There is a UN Contractor-managed dining facility inside the UNSOM/UNSOS Camp in Mogadishu. The standard and quality of food is very limited with a repetitious daily menu. Personnel may cook their own meals at common kitchen buildings situated at convenient locations within the camp. Health: Exposure exists to a number of tropical diseases. All medical formalities specified in the Offer or Travel Advisory should be completed before traveling. Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory before coming to the mission area, while vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus/Diptheria, Polio and Meningitis are recommended. Vaccination Card (yellow card) must be brought. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Due to large number of various types of insects in the mission area, it is also recommended to use insecticide-impregnated nets and insect repellants. UN personnel have access during working hours to a Civilian Clinic inside the UNSOM/UNSOS Camp in Mogadishu. Rest and Recuperation: International personnel, including UN Volunteers, working in the mission area are entitled to a 4-week Rest and Recuperation (R & R) cycle. This means that after every 4 weeks of being in the mission area, there is a break to travel to either Nairobi (designated R & R location) or any other destination outside the mission area. The R & R entitlement consists of a 5 calendar days R & R, with 2 travel days added, every 4 weeks. UN flights from Mogadishu or any other deployed site in the mission to Nairobi and back to duty station can be used at no expense. However, accommodation, food and other expenses while on R & R is borne by the individual. Approval of R & R is balanced against operational requirements. Somalia is a unique country. It provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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