Associate Programme Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Cairo, Egypt. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (Counter-Cybercrime Advisor) and under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative both based in Cairo. The incumbent will also receive substantive guidance from the UNODC Senior Expert on Cybercrime and Emerging Crimes based at UNODC headquarters in Vienna. For more information on UNODC, please visit our website: www.unodc.org
Section: Responsibilities / Duties
Within assigned authority the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
- Participate and assist in carrying out research, monitoring and analysis of trends and patterns related to cybercrime, organized crime, and cyber-enabled terrorism in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, as well for the preparation of analytical studies and threat assessments on those matters; Assist in assessing implications and developing proposals with respect to key developments and relevant interventions.
- Contribute to the preparation and delivery of training and other technical assistance activities to national counterparts on strategic, tactical and operational cybercrime and digital forensics, as a support to investigations and to the development of national strategies to address these issues.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of regional/country studies, trend and threat assessments on cybercrime, organized crime, and cyber-enabled terrorism and their linkages with governance, security and development issues.
- Research, collect, review and analyse information and reports from UNODC and other UN offices, governmental institutions, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs/NGOs), media reports and other relevant sources.
- Draft a variety of written outputs, including background and working papers, technical reports and studies, briefings, communication and visibility material and presentations, as well as research-based reports to governing and technical bodies; Contribute to the preparation of thematic research studies and reports on cybercrime and digital forensics by either supporting the drafting of parts of the studies or by reviewing drafts of others based on their relevance and quality.
- Participate in field missions; provide substantive inputs to training, workshops and seminars and respond to demands for information on specific topics and participate in dissemination and briefing activities on relevant topics.
- 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 cybercrime and digital forensics.
- Assist in the development and expansion of international support to UNODC activities on cybercrime and digital forensics in the MENA region, particularly with a view to receive additional funding.
- Assist in Coordinating and guiding the work of project staff and national/international consultants/experts.
- Assist in procurement matters, including in the conducting of needs assessment missions and setting benchmarks, preparing technical specifications and evaluation criteria, and monitoring the use of procured items.
- Assist in project management activities including project and budget revisions, reporting and monitoring, and negotiations with external counterparts.
- Assist in coordination with relevant Headquarters’ substantive Sections and Units for advice and input for project implementation, as needed.
- Assist in ensuring regular communication with all project donors, and ensure that reporting obligations and other obligations towards the donors are fulfilled in a timely manner.
- Perform other duties within the work area, as required.
Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:
- Professionalism: Has excellent conceptual, research, analytical and evaluative skills. Has proven advanced drafting and analytical report writing skills, especially related to cybercrime, cyber-security, organised crime and terrorism. 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 apply good judgment in the context of the assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and deadlines and achieving quality 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 computer science, information systems, engineering, law, criminology, criminal justice, social sciences, international relations, police studies 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. 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 government, public or private sector in project management and administration or related areas or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required. Experience in the implementation, management, and monitoring of technical assistance projects is required. Working experience in areas related to cybercrime is desirable. Experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization and with their policies, guidelines and procedures is desirable. Relevant experience in international cooperation outside one’s own country is desirable. Working experience in the Arab region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in both English and French is required. Fluency in 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 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. 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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