The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Program Coordinator located at the UNODC Iraq Office in Baghdad, and the overall substantive guidance of the GLO.ACT Project Coordinator and the Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa

The National Project Officer will work in collaboration with the operations, programme and project staff in the Iraq Country Office to exchange information and ensure consistent services delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the National Project Officer will assist in the implementation of the GLO.ACT project “Global action to prevent and address trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants” in Iraq. In particular the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Provide substantive and technical expertise for the implementation and assessment of the project, including the collection and compilation of relevant background data and information, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Undertake associated desk research and assessment missions;
  • Assist in coordinating project implementation and monitoring, for example, by arranging assistance delivery and procurement in line with UN rules and regulations;
  • Attend and contribute to technical consultations with participating countries, donors and other actors on measures against trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants;
  • Facilitate and provide training and other capacity-building assistance for criminal justice actors, including the development of related technical material and the monitoring of training and assistance provided;
  • Undertake negotiations and consultations on anti-trafficking in persons and anti-smuggling issues, especially those concerning criminal justice, with relevant international bodies and organizations and NGOs, as required;
  • Prepare technical presentations on the project at related regional/international criminal justice and/or other events, as required;
  • Design and facilitate interregional, regional and national training activities targeted to criminal justice related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants;
  • Design, prepare and/or facilitate standardized training materials, as an ongoing task;
  • Contribute to updating, by reviewing and revising, relevant UNODC training and capacity-building tools; promote their use and application by respective target groups; compile information on best practices in the response to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants;
  • Prepare periodic project progress reports and contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of GLO.ACT including supporting the mid-term and final independent evaluations;
  • Undertake outreach and dissemination activities, as required and promote cooperation and continuous sharing of information;
  • Coordinate with other intergovernmental organizations, relevant non-governmental organizations and institutions which are active in the provision of training on related issues at the regional or country level;
  • Perform other duties as required.



Has in-depth knowledge and specialization in the field of human trafficking and/or migrant smuggling. Has knowledge of policies and practices in crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.


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.

Client Orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal law, criminology, and/or related social science, international relations, political science, law, or public administration. A first-level university degree in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


  • 2 years of relevant professional experience in crime prevention and criminal justice at national and international levels is required. Direct experience in the criminal investigation and/or prosecution of transnational organized crime, on cases of trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants, or other roles concerning the response to trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants at gradually increasing levels of responsibility is required. Experience in international criminal justice matters as well as familiarity with project formulation, implementation and monitoring, and exposure to international development cooperation is highly desirable. Living/working experience in developing countries and proven cross-cultural and gender sensitivity are highly desirable


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic i.e. oral and written proficiency, are required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.