Representative, P5

UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Lima, Peru

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Peru and Ecuador (ROPER), in Lima, Peru. The incumbent will serve as Representative for Peru and Ecuador, and will head the Regional Office under the overall guidance of the Director, Division for Operations (DO) and the direct supervision of the Chief, Regional Section for Latin America and the Caribbean (RSLAC) located at Headquarters in Vienna.


Within delegated authority, the Representative is responsible for the effective implementation of UNODC programmes and activities in the designated country in supporting Member States capacities to deal effectively with issues related to drug, crime and terrorism, i.e. UNODC’s core mandated areas. S/he will be responsible and accountable for the efficient management of all human and financial resources allocated to the programmes and the office, as well as for ensuring outputs of a high quality standard.

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


  • Provide advice to the Governments of Peru and Ecuador on the development of national and regional long-term capacity-building in drug control and crime prevention, in order to promote adherence to and ensure consistency with the terms of the United Nations conventions, drug control treaties, the Conventions against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and Corruption (UNCAC) and the international instruments to counter terrorism, as well as with the goals and objectives of the 20th Special Session of the General Assembly. Represent UNODC’s position and interests in Peru and Ecuador, especially within the host country, and promote solid partnerships with governmental institutions, civil society, regional and international aid agencies and financial institutions, parliamentarians and the media;
  • Promote a better understanding of the importance of core-mandate matters, encourage increased priority attention to all aspects of the related mandates and advocate the inclusion of these issues in government planning documents as well as in relevant programmes of other bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organizations.

Programme Development/Resource Mobilization:

  • Formulate programme objectives as regards technical assistance for the country, in order to stress the essential importance for an effective technical cooperation;
  • Ensure that drugs/crime related issues are embedded in key UN programmatic instruments (e.g. UNDAF);
  • Explore opportunities to maintain the volume of the Country Office programme portfolio in line with UNODC strategy and Government requests, develop proposals and oversee their implementation;
  • Ensure that a resource mobilization strategy remains in place that promotes long-term involvement including financial and in-kind support and resources by the governments, international, public and private sector donors to the work of UNODC for the core infrastructure and technical assistance programme of UNODC in Peru and Ecuador;
  • Maintain regular consultations with counterparts and ensure that donor funding agreements are timely honoured.

Office Management/security:

  • In accordance with established policies and delegated authority, manage the financial and human resources assigned to the local UNODC Office under his/her supervision, ensuring appropriate coverage, guidance and supervision of staff and efficient and effective use of such resources;
  • Implement local security management decisions taken by the Designated Official (DO and Security Management Team (SMT) and appropriate security and safety measures and arrangements for UNODC staff, personnel, eligible family members, as well as for all UNODC premises and operations in the country/region, in coordination with the local United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) security officials, and with advice from the UNODC Focal Point for Field Security at Headquarters Vienna, as appropriate.

Programme implementation:

  • Coordinate, monitor and evaluate the overall progress of ongoing activities in Peru and Ecuador in order to ensure the effective project/progamme delivery and use of funds as well as consistency, substantively, technically and financially with the objectives set forth in the programming tools;
  • In the project cycle management, approve directly project documents in conformity with UNODC Management Instructions (MI), intervene when difficulties arise, take remedial actions as required and identify appropriate solutions;
  • Manage corresponding budget and programme resources;
  • Ensure integrity of and timely substantive and financial reporting;
  • Keep UNODC Headquarters informed of the progress being made.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug and/or terrorism related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has professional competence in technical assistance issues, programme development and execution. Has ability to provide effective specialized advice in a broad range of development assistance issues and to negotiate and resolve politically sensitive issues/problems with governments and cooperating institutions. Has excellent networking skills as well as resource mobilization and coordination capabilities. Has ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports and papers on technical issues as well as rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. Has ability to demonstrate success/impact in areas related to drug and crime control, particularly in a developing country context. Has sensitivity to political issues and adaptability to the local environment, hardship and emergency/security situations. 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;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • Planning and 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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political or social sciences, international relations, programme management, economics, law, public or business administration, is required. A first-level university degree in a related area in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in a development-related area, with increasing responsibilities and excellent performance record in programme management and international relations is required. Solid expertise in rule of law issues relevant to UNODC’s mandate such as drug control and crime/terrorism prevention is required. Several years of direct, hands-on experience coordinating and leading the implementation of programmes and projects, including field assignment, is required. Proven administrative/financial and human resources management of an office or team consisting of highly skilled professionals is desirable. Work experience in UNODC, UN agencies/funds/programmes or other relevant national/international organisations and institutions is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish, with proven drafting and communication skills is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.

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