National Project Officer (Maritime crime)

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Job Description


UNODC technical assistance activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are undertaken under the broad framework of the Regional Framework for the Arab States (2023-2028). The Regional Framework articulates six focus areas for guiding UNODC-implemented programming at the regional and national levels: 1) A balanced approach to drug control; 2) Strengthening the response to organized crime; 3) Combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants (TIP/SOM); 4) Action against corruption and financial crime; 5) Preventing and countering terrorism and violence; and 6) Strengthening crime/violence prevention and criminal justice.

Under focus area 2 and 3, UNODC is implementing the project ‘Support for maritime safety and security management in Libya to address all forms of transnational organized crime in line with human rights principles’, managed by the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) and the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) under which fall national projects and regional initiatives implemented in Libya.

The UNODC GMCP supports Member States to respond to maritime crime challenges through an effective criminal justice response. The GMCP works through a number of subprogrammes divided regionally. In 2021, the UNODC GMCP initiated programming the Mediterranean Region to strengthen the law enforcement capacities of Member States so that they can counter organized crime within the maritime domain. This has involved providing technical, material and infrastructural support to law enforcement and prosecution. Counterpart engagements are ongoing in the Central and Western Mediterranean, to identify priority areas for cooperation with projects envisioned to strengthen maritime law enforcement and border management.

The incumbent of this position will assist UNODC in its capacity building and technical assistance for maritime safety and security management in Libya to address all forms of transnational organized crime in line with human rights principles. Under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, the incumbent will be based in UNODC Programme Office in Libya and will report and work under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator, UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme as First Reporting Officer, and the Head of UNODC Programme Office in Libya as Second Reporting Officer. UNODC HQ staff will further provide substantive guidance.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing substantive and administrative support to results oriented, effective, efficient and accountable implementation of the activities and achievement of planned project results and will take part of the implementation of United Nations instruments, resolutions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Work implies frequent interaction with UNODC staff at various levels, staff of other entities of the UN system in Libya, Libyan government officials, forensics and criminal justice authorities, representatives of donor countries, national and international institutions (IGOs, NGOs).

Work may imply frequent travel inside and outside Libya.

Duties And Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

Within Assigned Authority, The National Project Officer Will Assist In The Implementation And The Expansion Of The Libya Programme Office Portfolio. This Will Include

  • Coordinating the planning and implementation of the project activities as outlined in the project document/ workplan;
  • Contributing to the implementation of UNODC technical assistance in relation to the project by providing substantive, technical and logistical support on maritime crime;
  • Working in close collaboration with National Counterparts, UNODC staff both in the Libya Programme Office, GMCP, ROMENA and HQs in order to coordinate activities exchange information and to ensure consistent service delivery;
  • Working on programme development with a view to ensure the continuous expansion of UNODC portfolio on maritime crime.
  • Actively participating in the efficient planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and reviews of project’s strategies and capacity-building activities in Libya.
  • Providing well-researched and sound analysis and advice, building and sharing knowledge on criminal justice and forensic programme in Libya, delivering outputs and relevant documents in a timely manner
  • Knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

Specific tasks to be performed by the National Programme Officer:

Within Delegated Authority, The Incumbent Will Support UNODC Capacity Building Efforts And Technical Assistance Activities Aimed At Promoting Maritime Law Enforcement For Effective Search And Rescue In Line With International Human Rights In Libya, As Follows

  • Assist in monitoring and analyzing, on an ongoing basis, social, economic, legal and/or political developments and trends relevant to maritime law enforcement
  • Develop and maintain a specific and tailored work and monitoring plan for UNODC activities within the framework of project.
  • Assist in the organization and delivery of UNODC activities within the framework of project; including monitoring and evaluation, needs assessments, consultations with stakeholder, development of manuals and guidance; mapping of stakeholders; trainings and workshops and other capacity-building support.
  • Draft reports and other written outputs on activities and progress in relation to project objectives and outcomes in line with UNODC and donor-related reporting requirement; also prepare other written outputs, such as official correspondence, briefings and presentations as required;
  • Provide substantive support in the development of relevant technical and training materials, tools and capacity-building packages and participate in national workshops, seminars and training courses;
  • Assist in ensuring close coordination and partnerships with all relevant stakeholders and partners, including national authorities, non-governmental stakeholders and donors, including by attending meetings and promote UNODC’s work
  • Assist in project/programme and or budget revision, the preparation and dissemination of costed work plans, terms of references and other related project document under the programme
  • Assist in overseeing all financial and administrative processes in relation to UNODC engagement within the framework of the project to ensure timely completion and compliance with UN rules and regulations;
  • Support to communications including produce internal reports and newsletters
  • Support the development of new initiatives and identify possible UNODC fields of intervention in close cooperation with relevant national counterparts and/or international agencies when applicable, including by drafting concept notes, project proposals and related budgets to ensure continuity of technical assistance and expansion of the Programme Office in Libya and ROMENA.
  • Support as required the UNODC Programme Office in Libya.
  • Support UN work in Libya as required in close collaboration with the Head of Officer and Programme Coordinator.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of project management/development, including financial management, strategic planning, monitoring and reporting, and in the area of criminal justice, rule of law and maritime crime in particular. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice matters as well as in the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to maritime crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listen to others. Has the ability to prepare, consolidate inputs and finalize programmatic reports, project documents and other relevant materials.

Planning and organizing: Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and to use time efficiently. Ability to organize and implement activities and outputs. Ability to maintain focus and pay attention to the necessary details. 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.

Teamwork: Good inter-personal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender. 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.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, project management, law, criminal justice, forensics, criminology, security studies, telecommunications or a related field is required. A first-level university degree or equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international institution, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in project management, criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, and/or other related areas in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation or related area at the national level is required.
  • Three years of focus/work experience on maritime affairs, or security policy, or telecommunication is required.
  • Knowledge of Libyan institutions, Libyan telecommunication framework, Libyan legislative framework, and Libyan criminal justice system is required.
  • Work experience in providing technical assistance to governments in the region is desirable.
  • Work experience with the United Nations or similar organizations is desirable.

Familiarity with the modalities of cooperation with civil society and NGOs is desirable;

Other Desirable Skills

  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages is required;

Experience and knowledge in handling web-based management and ERP financial management systems is an asset;

Language Requirements

Fluency in written and oral Arabic and English is required

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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