Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer (Drug Policy), P4 - Tenders Global

Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer (Drug Policy), P4

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Drugs, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of, and reporting to, the Chief, DLSSB.


Within limits of assigned authority, the Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer (Drug Policy) will undertake activities in the context of supporting the Chief of the Branch in advising and leading on drug policy matters related to the work of UNODC. More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Serve as principal coordinator, including advisory functions to the Chief of the Branch, on overall drug policy issues and related strategic decisions. Perform lead coordinating functions to ensure that the planning and programming of the Branch are undertaken in close collaboration with policies set by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UNODC corporate strategy on addressing and countering the world drug problem, and in coherence with the UN (United Nations) Common Position on Drugs.
  • Perform lead responsibility for the conceptualization, preparation and coordination of substantive and policy papers with respect to the different work areas of the Branch, as well as for the coordination of Branch-level and UNODC-level inputs for UN Secretariat- and UN system-wide and other relevant policy and strategy documents. Prepare and contribute to thematic substantive publications and other specialized products.
  • Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyse and advise on events and discussions. Provide technical inputs to the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Commission on Narcotic Drug, prepare analytical summaries of debates, and support negotiations and analyses/compilation of outcomes;
  • Participate in and/or represent DLSSB in internal and external committees, inter-governmental, UN inter-agency task forces, and international technical meetings related to drug policy, as required.
  • Serve as focal point for the task team on the UN common position on drugs, develop and deliver a work programme of activities of engagement and meetings, in close consultation with participating agencies, the UN development coordination office, country teams and UNODC field offices. Develop and disseminate information materials related to drug policy, including on the UN common position on drugs.
  • Serve as gender, human rights, diversity and inclusion focal point for DLSSB.
  • Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, model legislation, and responses to technical internal/external queries on drug policy. Draft parts of, or contribute to, the preparation of progress and assessment reports.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  • Perform other work-related duties, as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandates. Has knowledge of the international drug conventions and functioning of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and its subsidiary bodies, including on the substance scheduling mechanisms. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, able to analyse drug data and information from various sources, conduct complex analyses and evaluations, and proposes recommendations for policy responses. Has expertise in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies, programme coordination and management support. Can formulate and coordinate complex policy and strategy papers and documents. Has ability to provide advice and assistance to Government officials in matters pertaining to scheduling under the international drug conventions. Has demonstrated ability to conceptualize, coordinate and finalize specialized technical publications on international drug control. Has demonstrated ability to conceptualize and prepare policy-oriented substantive documents and provide substantive servicing for policy-making bodies. 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, human rights, diversity, and inclusion 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.
  • 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.
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • An advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, international law, criminology, or international development 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 policy analysis, including in the drugs sphere, is required.
  • Experience in policy and programme development, management and administration is required.
  • Work experience in joint programme development and implementation between United Nations entities and or equivalent regional bodies is desirable.
  • Experience in mainstreaming human rights considerations to policy issues and programming is desirable.
  • Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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