United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is Hiring a Regional Representative in Nairobi: Apply!

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Job Opening ID: 221351

Job Network : Economic, Social and Development

Job Family : Contrôle des drogues et prévention du crime

Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, D-1
Duty Station : NAIROBI

Department/Office : United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Date Posted : Nov 10, 2023

Deadline : Dec 12, 2023

This position is currently located in the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Representative will work under the overall guidance of the Director, Division for Operations (DO), direct supervision of the Deputy Director of DO and in coordination with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East (RSAME) located at UNODC headquarters in Vienna. For more information on UNODC, please visit our website:


The Regional Representative heads the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA). Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for effective implementation of UNODC programmes and activities in Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda in supporting Member States capacities to deal effectively with issues related to drug control, crime prevention, countering corruption and terrorism prevention.

The incumbent will be responsible and accountable for the efficient management of all human and financial resources allocated to the programmes and the office, as well as for ensuring outputs of a high-quality standard. The incumbent is also a member of the relevant United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in the region, under the strategic guidance and coordination of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC), and member of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Regional Team where applicable. The incumbent is responsible for the political leadership of the office, including in UN Country Teams and directly with Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for The Horn of Africa, African Union, and Great Lakes. As a member of the relevant UNCTs, and the UNDG Regional Team, the incumbent leads UNODC’s engagement in UN common country and regional planning, programming, funding, monitoring and evaluation activities and to actively contribute to the establishment of the Country Analysis and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CA and UNSDCF) and the joint implementation activities, within the Delivering as One (DaO) approach, especially under the 2030 Agenda, wherever relevant. In particular, the incumbent will perform the following duties: Strategic and Policy Advice

• Provide policy advice to the highest levels of Governments and the UN in the assigned region (and countries) on the development of regional and national long term political, policy, strategic and tacical capacity-building in drug control and crime prevention, in order to promote adherence to and ensure consistency with the terms of the United Nations conventions, drug control treaties, the Conventions against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and Corruption (UNCAC) and the international instruments to counter terrorism, as well as with the goals and objectives of the 20th Special Session of the General Assembly.

• Represent UNODC’s position and interests in the region in several fora, especially within the host countries, and promote solid partnerships with Governments, institutions, civil society, work in close coordination with UNCTs and UNRCs, regional and international aid agencies and financial institutions, parliamentarians, and the media.

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• Advise and assist the Governments in the assessment of planning, design, and management of response policy measures, in particular developing and proposing national as well as regional cooperation strategies.

• Provide political and diplomatic leadership in promoting a better understanding of the importance of drug and crime related matters, encourage increased priority attention to all aspects of drug control and crime prevention, and advocate the inclusion of these issues in government planning documents as well as in relevant programmes of other bilateral, multilateral, and non-governmental organizations.

• Advise UNODC, UN DCO and UN DPPA senior management on regional dynamics related to or resulting from the UN Development System Reform and 2030 Agenda based on close interaction with other UNODC Field Offices, and HQs divisions. Programme Development & Resource Mobilization

• Contribute towards UN-wide strategic planning and cooperation in the field, in particular with the UN Development Coordination Office (UN DCO) and the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG), including ensuring that drugs/crime related issues are embedded in key UN programmatic instruments such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

• Provide strong leadership in formulating programme objectives as regards technical assistance for the region. • Lead the exploring of opportunities to grow the Regional Office programme portfolio (and respective components) in line with UNODC strategy and governments requests, increase programme of work, develop proposals and oversee their implementation.

• Support UNODC senior management, in the development of new partnerships for field-based services to Member States and the joint resource mobilization for new activities.

• Ensure that a resource mobilization strategy remains in place that promotes long-term involvement and financial and in-kind support and resources by governments, international, public, and private sector donors to the work of UNODC for the core infrastructure and technical assistance programme of UNODC in the countries and region.

• Keep UNODC headquarters informed of the progress being made and ensure the effective communication of UNODC’s work and its impact in the region.

• At the same time the incumbent engages in joint resource mobilization efforts with the UNCT and in line with the UNDSDF budget. Programme implementation

• Direct implementation coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the overall progress of activities in the region to ensure the effective project/programme delivery and use of funds as well as consistency, substantively, technically, and financially with the stated objectives.

• Directly approve project documents in conformity with respective UNODC Management Instructions (MI), intervene when difficulties arise, take remedial actions as required and identify appropriate solutions.

• Manage corresponding budget and programme resources. • Lead the Regional Office’s work in relation to Enterprise Risk Management.

• Ensure integrity and timely substantive and financial reporting. • Ensure integration of human rights and gender system-wide policies in planning and delivery of assistance. Office management

• In accordance with established policies and delegated authority, direct and manage the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), oversee the management of the financial and human resources assigned to the UNODC Regional Office and sub-offices (Programme Offices).

• Oversee programmes and activities in the region in supporting Member State capacities to deal effectively with issues related to drugs, corruption, terrorism and crime.

• Oversee the successful implementation of activities in the region in close consultation with existing representatives, regional advisors, and thematic/programme coordinators, as well as performing oversight of cross-regional activities.

• Manage, lead, guide and mentor staff under her/his responsibility. This includes promoting their professional development and creating a work environment which fosters civility and respect among staff.

• As a member of the local Security Management Team (SMT), and as outlined in the “Handbook for United Nations Designated Officials for Security”, support and advise the local Designated Official in all security management related matters. The UNODC Representative is accountable to the Secretary General through the UNODC Executive Director.

• S/he is responsible for the implementation of local security management decisions taken by the Designated Official and SMT and appropriate security and safety measures and arrangements for UNODC staff, personnel, eligible family members, as well as for all UNODC premises and operations in the country/region, in coordination with the local UNDSS security officials, and with advice from the UNODC Focal Point for Field Security at Headquarters Vienna, as appropriate.

• Lead team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provide insight to identify trends or patters for data driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensure that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need. • Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Professional competence in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution. Demonstrated ability to provide effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues and to negotiate and resolve politically sensitive issues/problems with governments and cooperating institutions. Ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. 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. • 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. • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. • 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, law, public administration, political or social sciences, international relations or similar field of study related to the UNODC mandates 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 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience with an excellent performance record in international technical assistance programme management, in the area of UNODC’s mandates on drug control, crime prevention, countering corruption, and/or terrorism prevention related issues is required. Out of the 15 years of experience, several years of direct, hands-on experience in coordinating and leading the implementation of programmes and projects at the field level is required.

Work experience in overseeing and in being accountable for the correct application of rules and regulations in a large international organization or governmental institution is required. Proven work experience in managing administrative/financial and human resources is required. Work experience in the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.

Demonstrated work experience in managing large and diverse teams operating at different locations, covering a wide range of substantive, programmatic and programme support functions is desirable. Work experience with demonstrated results in negotiation and resource mobilization of development cooperation programmes 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 other United Nations official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

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