The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is the UN main agency in the fight against illicit drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism in virtue of the UN Conventions and Universal Instruments in this regard.
The UNODC Regional Office for South Asia is located in New Delhi (India) and covers six countries of the region: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Its Regional Programme for South Asia ”Promoting the rule of Law and countering drugs and crime in South Asia (2013-2015)” has five sub-programmes relating to (1) countering transnational organized crime, (2) countering corruption, (3) terrorism prevention, (4) promoting efficient, fair and humane justice systems and (5) drug use prevention and treatment and HIV.
As part of sub-programme 1 of the Regional Programme, the Office is currently implementing a regional project titled “Strengthening drug law enforcement capacities in South Asia” (XSA/J81), which has been building capacities in six countries to better analyze, control and prevent drug trafficking, precursor chemical diversion and pharmaceutical abuse. In view of new emerging trends in the region with regard to drug trafficking, UNODC seeks to strengthen and expand this project. UNODC South Asia also seeks to link up with UNODC’s global research on the opiate trade in the region, with the Global SMART programme on synthetic drugs and the Global Computer Based Training programme on drug law enforcement with a view to strengthen and expand its counter narcotics enforcement efforts within the six countries for which the Office is responsible for. 
Under the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative for South Asia and under the direct supervision of the Regional Programme Coordinator for drug law enforcement in South Asia, the Drug Law Enforcement Expert is responsible for the implementation of the UNODC drug law enforcement programme and related areas in South Asia. The Drug Law Enforcement Expert conducts specialized operational training, analyzes drug control and related crime trends and formulates programme activities within his/her portfolio.
The Drug Law Enforcement Expert works in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNODC HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNODC programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Implementation of programme strategies;
  • Conduct of specialized operational training;
  • Analysis of key information with regard to the production and trafficking of controlled substances and related UNODC mandated crime areas;
  • Analysis of Governmental drug law enforcement responses and identification of needs for technical cooperation;
  • Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy;
  • Provision of top quality research and facilitation of knowledge building and management.
The Drug Law Enforcement Expert will be responsible for:
Ensures implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results
  • Thorough analysis and research of drug control and related crime trends in the region and preparation of substantive inputs to mandatory reports for UNODC’s governing bodies as well as other technical and research reports as required;
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the UNODDC mandated law enforcement and related rule of law-related areas;
  • Organization and conduct of trainings on drug law enforcement for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.
Ensures effective implementation of the UNODC drug law enforcement programme  focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Design and formulation of programme activities within the area of responsibility, translating UNODC’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones;
  • Initiation of a project, presentation of the project to internal review mechanisms, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review;
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions;
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported;
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.
Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with senior management focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNODC, country needs and donors’ priorities;
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.
Ensures provision of top quality research and advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building on drug trends in the region and related crime areas focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate technical, project reports and other relevant materials on the state of the art on counter narcotics enforcement and other forms of transnational organized crime.
Participate actively as a resource person in advocacy meetings, round-tables, training workshops and other meetings related to specific drug law enforcement issues in line with UNODC mandate areas.
Key Results expected
The key results have an impact on the success of the regional programme within the UNODC mandated areas in drug law enforcement and related crime areas. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.


Core competencies


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Planning & 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.
  • Takes ownership of responsibilities and honors commitments;
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Commitment to Continuous Learning:
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
  • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
  • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
  • Shows willingness to learn from others. 

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification:
  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, law, public administration or equivalent education from a recognized national police, customs or other staff learning college with specialization in counter narcotics enforcement and organised crime prevention;
  • A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
 Experience and skills:
  • At least 5 years of relevant and practical field experience in drug law enforcement operations at the national or regional level;
  • Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of drug law enforcement projects;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages;
  • Experience in handling of web based management system.
Language Requirements
  • Excellent command of English language (oral and written).