Programme Officer (Passenger and Cargo Border Team)

$91,308 - $122,352 / YEAR Expired 1 month ago
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Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in San Jose, Costa Rica, Programme Office in Costa Rica (POCRI), operating under the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (ROPAN). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the regional Programme Coordinator, Passenger and Cargo Border Team (PCBT), based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the overall supervision of the Regional Representative, ROPAN, as well as under the overall guidance of the Senior Law Enforcement Expert heading the PCBT. For further information on UNODC, visit
The focus of the Passenger and Cargo Border Team (PCBT) is to assist law enforcement agencies to identify and inspect high-risk cargo and passengers. The incumbent will in particular perform the following specific tasks: • Support the planning of, and coordinate and implement the programme/project strategies and activities in Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama) as outlined in the project document, provide technical inputs and support coordination with donors and partner-country Port Control Units (PCUs), Air Cargo Control Units (ACCUs) and Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITFs); • Design work plans for the timely achievement of the project objectives; • Plan, organize and carry out the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data by selecting methods of data collection, selecting and implementing methods for checking collected data and selecting and implementing appropriate methods for data processing for incorporation into data bases; • Provide backstopping and support on technical, substantive and administrative issues within the assigned technical assistance activities and programme; • Conduct field missions including assessment missions and technical survey visits to project sites in order to assess needs, oversee implementation and assess the efficiency of resources used; • Guide and orient the efforts and contributions of consultants, project personnel, donors, institutions and counterparts in countries concerned towards the achievement of project objectives; • Ensure effective financial management, monitoring and reporting of the project budget; • Coordinate the preparation of information materials (brochures, website, posters, etc) in support of the PCBT; disseminate PCBT-related materials to governments, NGOs and the general public; • Expedite and endorse submissions according to UNODC procedures and the project document, ensure timely project reviews, revisions, monitoring and completion of related reporting obligations, including through data collection, etc.; • Undertake fund-raising activities to support the PCBT; and identify private sector sponsors, and follow-up on outreach or correspondence with potential contributors; • Support and promote the expansion of the projects to new countries and help secure Government agreement; • Organize training courses, seminars, working groups, and workshops in coordination with the UNODC programme partners, the World Customs Organization, Interpol and ICAO. • Undertake general and administrative arrangements, including preparing funding requests, and liaising with national authorities and international organizations; • Prepare as required jointly, with project staff, all necessary project progress reports and project segment implementation delivery rate reports, including through data collection; • Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. • Perform other work related duties as required.
• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of law enforcement, particularly in the area of border management, international trade and commerce and the illicit use of sea containers for trafficking purposes. 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. Demonstrates ability to provide effective support on substantive and technical issues. Is able to familiarize him/herself with UN policies, rules, regulations, administrative and programmatic procedures and follow and apply them. Has understanding of the situation in the relevant region related to border management and trade supply chain security. Has good analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given. Is able to 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. • Planning and Organizing: Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks and perform well within short time frames. 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. • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance. 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.
Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in criminology, political science, international relations, security studies or other relevant disciplines, 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 five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the area of border management, law enforcement or trade supply chain security, or a related area is required. Experience in the implementation of technical assistance activities and in project management is required. Experience in strengthening regional law enforcement cooperation is required. Experience supporting and working with law enforcement agencies and counterparts in the field in the area of border management is desirable. Experience with the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable. Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.
Special Notice
This position is funded by extra budgetary resources. This project position is temporarily available for three months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. 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. 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. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service. 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. San Jose is classified in the A category and is a family duty station.
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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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.
No Fee
San José, Costa Rica
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