Closing date: Sunday, 12 March 2023

Posting Title: Programme Coordinator (Head of Programme Office in Mauritania), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Duty Station: NOUAKCHOTT

Posting Period: 27 February 2023 – 12 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-203068-J-Nouakchott (E)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the UNODC Programme Office in Mauritania (POMRT) with duty station in Nouakchott, Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), in Dakar, Senegal, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative of ROSEN and the additional guidance of the Chief the Regional Section for Africa and Middle East in Vienna. For more information on UNODC, please visit:


Within delegated authority, the Programme Coordinator will act as the Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Mauritania and will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  •  Represent UNODC’s position and interests in Mauritania and promote solid partnerships with Government’s institutions, civil society, the G5 Sahel, UN country team, international partners, and donors.
  •  In coordination with the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) and within the framework of the Regional Programme for West Africa, the Sahel Programme, the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and country programmatic development documents, define define programme objectives and manage the development, funding and implementation of UNODC technical assistance and provision of policy advice in Mauritania.
  •  Represent UNODC within the UN Country Team and other relevant fora in Mauritania and build effective partnerships with UN entities, including joint programmes, ensuring that UNODC’s mandates are fully reflected in the wider programme of work and UN initiatives in the country.
  •  Build effective relationship with the Resident Coordinator in Mauritania and other senior UN managers in the country.
  •  Ensure effective monitoring and collection of data on programme implementation, and contribute to national, regional and global efforts to show UNODC’s contribution to wider UN efforts and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  •  Act as focal point and monitor drug control, criminal justice, anti-corruption and terrorism prevention related information in the country and contribute, when needed, to internal and external reports and briefings on trends and developments.
  •  Identify areas for programme growth in Mauritania and develop and implement initiatives to broaden UNODC’s strategic engagement in the country.
  •  Develop and implement a resource mobilization strategy and build partnerships aimed at broadening the donor base, and promoting long-term involvement and financial, in-kind support and resources by national, regional and international public and private sector donors to support UNODC’s work in Mauritania.
  •  Promote a better understanding of the importance of drug control and crime prevention 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.
  •  Lead UNODC advocacy and awareness raising efforts in Mauritania and contribute to such efforts at the regional and global level.
  •  In accordance with established policies and delegated authority manage the financial and human resources assigned to the Programme Office, ensuring appropriate coverage, guidance and supervision of staff and efficient and effective use of such resources.
  •  Ensure timely implementation and monitor the activities of the project related to the Implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS)of of UNODC engagement in Mauritania.
  •  Ensure that gender considerations are integrated in all UNODC strategies, programmes and activities in the country.
  •  Ensure and manage planning, programme management and coordination associated with the implementation of any programme component as per the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa, including oversight and supervision of the daily activities associated with the implementation of component activities in accordance with UNODC project management policies and guidelines.
  •  Prepare terms of reference for project/programme staff and consultants; recruit, train and coordinate the work of local support staff; identify consultancy needs, develop terms of reference for the proposed consultancies and participate in the identification, selection and recruitment process.
  •  Manage implementation of corporate measures taken as a means to adapt to various streams of UN reform, taking into account local and regional adaption measures by other UN system entities.
  •  Ensure full substantive and operational coordination and coherence with UNODC operations in the Southern Africa region and support the Regional Representative in promoting and contributing to regional UN partnerships and initiatives.
  •  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 theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug, corruption and terrorism related issues with good research and analytical skills. Has knowledge of policies and concepts of UN reform and their impact on field-based programme implementation. Is able to lead and coordinate efforts to develop and mobilize resources for strategic programme initiatives. Has up to-date knowledge of and practice with UN programme policies, guidelines and procedures. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has good analytical, planning and organizational skills. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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: 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.
  •  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.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political or social sciences, public or business administration, economics, law, international relations or similar academic background 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 ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in project or programme management relating to the control and prevention of drugs, crime, corruption and/or terrorism, in an international setting, is required. Experience in managing or coordinating office operations is required. Experience in promoting UN partnerships, in particular in the context of the UN reform, is desirable. Work experience in programme planning, monitoring and reporting is desirable. Experience in engaging and building partnerships with Government counterparts is desirable. Experience working with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable. Work experience in Africa is desirable. Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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

Special NoticeThis position is temporarily available for four months. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may 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. Nouakchott is classified in the D category (family duty station).

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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. The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General. 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.