Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Officer (Trafficking in Persons), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: SUVA
Posting Period: 08 November 2019 - 07 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Social Affairs-UNODC-125734-R-Suva (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Suva, Fiji, operating under the Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), Bangkok, Thailand, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for South-East Asia and the Pacific, with to the additional reporting line being the Research Officer in the Crime Research Section (CRS), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB) at UNODC Headquarters (HQ), Vienna.

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The Research Officer (Trafficking in Persons) will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the project on data collection, data management and prevalence estimation in the Pacific. The Research Officer will in particular perform the following tasks:

•Monitor the evolution of trafficking in persons trends and patterns at the relevant regional as well as national levels.

•Organize training seminars for national experts on good practices in data collection and data management related to trafficking in persons.

•Participate in fact-finding missions to government and other relevant counterparts in the project countries.

•Routinely collect and review information and reports concerning trafficking in persons from UNODC and other UN offices, governmental institutions, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs/NGOs), media reports and other relevant sources.

•Liaise with officials of governments, research institutions, representatives of national, regional and global organizations in identification of relevant sources of information.

•Collect, organize and store sources and information on trafficking in persons and other relevant fields with a view to ensuring the wide application of research by eventual incorporation into UNODC’s data bases/information management system.

•Prepare/contribute to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. draft reports or sections of analytical reports, studies, background papers, parliamentary documents, briefings, correspondence, etc.

•Undertake other work-related assignments as may be required.


•Professionalism: Has sound knowledge of trafficking in persons with very good analytical and drafting skills; has knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts related to crime issues, specifically trafficking in person; has some knowledge of trafficking in persons situation in the Pacific region. Is able to use sound judgment; has the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; is able to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources; 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.

•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.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, sociology, economics, social sciences or related fields 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 social science research, socio-economic development, trafficking in persons or related area is required.
Experience in the use of quantitative and qualitative social science methods is desirable.
Experience in delivering training on data collection, research or trafficking in persons is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. The selected candidate will be offered an initial appointment of 12 months. The extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Suva is classified in the B category.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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