Project Coordinator job at UNODC

  • Full Time
  • Lima, Peru
  • Applications have closed

Website United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Job Description


The Global Scientific and Forensic Services Support Project (GLOU54) looks to enhance scientific and forensic capacity worldwide. It builds upon past and current UNODC activities in the scientific and laboratory sector with a focus on sustainable, integrated forensic science services in support of criminal justice, the rule of law as well as the health sector. Within assigned authority and under the substantive guidance of DLSSB, DPA, UNODC Headquarters Vienna, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Coordinate the implementation and further development of UNODC’s activities in the field of safe handling and disposal of drugs and precursor chemicals in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
  • Coordinate the establishment of an Internet-based disposal assessment tool to monitor and analyze the chemical disposal situation and support the development of national disposal plans in LAC.
  •  Negotiate data sharing arrangements with governments in LAC to ensure that up-to-date, geo-referenced information is available for the web-based disposal tool in suitable formats; liaise with UNOV Information and Technology Service and relevant UNODC Offices to develop a user-friendly platform.
  • Liaise with key government officials and counterparts to facilitate the provision of technical guidance and expertise to national counterparts and UNODC field offices in LAC on safe handling and chemical disposal.
  • Coordinate the development and improvement of national chemical disposal work plans, including supportive legislative frameworks.
  • Foster contacts and, where appropriate, co-operation and partnerships with bodies and institutions at national, regional and international levels tasked with drug and precursor control.
  • Promote and develop public-private partnerships in the safe handling and disposal of chemicals in beneficiary countries under the project.
  • Ensure promotion and visibility of the project achievements to key counterparts and donors to expand LSS portfolio on safe handling and chemical disposal across the LAC region, including by identifying new areas and countries where assistance is required.
  • Coordinate the recruitment of project staff and consultants to be based in the field of the LAC region. Guide and coordinate the work of local project staff based in the LAC field offices.
  • As required, guide and coordinate the work of other project staff; mentor and guide consultants, interns and associate experts in their work.
  • Coordinate closely on all activities carried out under the programme with programme officers and technical experts at LSS.
  • Prepare and submit for approval narrative and financial reports, quarterly, semi-annual and annual project progress reports, and other ad hoc reports as required. Prepare and deliver regular updates and presentations on the progress of project implementation as required.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for the programme by establishing and maintaining close liaison with donor countries and other partners in coordination with DLSSB, COPER and other relevant UNODC offices in LAC, including ROPAN and ROCOL.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, business administration, management, economics, chemistry, pharmacy, forensic science or a related field, is required.
  • A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in project/programme management is required.
  • Work experience with the implementation of technical support projects in drug control, criminal justice or crime prevention is required.
  • Work experience within the UN system and/or in an international organization is desirable.
  • Work experience in Latin America and Caribbean region is desirable.
  • Work experience in safe handling and disposal of chemicals is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.