Programme Management Officer


Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office in Pakistan (COPAK) in Islamabad. The Programme Management Officer (PMO) will work under the direct supervision of the Representative, COPAK.

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Within the strategic framework, agreed targets and under the overall supervision and guidance of the Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of UNODC programme activities. The incumbent will also carry out liaison and coordination functions, in consultation with other UN agencies, other UNODC field offices and with UNODC Headquarters. The incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

•Provide coordination support and reporting to the Representative on programme development and delivery, identify and implement approaches and techniques to achieve programme targets on time;

•Promote knowledge management to ensure access to best available expertise and facilitate organizational learning of the UNODC Country team in Pakistan;

•Identify partnership options and opportunities at country and regional levels, with local stakeholders, UN agencies, and development partners;

•Provide quality assurance and oversight of programme and project documents and serve as focal point for results-based management;

•Provide guidance and technical support to project coordinators and experts in project planning and implementation, and assure adequate monitoring and evaluation of the programme/projects as and when required;

•Ensure timely delivery of the programme activities as per the workplan agreed with the donors/stakeholders, and the regular monitoring of programme reports/transaction, review budget requirements and consistent application of rules and regulations;

•Ensure timely monitoring and evaluation of programme reports/transactions, investigating anomalies or unusual activities/transactions;

•Ensure that foreseen changes of adjustments to budget or activities are submitted to, and approved by donors in a timely manner, in accordance with donors’ agreements;

•Coordinate and monitor the activities undertaken by the Office, ensure that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion;

•Contribute to the overall resource mobilization efforts with a focus on the Country Programme, Regional Programme, Container Control Programme and Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT), and ensure that UNODC mobilizes the support needed to fulfill its mandate;

•Interact and provide advocacy work with government counterparts, donor community, international financial institutions and United Nations entities;

•Participate on behalf of COPAK in meetings, seminars, etc. as and when required;

•Prepare various written outputs, documentation, analysis and reports and coordinate timely submission of those prepared by others;

•Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug control, crime prevention and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of technical assistance issues, programme/project development and execution and is able to provide effective specialized guidance on a broad range of technical assistance issues. Is able to effectively interact with governments and cooperating institutions. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills. Is able to apply judgment in the context of the assignment given, plan own work, coordinate the work of others and manage conflicting priorities. Has ability to ensure the adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance matters. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•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.


Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in law, criminology, health, management, business administration, public administration, political or social sciences, economics, international relations or other fields relevant to UNODCs work 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 five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in a UNODC relevant field (e.g. crime prevention, drug control, health) in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization in a multi-cultural setting is required.
Experience in corporate sustainability, especially as it relates to the collaboration between business and the United Nations system, or other similar large international organization, is desirable.
Experience working on resource mobilization is desirable.
Experience coordinating with governments, regional offices and other stakeholders is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages or languages spoken in the region is desirable.


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 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.

Islamabad is classified a C and a 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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