Programme Coordinator

United Nations
Full time Full day

This position is located in the UNODC Country Office in Pakistan (COPAK), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Karachi, Pakistan. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and policy guidance of the UNODC Representative in Pakistan. S/he will work in consultation with relevant UNODC Branches at Headquarters (e.g Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Terrorism Prevention Branch), law enforcement experts in other UNODC Field Offices or programmes, and other relevant stakeholders.

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The incumbent will be responsible for the coordination of the regional law enforcement programme portfolio and for advising the Country Representative on strategic and operational direction and developments in law enforcement and terrorism prevention related matters in Pakistan and will be responsible for overall programme implementation oversight. Within delegated authority, the Programme Coordinator (UNODC Karachi office) will undertake the following specific tasks:

  • Plan, develop, coordinate and backstop programme activities and the implementation of the Illicit Trafficking and Border Management (Law Enforcement) Sub-Programme of the UNODC Pakistan Country Programme and Counter Terrorism Sub-Programme, including the substantive areas of drug and precursor control, countering migration-related crime; enhancing border management; supporting law enforcement capacity building / training; and, strengthening forensic capacities, preventing and countering terrorism.

  • Coordinate ongoing and planned national law enforcement/drug supply reduction interventions. Provide technical advice and inputs to relevant on UNODC initiatives in the country. Prepare project ideas or project proposals for law enforcement, and counter terrorism activities.

  • Act as a technical expert to Sub-Programme 1 (Law Enforcement) and Sub-Programme IV (Counter Terrorism) COPAK and coordinate/supervise activities under Sub-Programme 1 and 4. Provide substantive input to the implementation and further development of the Sub-Programmes to promote international/regional cooperation in law enforcement matters.

  • Advise and assist the UNODC Representative in sourcing required expertise.

  • In partnership with COPAK management teams, develop, implement and monitor internal UNODC systems to deliver the Country Programme III efficiently and effectively.

  • Supervise the collection of information on law enforcement and border management issues in the country; Ensure ongoing monitoring of Government’s needs in law enforcement and border management.

  • Provide substantive and financial monitoring and reporting on programme/project implementation, report on progress and challenges. Prepare programme and budget reports and documents. Ensure that responsible financial management and project implementation comply with UNODC rules, regulations and standards.

  • Provide advisory services to and engage with government stakeholders to coordinate the delivery of UNODC outputs in partnership; Ensure regular policy consultation.

  • Provide technical inputs and advice and support where applicable to sub-programme 1 of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries where there is connectivity with Sub-Programme 1 and 4 of the Country Programme for Pakistan.

  • Engage with donor stakeholders to ensure coordination of plans and activities; take the responsibility for donor reporting as required by the UNODC Representative.

  • Participate in the assessment and quality of initiatives in law enforcement and border management and provide government counterparts with advice on improvements.

  • Assess and review national legislative and regulatory regimes, training facilities, curricula and procedures in law enforcement and border management.

  • Advise the UNODC Representative on the government’s relevant needs to identify opportunities for UNODC to assist, including in relation to mobilizing resources.

  • Prepare background papers and policy for and on behalf of the UNODC Representative and assess the practicality of draft policies presented by others.

  • Provide support in the identification, selection and recruitment of staff and consultants, and develop their terms of references.

  • Ensure the timely preparation of project progress reports, including project implementation delivery and forecast reports.

  • Lead complex field/regional missions including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc..

  • Coordinate, supervise and guide the work of assigned project staff and experts.

  • 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 may be required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug law enforcement in general, and precursor control enforcement measures in particular. Has expertise in project/programme management at national or international levels. Has knowledge of United Nations rules and procedures as well as knowledge of the relevant UNODC mandates. Is able to act proactively in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Is able to establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of key clients, partners and stakeholders and to understand needs and gain support. Is able to anticipate and resolve conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Is able to provide technical leadership in overseeing work of junior staff and local experts and assist them to professionally develop. Is able to develop work goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Is able to mentor counterparts. Has strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; operates in compliance with organizational and financial rules and regulations. 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 & 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.

  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal justice, criminology, law, political science, management or other related fields is required. A first-level university degree in the aforementioned fields in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Formal qualifications or certifications from a recognized national or international customs authority, police academy, or military-training institution, supplemented by specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, or law enforcement, in combination with four (4) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the first level university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the international level, in areas of drug control, law enforcement and organized crime is required.

Work experience in crime prevention and drug/precursor control with law enforcement agencies, United Nations or a similar organization or institution is required.

Experience in project/programme planning and management in a relevant field at the national or international level is required.

Work experience in policy, planning and managing international development or technical cooperation programmes is required.

Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization including with programme policies, guidelines and procedures is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised 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.

Special Notice

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 will be 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.

Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

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.

Karachi is classified in the C category (non-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.

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.

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