Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Officer, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 03 December 2019 - 01 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Social Affairs-UNODC-127610-R-Dakar (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 UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of UNODC’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa and in close collaboration with the Research and Trend Analysis Branch at UNODC HQ. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, ROSEN. S/he will also liaise and cooperate closely with all relevant substantive UNDOC Sections in Dakar and Vienna, as well as the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East in the UNDOC Division for Operations.

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The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Plan, design, carry out and coordinate substantive research programmes and projects in West and Central Africa and contribute to the development and implementation of regional/country studies, trend and threat assessments on criminal justice /drugs/crime/terrorism and their linkages with governance, security and development issues, including in particular relevant trans-national issues;

• Undertake research using standard social science research tools and practices and lead, prepare, assign and coordinate the preparation of various elements of the research output, including supervision of the work of staff and consultants;

• Identify, select relevant sources, information and data and ensure correct usage of data and information resources as they relate to individual studies/assessments. Prepare and coordinate the preparation of reports, graphs and maps, and prepare final outputs;

• Coordinate and provide expertise for the conduct and implementation of surveys including the preparation of survey questionnaires, reports and presentations; Lead, coordinate and monitor the implementation of the research programme, including thematic and regional components. Identify needs and priorities and drive the formulation of the programme of data collection, methodological development and capacity building to support the research work;

• Collect and review information and reports from UNODC and other UN offices, governmental institutions, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs/NGOs), media reports and other relevant sources. Monitor the evolution of the criminal justice/drugs/crime/terrorism situation and trans-national threats in West and Central Africa;

• Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, including background and working papers, technical reports and studies, briefings and presentations, as well as research-based reports to governing and technical bodies; contribute to the preparation of thematic research studies and reports on drugs and crime by either drafting parts of the studies or by reviewing drafts of others based on their relevance and quality;

• Participate in relevant field missions; provide substantive inputs to training, workshops and seminars and respond to demands for information on specific topics and participate in dissemination and briefing activities in relevant topics;

• Develop and maintain partnerships with governmental and other institutions; liaise with other international organizations and research institutions to develop synergy and collaborative arrangements in the area of data collection and analysis;

• Develop and advise on external communication strategies and tools ensuring alignment between research findings and the ROSEN external communication;

• Lead the work of the Regional Office Awareness and Research Unit; Ensure effective utilization of financial and human resources; prepare Terms of References of consultants and contractors and participate in their recruitment;

• Supervise, guide, evaluate and mentor staff; direct subordinates in programme implementation, monitoring and assessment; direct review of relevant documents and reports; identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and initiates follow-up actions;

• Perform other work related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime and drug related issues, and knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has strong research skills, including ability to analyze large data sets, to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques, draw conclusions and assess impact on the social development and policy issues. Is able to use sound judgment, to identify issues and participate in the resolutions of issues/problems. Is able to propose innovative research solutions and methods and formulate new strategies and methodological approaches to identify emerging trends. Is fully proficient in using computer applications, i.e. graphics software, spreadsheets and other statistical applications. 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.

•Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeping abreast of new developments in the political and technical areas relating to UNODC’s mandate and continuously seeking ways to increase relevance of UNODC; actively seeking to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributing to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; showing willingness to learn from others; seeking feedback to learn and improve.

•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.

•Judgment/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.

•Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) in the fields of criminology, sociology, statistics, economics, other social sciences or related humanities 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional research experience (quantitative and qualitative research) at the national or international level is required.
Experience in collaborative research and in international comparative Research, including at the field level, particularly in West and Central Africa is required.
Proven research experience and fluency in standard social science research protocols, methods and tools are required.
Research experience in criminal justice/illicit trafficking /organized crime issues is required.
Strong experience in the use of database management tools and data analysis software is required.
Working experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French, with excellent document drafting skills, particularly in English, is required. Knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a 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.

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.

Dakar is classified an A and a family duty station.

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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