Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Cairo, Egypt. Under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, the incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (Forensic Advisor) coordinating forensic projects/programmes in the MENA region and the additional supervision of the Programme Coordinator of the Programme Coordination and Analysis Unit (PCAU), both based in Cairo.
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Within assigned authority, the Associate Project Officer will perform the following specific duties:
•Assist in carrying out research, monitoring and analysis of trends and patterns related to forensics sciences and chain of evidence custody, organized crime, and counter-terrorism in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, as well for the preparation of analytical studies and threat assessments on those matters.
•Maintain a current knowledge of substantive and operational developments in all UNODC forensic-related mandate areas and related trends at the national and regional levels.
•Contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the assigned project. Review relevant documents and reports in order to ensure consistency in quality in line with UNODC quality standards, before they are sent for clearance to ROMENA management and HQ substantive Sections. Assist in identifying problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions, liaise with relevant parties and track follow-up actions.
•Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (project preparation and submissions, workplan, financial statements, etc.), preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) and ensure that operations, finance management, procurements, logistics, liaison and communication activities assigned to the project are conducted according to UNODC standards and procedures.
•Support field missions in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region where programme activities are carried out, including the provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, liaison with national counterparts/donors at working level in order to finalize agendas, arrange logistics etc.
•Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, workshops, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, handling logistics, drafting minutes/reporting notes, etc.
•Prepare various written outputs for the project, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, templates, communication and visibility material, etc.
•Contribute to the development and maintaining of partnerships with governmental and other institutions; liaise with other international organizations and research institutions to develop synergies and collaborative arrangements in the areas of forensic sciences and chain of evidence custody.
•Assist in the development and expansion of international support to UNODC activities on forensic sciences and chain of evidence custody in the MENA region, particularly with a view to receive additional funding.
•Perform other work-related duties as required.
•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to forensic science and chains of evidence custody, as well as to criminal justice and how judicial systems function. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good research, conceptual analytical and evaluative skills. Is able to identify key issues, opportunities and risks and to analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, demonstrating diplomatic skills. Is able to provide sound technical guidance, apply good judgment and manage conflicting priorities as well as coordinate assigned project activities. 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.
•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.
•Planning & 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in forensic sciences, law, criminology, project management, international development or related field with a specific focus in forensics 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.
A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
A minimum of two years of professional and practical experience in project management and/or reporting or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to the Professional Examination (G to P) is required.
Experience with projects in fields related to forensic science, crime scene and/or forensic chain of evidence custody is desirable.
International experience or previous involvement in the functioning of criminal justice systems is desirable.
Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization and with relevant policies, guidelines and procedures is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English with excellent drafting skills is required. Knowledge of French and Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
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.
Cairo is classified in the A category (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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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.
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