Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant – Corruption and illicit financial flows
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 16 September 2021 - 21 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-164029-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Under the supervision of the Chief of DDDS, the Consultant will:

1) Perform desk research and review the literature on statistical methods to measure the economic value generated by corruption and related illicit financial flows, starting from UNODC existing measurement framework and measurement methods;
2) Contribute to define a framework for the measurement of corruption-related IFFs;
3) Review the types of data available to UNODC, including data collected from surveys among the general population and from business surveys;
4) Prepare a review of possible indicators and statistical methodologies (e.g network scale-up methods) useful to measure cross-border financial flows related to different types of corruption phenomena (bribery, embezzlement, trading in influence, illicit enrichment);
5) Develop a customised methodology to measure IFFs from corruption, consistently with the framework and definition for the measurement of IFFs established by UNODC and UNCTAD;
6) Participate in expert group meetings, IFFs task force, trainings and regional meetings with IFFs experts and with pilot countries institutions;
7) Draft methodological notes and maintain documentation of the activities.

Work Location


Expected duration

15 November 2021 – 31 March 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

Many forms of crimes are associated with illicit financial flows (IFFs). Effectively countering IFFs is not only essential to combat organized crime and terrorism, but it is also central for limiting the erosion of resources that crimes are draining from many developing and developed countries. IFFs are also critical enablers for other forms of crime (whether organized or not), such as corruption and tax evasion, which constitute a threat to security by weakening the state and the institutions of law and order.

Compared to the gravity of the problem, the quantitative evidence on IFFs is still poor but important progress has been made recently in the framework of statistical activities related to the global SDG indicators framework. The UN Statistical Commission has identified the indicator 16.4.1 “Total value of inward and outward illicit financial flows (in current United States dollars)” as the global metric to monitor 16.4 target (“By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime”), together with another indicator on illicit firearms trafficking. The Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDGs (IAEG-SDGs) has tasked UNODC, together with UNCTAD, to develop an appropriate methodology to measure IFFs that can be used by national statistical authorities to produce relevant estimates. UNODC and UNCTAD have developed a comprehensive framework for the statistical measurement of IFFs , which has been endorsed by the IAEG-SDG. Based on this framework, between 2017 and 2020, UNODC developed a set of draft methodological guidelines to collect data and measure IFFs associated with various criminal activities and tested them on the field by conducting pilot activities in four countries of Latin America (Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador).

In 2020, UNODC, UNCTAD, and ESCAP inaugurated a new set of activities within a new project aimed at consolidating existing methodological guidelines to measure IFFs and creating new ones to be tested in selected countries of Asia and the Pacific.

The purpose of the assignment is to support the UNODC Data Development and Dissemination Section (DDDS) and the Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB) in the development of a statistical methodology to measure IFFs related to corruption activities (not only covering bribery, embezzlement, trading in influence and illicit enrichment), consistently with the Conceptual Framework developed by UNODC and UNCTAD.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

• An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, criminology or social sciences 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.


• A minimum of five (5) years of experience applicable to the assignment including knowledge of concepts, methodologies and data sources required to estimate corruption, money laundering and/or illicit financial flows is required.
• Experience in developing statistical methodologies, managing large datasets, performing data validation, designing data collection tools and carrying out statistical analysis using R or Python are required.
• Excellent planning, organizational, drafting and communication skills are required.
• A track record in quantitative research related to the economics of corruption, producing analytical publications according to UN standards or working with UN editorial guidelines are desirable.
• Demonstrated skills in research and communication, preferably in an international environment requiring cultural sensitivity and knowledge of different political, administrative and legal systems are desirable.


• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, with excellent drafting and communication skills, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

No Fee


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