Associate Programme Officer at United Nations Abuja

The Associate Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of the GMCP Associate Programme Officer and under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative, Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG). 

This position is located in the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) – Atlantic Ocean (AO) Project, Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), with duty station in Abuja, Nigeria, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) operates under the Border Management Branch (BMB), Division for Operations (DO).

UN Current Job Opening

Posting Title:        Associate Programme Officer, NOB

Job Code Title:     Associate Programme Management Officer

Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Duty Station:        ABUJA

Posting Period:     13 April 2023 - 12 May 2023

Job Opening Number:    23-Programme Management-UNODC-206528-R-Abuja (N)


Within assigned authority, the Associate Programme Officer will contribute to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as the overall project management of the GMCP Atlantic Ocean project portfolio. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Support GMCP CONIG in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned projects; assist in monitoring project implementation; identify problems and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions in consultation with the GMCP CONIG management.

• Contribute to conducting assessments and reviews of the existing national legislation related to maritime crime with particular emphasis on national implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) in legislation and regulations, identification of current limitations and recommendations for improvements.

• Engage with and build networks of national experts, advisers, processes, and mechanisms which are concerned with maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea.

• Organize, coordinate and attend workshops including legal reform and capacity building in the areas of anti-piracy and other maritime crime, as well as international judicial cooperation.

• Support the Associate Programme Officer and other project staff in following-up on communication with beneficiary institutions, including drafting of official letters and the process of identifying participants and national experts, including trainers, for activities under the project.

• Assist in providing substantive expertise on maritime criminal justice issues.
• Support field missions including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and draft mission reports, and ensure follow-up action.

• Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources, relevant for project implementation related to the fight against maritime crime, including the preparation of written output.

• Prepare and draft a variety of written outputs on piracy and other maritime offences, such as concept notes, background/working papers, action plans, mission reports, briefings/presentations, policy proposals and documents, summary reports etc.

• Provide substantive and technical support to consultative and other meetings, training, conferences, and workshops related to maritime crime, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

• Contribute to guiding the Associate Programme Officer of national considerations and realities in Nigeria for proper and effective project implementation, as well as on ways to strengthen partnerships with beneficiary institutions.

• Prepare various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes for senior management, sections of UN/UNODC reports such as UNODC Annual Report, ensure quality inputs to publications, websites and other reports. Prepare and submit for approval substantive and financial reports, semi-annual and annual project progress reports, inputs to Quarterly Field Reports (QFRs), annual reports to donors.

• Prepare and disseminate costed workplans, terms of reference and other related project documentation, as and when required, in consultation with GMCP Atlantic Ocean management as well as CONIG management.

• Maintain close working relationships with relevant administrative and project counterparts in order to facilitate meeting of work plan, travel plan and procurement plan deadlines for delivery.

• Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations.

• Contribute to the collection and analysis of data and identification of trends or patterns and provide draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.

• Document requirements and background information used for data analysis.

• Perform other work-related duties, as required



·        Has knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting.

·        Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

·        Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and approaches of the relevant aspects in piracy and other maritime crime.

·        Is able to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources.

·        Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management.

·        Has demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given.

·        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.

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.

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.


·        An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, conflict resolution, international relations, public or business administration, project management, political science or other relevant social or political area, is required.

·        A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

·        Minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience in project/programme management or administration within the area of rule of law and criminal justice in the maritime security areas at national and regional level is required.

Work experience in maritime crime and transnational organized crime is desirable.

Work experience with national and international laws related to maritime crime is desirable.

Work experience in substantive liaison and coordination at national government level is desirable.

Working experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area 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.

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.


Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should follow the link below to submit CV and application letter. Applications from women candidates are strongly encouraged.


The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on bank accounts.

Please submit your CV and brief cover letter (no more than one page) outlining your suitability in line with the requirements of the position.

Location: Abuja, Nigeria 

Job Type: Full Time

Application Deadline: 12th May, 2023. 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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