Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 02 September 2020 - 08 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Social Affairs-UNODC-140233-R-Vienna (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 Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), at the UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer, Afghan Opiate Trade Project (AOTP) and the overall managerial and technical supervision of the Chief, PDMU.

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In the framework of UNODC’s Afghan Opiate Trade Project (AOTP), the Research Officer will be responsible for the preparation of studies and threat assessments on Afghan Opiate Trade at global/regional/country levels. The studies/assessments will focus on issues relating to the trafficking of Afghan Opiates and their linkages with economic development, security and governance issues. The information contained in the reports will assist the international community in identifying and responding to drug control and crime prevention priorities as well as adapting technical assistance.

The incumbent will, in particular, perform the following specific duties:
•Update and analyse data (including seizure reports, individual drug seizures and other information captured in various UNODC instruments) pertaining to illicit trafficking of opiates along the major opiate trafficking routes.
•Design research methodology for AOTP reports on Afghan opiate trafficking, including the involvement of women in the opiate trade, the organisations of drug trafficking and opiate trafficking along the southern route.
•Monitor the evolution of the Afghan Opiate Trade situation and trans-national threats in selected priority regions/countries and routinely collect and review relevant 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.
•Liaise with UNODC and other experts, officials of governments and research institutions, representatives of national, regional and global organizations in identification of relevant sources of information.
•Identify, select relevant sources, information and data and ensure correct usage of data and information resources as they relate to individual studies/assessments.
•Prepare written outputs, such as background and working papers, analytical notes, and presentations to governing and technical bodies.
•Provide substantive inputs to technical assistance projects and participate in relevant field missions, training, workshops and seminars and respond to demands for information on specific topics.
•Participate in dissemination and briefing activities on assigned topics.
•Undertake other assignments as may be required.


- Professionalism: has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug related issues and has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; has knowledge of research methods, approaches and techniques and has very good analytical skills to identify, analyse and articulate difficult issues/problems; is able to use sound judgment; has strong research skills, including ability 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; 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.
- Creativity: actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sociology, statistics, economics, other social sciences, research 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 five years of relevant professional work experience in research (quantitative and qualitative research) at the national or international level is required.
Experience in collaborative research and in international comparative research, preparation of research guidelines, including at the field level, is required.
Proven research experience and fluency in standard social science research protocols, methods and tools is required.
Research experience in drugs issues is required.
Experience with the United Nations system or other similar international organizations 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 other official UN languages, particularly Russian, is an advantage.


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 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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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

Vienna is classified an H 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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