Project Assistant, Beirut, Lebanon At Office on Drugs and Crime

Closing date: Friday, 10 March 2023


Description of assignment title: Project Assistant

Assignment country: Lebanon

Expected start date: 04/01/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Volunteer category: National UN Youth Volunteer

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNODC

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Beirut


Mission and objectives

UNODC’s mission is to contribute to global peace and security, human rights and development by making the world safer from drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. This Strategy for the next five years will equip UNODC to deliver effectively, efficiently and with accountability, elevating our support to Member States to build just, inclusive and resilient societies that leave no one behind.


In 2009, UNODC established a Counter Piracy Programme (CPP) to respond to the then new threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia. Since then, the CPP expanded into the GMCP including regional teams, namely the Atlantic Ocean Team, the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea Team, the Indian Ocean West Team, the Indian Ocean East Team, the Latin America & Caribbean Team, the Mediterranean Team and the Pacific Ocean Team. GMCP supports United Nations member states to combat maritime crime including piracy, smuggling, trafficking in persons, and trafficking of illegal substances. GMCP’s support to member states includes training of officers from maritime law enforcement agencies, the provision and maintenance of equipment, and communication and coordination initiatives between agencies and regional states to improve the exchange of good practices and strengthen the overall criminal justice chain to disrupt maritime crime. GMCP has developed a strong training component through delivering Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) training courses for maritime law enforcement (MLE) agencies that enhance the technical and practical knowledge and law enforcement to combat maritime crime in line with a sound rule of law framework. In Lebanon, the UNODC GMCP works with maritime law enforcement agencies to support their activities to counter maritime crime and also promote regional exchange of knowledge.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Associate Programme Officer, UNODC, the National UN Youth Volunteer will:

  •  Assist in project planning, implementation, and monitoring activities.
  •  Contributes project documentation, including project plans, reports, and meeting minutes.
  •  Assist in coordinating meetings, workshops, and other project-related events.
  •  Assist in the preparation of project budgets and monitor expenses.
  •  Assist in the procurement of project supplies and equipment.
  •  Maintain project files and records, including contracts, invoices, and other relevant documents.
  •  Liaise with project stakeholders, including clients, partners, and vendors.
  •  Assist in the preparation of project presentations and reports.
  •  Perform other duties as assigned by the Project Manager.
  •  Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 – 26


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

2 years of experience in , and/or, demonstrated interest in criminal justice, peace and development;

  •  Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  •  Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
  •  Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
  •  Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
  •  Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
  •  Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others).

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in International Relations, Political Science, Social Work

Competencies and values

  •  Professionalism
  •  Integrity
  •  Teamwork and respect for diversity
  •  Commitment to continuous learning
  •  Communicationups;
  •  Flexibility
  •  Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. This position is based in Beirut, Lebanon. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan. National UN Volunteers are expected to be culturally sensitive and adjust to the prevailing culture and traditions.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy.


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