Research Officer (Coordinator), P4


Department/ Office

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station
Posting Period
1 October 2012-31 October 2012
Job Opening number
12-SOC-UNODC-25293-R-ABUJA (E)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational Setting and Reporting
The position is located at the Country Office in Nigeria (CONIG), Abuja of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer/Head of Support Team (PMO/HPST) and the overall guidance of the UNODC Representative. The Research Officer (Coordinator) will work under the technical supervision of the Chief of the Statistics and Surveys Section (SASS) at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna. S/he will work also in close collaboration with the Core Project Teams in CONIG and UNODC Headquarters staff.
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The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Lead, coordinate and monitor the implementation of surveys through all three projects, which are: Support to anti-corruption in Nigeria; Response to drugs and related organized crime; Support to the justice sector in Nigeria;
Design and implement population-based surveys on drug use, corruption, criminal justice and remote sensing surveys to monitor current trends in these areas with national partners;
Interact with senior managers from national counterparts to ensure their cooperation in the implementation of the surveys and their smooth operations;
Coordinate and participate in the design of technical assistance programmes/projects for the development or strengthening of national monitoring systems for drug use, corruption and criminal justice , including the implementation of surveys;
Prepare and manage a consolidated plan of activities related to data collection in the field of crime and drugs, including illicit crop monitoring as well population-based surveys, in close collaboration with relevant national counterparts;
Plan, coordinate, supervise and provide expertise for the conduct and implementation of data collection activities and surveys including corruption, drug use, criminal justice and cannabis surveys in collaboration with national counterparts;
In coordination with the Project Coordinators, plan and supervise all baseline studies foreseen under the three projects;
Monitor and analyze the development and implementation of activities under the three projects related to data collection and reporting; coordinate and review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; and ensure follow-up actions;
Coordinate and supervise activities related to budget funding as related to data collection through all three projects (programme/project preparation and submission, progress reports, financial statements, etc) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc);
Ensure the conformity of data collection activities related to criminal justice , corruption, and drugs with methodological guidelines established by UNODC;
Identify and help to introduce survey methodological improvements;
Ensure quality control in the implementation of data collection activities and reporting;
Undertake field missions, with a view to assist government/relevant institutions to conduct assessments and identify measures required to monitor the evolution of the drug and crime situation;
Coordinate the contribution to the reporting of data/information on illicit crops (cannabis), drugs and crime (particularly corruption) and criminal justice to UNODC Headquarters;
Manage, supervise and provide training and technical guidance to national and international research officers working in the country office or beneficiary institutions;
Liaise effectively with substantial units at UNODC Headquarters, in particular with the Drug Prevention and Health Branch, the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch and the Justice Section as well as with counterparts, development partners and other stakeholders in Nigeria to avoid overlap and duplication of efforts and ensure UN wide coordination;
Undertake any other related activities, as may be required.
Professionalism: Has knowledge of the mandates of UNODC. Has knowledge and experience in programmes to compile process and analyze data. Has ability to design and monitor data collection activities such as population-based and remote sensing surveys. Has knowledge and experience in programme management. Ability to apply statistical methods to the collection of information. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of drug-related statistics; 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 perspective s and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Very good communication skills to liaise negotiate and advocate with key stakeholders and other implementing agencies. Proven ability to write technical reports and reviews and conduct presentations.
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.
Planning and 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.
Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision;considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks, clearly communicates links between the organization's strategy and the work unit's goals, generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction, conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, statistics, environmental sciences , agronomy, geography, or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience in production/analysis of statistical data, and in programme management is required; including several years of experience in the development, implementation or supervision of large-scale surveys in areas such as agriculture, environment, drug use, corruption, crime or other socio-economic. Practical experience in the design and implementation of technical assistance and training programmes in at least one of the subject area (crops, drugs or corruption) is required. Experience in the use of geographic information technologies such as remote sensing , geographic information systems and satellite-based position systems for land and environmental resources planning and management is an asset. Experience with the design implementation of surveys in West Africa is an asset. Previous work experience with the United Nations an asset. Knowledge of EU funded projects is an advantage. Fully proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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