Project Officer (Capacity Building), P4 Vacancy At United Nations

United Nations is recruiting into the position of a Project Officer (Capacity Building)

Job Title: Project Officer (Capacity Building), P4
Location : Abuja
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 appointment against this position is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of funding.  Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is with the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja, Nigeria. The Project Officer works under the overall guidance of the UNODC Country Representative and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator. Within this framework, the Project Officer is responsible for the implementation of project activities aimed at enhancing training, research and operational capability of the justice sector in line with written guidelines and instructions developed by UNODC on project management cycle and project implementation. The Project Officer will also act as Deputy Project Coordinator.

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Within assigned authority, and in line with provisions contained in the project document, the Project Officer is responsible for the following tasks:

• Lead and manage project support to policy development for staff development and competency and skill improvement for the justice sector in Nigeria, including the review and analysis of skill gaps and other equivalent studies;

• Provide substantive backstopping to capacity building events and other meetings and conferences, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants training providers, preparation of documents and presentations;

• Lead and/or participate in large-scale, complex justice sector capacity building activities, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;

• Identify and link up government/non-government entities with external mentors for continuous support;

• Develop, implement and evaluate assigned project component; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions;

• Provide substantive technical and advisory services in guiding the project component and providing expert guidance to various beneficiary agencies and national stakeholders in improving the quality of training for staff of the justice sector at federal and state level;

• Provide support in enhancing the operational capacities of institutions in the justice sector;

• Prepare all necessary project progress reports and project implementation delivery rate reports, together with dedicated project personnel;

• Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources;

• Generate survey initiatives; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions;

• Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background paper, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications etc;

• Manage financial resources allocated  to assigned projects component; monitor and/or certify expenditures and funds utilization;

• Lead and manage activities related to budget funding for the component (substantive reports preparation and submission, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget etc.);

• Supervise, guide and mentor assigned project staff and experts; participate and/or oversee the recruitment of project personnel;

• Perform other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Proven knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to capacity building for the criminal justice system; knowledge of best practices in justice sector reform, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in this area. Practical experience in conducting large scale capacity building activities, programme/project management and administration; Conceptual, analytical and evaluation skills, good research and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; Experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignment given, ability to plan 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; 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.

• Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

• Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, political or social science, criminal justice, international relations, public administration, or related field 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

At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in planning, implementing and monitoring criminal justice activities, especially in the area of capacity building. Specific experience including project and programme evaluation and budget and financial management are assets. Experience in research, policy development and a technical advisory service is desirable.  United Nations technical cooperation experience and experience in cooperation with the European Union desirable. Working or living experience in developing countries is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required.  Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

No Fee


Closing date: 12th February 2015


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