Job Opening

Posting Title: Coordination Officer, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 28 November 2022 – 27 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNODC-195426-R-Vienna (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity



Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the Office of the Director-General/Office of the Executive Director (ODG/ED) of the United Nations Office at Vienna and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOV/UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent works under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief of Office and Strategy Advisor of the Executive Director and under the direct supervision of the Policy Coordination Officer (Team Leader) of the Policy and Inter-Agency Coordination Team.

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Within assigned authority, the Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:

Âż Coordinate the development and implementation of mechanisms to facilitate political analysis for the Director-General/Executive Director, acting as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues. With this purpose, liaise with relevant teams in UNOV/UNODC, including the Research and Trends Analysis Branch, the field office network, the New York and Brussels Liaison Offices, other entities of the Secretariat such as the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG); establish and maintain relationships with counterparts in the broader UN system, international and regional organizations, Member States, and other external partners such as think tanks and academia; prepare and/or respond to requests for information on policy and political issues; collect advice and inputs from relevant counterparts bringing matters of relevance and importance to the attention of the DG/ED; analyse political and related events of relevance to UNOV/UNODC with a view to provide early warning advice to the DG/ED; coordinate the preparation of analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern; draft notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for the DG/ED.
Âż Contribute to the development, implementation, and monitoring of selected major interdivisional initiatives of priority to the DG/ED, led by ODG/OED. For this purpose, liaise with relevant colleagues in UNOV/UNODC and outside stakeholders and partners, facilitate inter-office coordination on significant policy, programme, operational and fundraising matters, organize inter-divisional, task force and working group meetings as required, develop policy and strategies and advise the Chief of ODG/OED and the DG/ED. Coordinate the formulation of comprehensive inter-divisional and inter-agency strategies and policies. Coordinate with UNOV/UNODC divisions to ensure consistency, coherence and application in support of DG/ED decisions.
Âż Work in close coordination with the Policy Coordination Officer (Team Leader), to support all the major tasks of the Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Team of ODG/OED.
Âż Participate in and provide substantive backstopping to relevant engagements of the DG/ED and participate in missions of the DG/ED, as requested.
Âż In close cooperation with the Policy Coordination Officer, manage the budget of ODG/OED (e.g. Umoja, budgetary and financial functions, etc.).
Âż Provide guidance and leadership to more junior personnel within the team and act as the deputy of the Policy Coordination Officer as required.
Âż Perform other work-related duties as required.


Âż Professionalism: Has broad knowledge and understanding of UN interventions and related roles in the areas of peace and security, development and human rights, with particular attention to the field of drugs, crime and terrorism. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
¿ 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.
Âż 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 international relations, political sciences, business or public administration or related area 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in international relations, development cooperation and policy coordination is required.

Work experience in providing substantive and policy coordination advice to a high-level official in an International Organization is required.

Work experience within the United Nations system or a similar international Organization is desirable.

Experience in the area of control and prevention of drugs, crime, corruption and/or terrorism in an international setting 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 French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is funded from extra budgetary resources. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding.

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.

Vienna is classified in the H 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.

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.

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