Job position: Programme Officer (Wildlife Crime Research)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna. Closing date: 6 January 2021
Job position: Programme Officer (Wildlife Crime Research)

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of PDMU.

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The incumbent will, in particular, perform the following specific tasks:

- Plan, organize, coordinate and carry out the ongoing review, monitoring and analysis of wildlife crime developments and trends at the national, regional and/or global level.
- Research, review, analyze, interpret and present information and data gathered from diverse sources; prepare, coordinate and finalize research outputs, particularly the World Wildlife Crime Report.
- Lead, coordinate and monitor the implementation of research programmes on wildlife crime, design and carry out substantive research and lead or coordinate the development and implementation of data collection activities, regional/country studies and threat assessments.
- Design data collection tools, coordinate and provide expertise for the conduct and implementation of data collection particularly in relation to field research; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems and issues and prepare conclusions, reports and presentations.
- Monitor and analyze implementation of assigned projects, supervise project budget, expenditures and utilization of funds related to the assigned programme/project ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations; initiate project revisions and ensure the timely submission of budgetary documentation and reports.
- Establish, prepare and disseminate project work plans, budgets, terms of references and other related project documentation and prepare or ensure the timely preparation and submission of programme/project progress reports.
- Provide backstopping and advice on technical, substantive and administrative issues on wildlife crime research.
- Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze and advise on events and discussions.
- Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs such as reports to governing bodies, background papers, correspondence with counterparts, reports, working documents, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, studies and summary reports.
- Contribute to mobilizing policy and funding support for the programme of work, including extra-budgetary voluntary contributions and identifying other funding sources.
- Participate in relevant donors’ meetings, fund-raising missions as well as other fund-raising activities as required.
- Establish and maintain solid partnerships, undertake negotiations and consultations and liaise on substantive issues with counterparts in the UN and UNODC, both at HQs and in the Field, as well as Member States, donors, international organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, media representatives, civil society and other stakeholders, develop synergy, promote and facilitate operational partnerships and collaborative undertakings.
- Organize and participate as a resource person in technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, advocacy meetings, roundtables, workshops and other relevant meetings related to the specific area.
- Manage human resources by coordinating and overseeing the work of staff and by guiding and training of project staff, consultants, experts.
- As required, guide programme staff, national and international consultants and experts, associate experts and interns in their work.
- Undertake other assignments as may be required.

PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to wildlife crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in wildlife crime research. Has knowledge of and specialization in wildlife crime with very good research and analytical skills. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of 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, 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.

CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve wildlife crime research. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet identified needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas. Thinks “outside the box”. Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, international relations, law, social science, conservation-related field or a related field 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 work experience, including experience at the international level, in crime research and/or wildlife crime research is required.
Experience in the planning, developing, and managing social science research projects is required.
Experience in the production of analytical reports preferably on crime related issues is required.
Research experience on licit and illicit wildlife markets is desirable.
Experience in international data collection programmes 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.

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