Assistant Programme Officer Job Vacancy (multiple positions) at the (UN) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) : Apply!!!

Application Deadline : May 14, 2024

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Regional Section for Africa and Middle East (RSAME), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbents will report to the relevant Programme Officer in the Section.


Within assigned authority, the Assistant Programme Officer will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

  • Assist with substantive and backstopping support for assigned regional and national programmes as well as projects; work in close consultation with the UNODC Regional/Country Programme Offices and provide assistance to the development and implementation of programmes in full compliance with the overall programme management and operational guidelines established by UNODC.
  • As member of a team support the UNODC Regional/Country/Programme Offices in the monitoring of global, regional and national ongoing/pipeline programmes, projects; monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation including budgets through the relevant programme management substantive and financial solutions; assist with the drafting of programme/project proposals and review relevant documents and reports.
  • Assist the Regional Section in monitoring the implementation of the Strategic Vision for Africa and reporting on achievements. Support the development of SV-A related initiatives, the organization of SV-A related events and suggest opportunities for visibility
  • Assist with the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.; briefing notes and summary reports on the country/region for the Executive Director, senior management and senior official visitors to UNODC and for country and regional consultations with donors, as well as for other major UNODC events; draft routine day-to-day correspondence to UNODC Field Offices and other United Nations entities, as well as, in appropriate cases, to Government authorities.
  • Assist with providing substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations
  • support all actions related to maintaining the flow of information on project- and programme-related matters between the Regional Section and the UNODC Regional/Country/Programme Offices.
  • Contribute to the collection and analysis of data as well as identification of trends or patterns and provide draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to technical cooperation and programme/project implementation. Has knowledge of major international drug and crime control and prevention issues, as well as of the UNODC mandates and policies. Is able to deal with multiple tasks under tight deadlines and work pressure. Has sound judgment and good analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Has ability to organize and implement activities and outputs and to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines. 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.
  • 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 the 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political sciences, international relations, business administration, economics or public administration or related field 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

Applicants to positions at this level who have an advanced university degree in a relevant field of study are not required to have professional work experience. For applicants who have a first level university degree, two additional years of qualifying work experience is required. A minimum of one year of professional work experience in project/programme management or administration within the area of drug control and crime prevention at the international level is desirable. Experience in drafting publications to an academic or international organization standard is desirable. Work experience within the United Nations system and/or similar international organization is desirable. Work experience with counterparts in the field 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 another United Nations official language is an advantage.


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


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