National Programme Officer (NPO)

Application Deadline :29-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :10 months (until 31 December 2021), with possibility of extension

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UNODC is implementing the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (RP SEE) which covers inter alia of Bosnia and Herzegovina (along with Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo under UNSCR 1244) and works in cooperation with inter alia Global Programme to Prevent and Combat Corruption through effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in support of Sustainable Development Goal 16 and the Global Programme Against Money-Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML).

Both the Global Corruption and Anti-money Laundering Programmes are aimed at assisting Member States around the world to strengthen their ability to implement measures against corruption, money-laundering and the financing of terrorism and to assist them in detecting, seizing, freezing and confiscating illicit proceeds, as required pursuant to United Nations instruments and other globally accepted standards, by providing relevant and appropriate technical assistance upon request.

The Regional Programme provides the overall platform for the UNODC involvement in South East Europe and supports the various thematic areas of the UNODC mandate.

The initiative “From Illicit Financial Flows to Asset Recovery” has as an overall objective to improve the overall security in the Western Balkans and beyond by combatting organised crime and terrorism. The specific objectives of the initiative are: (i) enhancing capacities to seize proceeds and instrumentalities of crime, with a view to ensure future confiscation; (ii) enhancing asset recovery capabilities, and pursuing proceeds and instrumentalities of crime through national coordination and regional and interregional cooperation; and (iii) enabling the collection of appropriate statistics on the different steps within the asset recovery process.

Among the foreseen results of the initiative are better ability in the region to detect, trace and seize proceeds and instrumentalities of crime, as well as to share relevant information or evidence for seizure and confiscation in other jurisdictions; increased regional and interregional cooperation on the subject matter; and introduction of datasets, research and evidence base.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will work under the overall framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. They will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the overall guidance and supervision of the  Regional Anti-corruption Advisor based in Serbia, as well as under the additional supervision of the Coordinator of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe based in the UNODC Headquarters in Vienna. The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor in activities related to the management, implementation and monitoring of the asset recovery and anti-corruption programmes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and other jurisdictions of the SEE region as requested;
  • Provide substantive support to all asset recovery and anticorruption activities, including but not exclusively, national and regional workshops, training activities, legislative drafting meetings, policy workshops, thematic guides/tools development, etc;
  • Ensure appropriate nominations and arrangements for study tours and training courses;
  • Coordinate and cooperate with expert missions as required;
  • Identify and prioritize requirements for training activities, ensure appropriate nominations and arrangements;
  • Identify consultancy needs, develop terms of reference for the proposed consultancies and assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of consultants and instructors;
  • Prepare work plans, monitoring reports (monthly, biennial and annual), background documents, mid-term evaluations and the final evaluation as well as any other required reports;
  • Draft all necessary project progress reports and project implementation delivery rate reports as well as any other required documentation;
  • Support the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor in day-to-day communication with counterparts working across the region;
  • Assist the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor in administrative, financial, logistical, project management and other types of issues for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the SEE region;
  • Provide support to the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor in reviewing and revising the budget; draft annual and other budget proposals; monitor and control the budget of the project;
  • Monitor adherence to the workplan, identify problems, propose solutions to the management;
  • Support the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor in the reporting functions of the Programme, including donor report and regular UNODC reporting;
  • Support the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor in the communication fucntions of the Programme, including in accordance with the visbility plan of the Programme;
  • Support the financial and administrative elements of the implementation of the programme in line with the UNODC requirements;
  • Support the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor in maintaining contacts with the government and other partners of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other jurisdictions of the SEE region nd facilitate smooth communication between them and UNODC;
  • Maintain close cooperation with the UNODC Offices in SEE in the implementation of the UNODC projects and on other matters in close cooperation and under the overall guidance of the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor and the Head of UNODC Programme Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Underake research and data collection, provide inputs into and prepare various written outputs, including but not limited to reports, briefing notes, background materials, project documentation (including project documents, project revisions, workplans, logical frameworks, budgets, etc) and others;
  • Control project assets, maintain office equipment and keep inventory list;
  • Collect documents and keep files related to the programmes and projects implementation;
  • Support correspondence and communication with all relevant counterparts of UNODC;
  • Support fund-raising activities for UNODC in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wider SEE region;
  • Participate in the work of the UNCT in Bosnia and Herzegovinaunder the overall supervision of the Head of UNODC Programme Office;
  • Perform other duties as required, in particular in the context of the implementation and future development of the RP SEE and its sub-programmes;
  • Work in close cooperation applying principles of teamwork with all colleagues at national and international level.


Professionalism: A good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to organized crime, corruption and economic crime related issues. Has good knowledge of legislative aspects of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the United Nations Convention against Corruption, particularly in respect to international cooperation and asset recovery. Practical work experience in the implementation of technical assistance projects is considered a strong asset. Has ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Has ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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 exhibit interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the 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.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, or related areas.
  • A first-level university degree in these or similar fields in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.  


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in an area related to crime prevention and criminal justice, preferably with a focus on organized crime, corruption and/or closely related issues.
  • Experience with asset recovery and international cooperation is a strong asset.
  • Experience of working in an international setting or with international partners is an asset. 

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Bosnian and English and good drafting skills are required.
  • Working knowledge of at least one of the other languages spoken in the country/region, is an asset.

Technical skills:

  • Proficiency in current office software applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and related information technology software and hardware (i.e. servers, internet, etc.).
  • Experience in United Nations technical assistance, specifically projects in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice and familiarity with United Nations administrative procedures is desirable.

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