Programme Officer (Border Management), P4

Programme Officer (Border Management), P4

UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Bangkok, Thailand

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the Regional Office for South-East Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Bangkok, Thailand. The Programme Officer (Border Management) will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative, ROSEAP and in close consultation and coordination with the Programme Coordinator, ROSEAP.


Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Border Management) will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Manage the development, implementation and monitoring of activities designed to strengthen the interdiction of drugs, precursor chemicals, wildlife, foreign terrorist fighters and migrant smuggling at borders across the ASEAN Region, with a focus on the countries of the Mekong Sub-Region;
  • Manage the implementation of activities to strengthen the role of women in law enforcement and to increase the number of agencies in ASEAN Region who adopt gender-inclusive polices;
  • Mentor national authorities to increase their ability to collect information related to transnational organized crime threats and to generate actionable analyses for frontline officers in high-risk border locations;
  • Complete and present data-focused research on emerging threats, and maintain a list of human, technical and data sources to generate general and specific research that governments in ASEAN Region can use to determine actions by law enforcement agencies;
  • Lead ongoing needs assessment and other technical missions to border control checkpoints to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals for countries of the ASEAN Region;
  • Maintain, develop, coordinate and/or contribute to training curricula and training materials to support and sustain the programme’s goals and outputs.
  • Prepare the necessary sub-programme reports, including work plans, budget segments, programme/project progress, performance and/or implementation delivery reports;
  • Assess the quality and impact of assistance measures in border management by creating data-focused tools that integrate geospatial information, socio-economic variables and operational data from border locations;
  • Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, working papers, reports, background papers, analyses, presentations, proposals and documents, briefings, training materials, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.;
  • Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyse and advise on border management issues; conduct training and presentations and participate as a resource person in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings;
  • Provide regular reports to UNODC and relevant stakeholders on advancement of work, programme implementation status, delivery and results;
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to combating crime, illicit drugs and terrorism prevention related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, judiciary, prosecution, human trafficking, organized crime, financial crime and related areas. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has up to date knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, criminology, security studies or a related field is required. A first-level university degree OR equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in data analysis, design and delivery is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in drug control activities, crime and/or terrorism prevention, including international experience in one or more of the following areas is required: law enforcement, crime prevention, criminal and/or financial investigations, police, prosecutions, customs, border control, combating organized crime, drug and human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and/or criminal intelligence processes. Experience using risk-based working methodology (profiling) is required. Experience in programme/project management and technical cooperation is highly desirable. Working experience in field environment is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.

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