Job Opening

Posting Title: Statistics Assistant, G5
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 09 September 2020 - 15 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Statistics-UNODC-141203-R-Vienna (O)
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 Data Development and Dissemination Section (DDDS), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Statistician responsible for the Data Team.

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Within assigned authority, the Statistical Assistant will be responsible for the following specific duties:

- Compile, process and harmonize data sets related to mandated data collections on drugs and crime, and ensure their incorporation into relevant databases.

- Identify and establish standard protocols for data processing and harmonization including by developing and implementing standard procedures to assess data quality and consistency of production datasets.

- Assist in the production and analysis of regional and global estimates of key drug and crime indicators.

- Maintain metadata repository on drug and crime indicators to improve data quality and facilitate interpretation of published data.

- Assist in the communication with national counterparts in data collection processes to improve coverage and quality of collected data, and with UNODC counterparts, including Field Offices; ensure proper channeling of incoming responses to any needed follow-up action; reach out to national and international organizations to obtain necessary statistical and other relevant information and systematically follow through.

- Support the data management process; contribute to design, development and maintenance of databases, including internal IT tools for the processing of data and for making data available to analysts within UNODC.

- Assemble and examine statistical material on drugs and crime, to ensure comprehensive and up-to-date multi-source datasets; make appropriate adjustments and ensure the incorporation of additional data-sources into the relevant UNODC database.

- Prepare datasets, graphs, maps, factsheets and other outputs for reporting, presentation of various data and to facilitate further review and analysis of data. Compile presentations as required.

- Prepare draft technical documents for meetings and assist in developing relevant reports including on database trends. Contribute to and assist in the production of fact sheets on drug and crime data in coordination with relevant UNODC offices.

- Assist in liaising with UNODC-wide staff to collect relevant and available statistics on drugs and crime.

- Organize and participate in seminars, expert meetings and working groups as required.

- Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


- Professionalism: Has ability and knowledge to handle large datasets and to identify, extract, process, analyze, disseminate data, using statistical software. Is able to support the design of data collection and analysis procedures. Is able to apply sound judgement in the context of assignments given. Understands the work area, specifically drugs and crime related data issues, the functions and the organization of the work unit. Has very good research and analytical skills, is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and 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.

- Communication: 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

- Planning& 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.


High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

Minimum five (5) years of work experience in statistics or related area is required.
Experience in the use of statistical software for data validation and processing, such as SPSS, R, Python or Stata, and management of large databases and multi-source datasets is required.
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is required.
Experience in computer programming (e.g. SQL, VBA, Java) is desirable.
Experience in the support of analytical work, preferably in drugs and crime is desirable.
Experience in supporting the implementation of projects or activities with multiple stakeholders is desirable.
Experience in working with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post 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 position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Other Skills and Requirements

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.

The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.

Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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