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5 Year
Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Category: Program
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: As per United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Salary scale
Vacancy Number: VA/GLO.ACT/2023/03/002
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Kabul
Organization: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),
Years of Experience: With master’s degree 5 years and with a bachelor’s degree 7 years
Contract Duration: One Year (with possibility of extension, subject to availability of fund)
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Close date: 2023-03-27

About United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),:

The Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) Asia and Middle East aims at enhancing the implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children and the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The project is being implemented across countries in Asia and the Middle East, including Afghanistan.

Job Description:


This position is located in Kabul, Afghanistan. The National Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of GLO.ACT Project Coordinator at Headquarters and the overall substantive guidance of the GLO.ACT Project Coordinator and the UNODC Representative for Afghanistan.

  • Provides day-to-day management including the collection and compilation of relevant background data and information, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Collects and compiles background data and information related to the objectives;
  • Assist in coordinating implementation and monitoring, for example, by arranging assistance delivery and procurement in line with UN rules and regulations;
  • Monitors and expedites implementation systematically through discussions and correspondence as well as frequent field visits, analysis of regular progress reports and participation in evaluations of impact;
  • Promotes and strengthens collaborative initiatives between UNODC and other UN agencies, NGO’s and donors with regard to activities;
  • Participates and represents UNODC Afghanistan in meetings of the aid community, UN inter-agency meetings, seminars and workshops held at national, regional and international level;
  • Serves as focal point for administrative coordination of project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with diverse organizational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, e.g.travel arrangements, processing of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.;
  • Perform general administrative tasks, to include preparing and/or processing requests/documents (e.g. requisitions, purchase orders, travel requests, contracts, expenditure authorizations and visa applications);
  • Monitor status of expenditures and allotments through Umoja, record variations, update budget tables;
  • Organize and conduct seminars, workshops and training activities on various aspects of the objectives;
  • Design work plans for the timely achievement of the outcome objectives;
  • Arranges programs for visiting experts, missions and donor representatives to activity sites;
  • Participate actively in meetings, provides translation services, drafts minutes of meetings and gives adequate follow-up on each subject as requested;
  • Organizes and participates in Review/Tripartite meetings;
  • Prepare financial reports and budget revisions in line with UNODC requirements;
  • Prepare periodic activity progress and status reports (incl. performance reports) as stipulated in agreements with donors and in line with UNODC requirements;
  • Facilitate the final external independent evaluation mission and terminal review;
  • Performs any other duties as required by the supervisors.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNODC;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • In-depth knowledge on development issues;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, and reporting;
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side) and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
  • Contextual knowledge of counter Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants;
  • Knowledge of migration management.

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure; Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to project management with particular relation to UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan mandate and Programme. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Takes responsibility for incorporating project objectives, ensuring the participation of project team members/supervisors and other support structures in all areas of work; ability to analyse project requirements and assist in drafting memos and reports in support of existing projects or for developing new ones.

Planning and Organizing: Proven ability to establish priorities and to plan, organize, coordinate and monitor own work plan and provide advice and guidance to others.

Creativity: Ability to actively seek to improve programmes/services, offer new and different options to solve problems/meet client needs.

Managing performance: Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and to use time efficiently; ability to organize and implement activities and outputs; ability to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines.

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.

Communication: Excellent and effective communication (verbal and written) skills, including ability to assist in preparing reports and conduct presentations with the use of common software applications by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations; diplomacy and tact; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials.

Job Requirements:


  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree  in law, and/or related social science, economics, international relations, political science, or public administration.


  • With master’s degree 5 years and with bachelor’s degree 7 years of   professional experience (three  years in counter Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants) at national and international levels is required;
  • Direct experience in the criminal investigation and/or prosecution of transnational organized crime, on cases of trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, or other roles concerning the response to trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants at gradually increasing levels of responsibility is required;
  • Experience in international criminal justice matters as well as familiarity with project formulation, implementation and monitoring, and exposure to international development cooperation is highly desirable;
  • Living/working experience in developing countries and proven cross-cultural and gender sensitivity are highly desirable.


  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and excellent knowledge of Afghanistan’s official languages (Pashto and Dari) are required;

Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset

Submission Guideline:

The application comprises a one-page cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the post, and a UN Personal History Form (P11), which can be downloaded from


Interested and qualified Afghans national candidates should email their applications (indicating on the subject line the vacancy number and the title of the position applied for) to unodc-afghanistanvacancies@un.org

Please note that incomplete Personal History Form (P.11) & applications received after the closing date (27 March 2023) will not be given consideration.

Only short-listed candidates whose application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for test and/or competency-based interview.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submission Email:


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