Programme Officer

United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd March, 2021

Job Description


To support the delivery of the UNOCT Programme on ‘Counter Terrorism Investigations’ and its Kidnap for Ransom Pillar. The assignment will also contribute to ‘Strengthening the capacity of Member States in Africa, to provide Counter Terrorism training through the establishment and operating of the UNOCT programme and training office in Rabat Morocco’.


The Individual Contractor will work under the overall supervision of the Officer-in-Charge or Programme Manager and the Associate Programme Officer responsible for technical assistance implementation related to this programme.

The Individual Contractor will be tasked with:

  • Conducting desk research, drafting and preparing one (1) report that outlines the kidnap threat in West and North Africa, particularly as it relates to countries’ current law enforcement stakeholders, their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, specifically pertaining to the training they currently provide, what do they have under development and what do they wish the future training provided. The report will aim to support the process of prioritizing beneficiaries.
  • All lessons learnt and other relevant material as it relates to this assignment are gathered, indexed, and stored for inclusion in UNOCT’s digital repository.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: PROFESSIONALISM: Experience developing and/or delivering Standard Operating Procedures, training or supporting programmatic efforts; has specialized experience in research and/or social media investigations. Has knowledge of Africa and the challenges related to terrorism-related threats. Ability to complete in-depth studies and analysis of global policy issues relevant to all major pillars of work of the United Nations. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of analysis; shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: 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.

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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, public policy, policy analysis, international law, international relations, or another relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: Has a minimum of 5 years of professional experience on Law Enforcement or terrorism-related intelligence analysis and associated reporting. Work experience in a Counter Terrorism or Law Enforcement related field and particularly in the area of national and regional level thematic research, with experience in drafting Good Practice Guidelines, Standard Operating Practices (SOPs), legislation, papers, reports and summaries on issues related to CT and Law Enforcement subject matter, as well as in conducting and providing timely reporting. Good knowledge of United Nations and other counter-terrorism conventions, instruments and documents, in particular the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and its four pillars, and the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.


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