Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant (Research Coordinator)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 22 December 2021 - 30 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-171333-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Consultant will coordinate the research component of the project, conduct the research for Nigeria, oversee the work of the national research partners and other consultants and produce a final research report.
The Consultant will be home based, with possible missions to requesting countries and will report directly to the STRIVE Juvenile Project Manager and work under the overall guidance of the of the Coordinator of the Global Programme to End Violence against Children (GLOZ43) and the Chief of the Justice Section.

Work Location

Home based/with travel as requested (possibly to Austria, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iraq - tbc).

Expected duration

24 January to 30 September 2022 (126 working days)

Duties and Responsibilities

The mission of UNODC is to contribute to the achievement of security and justice for all by making the world safer from crime, drugs, and terrorism. UNODC has the mandate to support Member States in strengthening justice systems with the objectives to (i) better serve and protect children; and (ii) to prevent and respond to violence against children.
The mandate and role of UNODC in providing assistance in the areas of violence against children, justice for children and protection of children from terrorism have been reaffirmed throughout the years. In 2015, UNODC launched its Global Programme to End Violence against Children (Global Programme to END VAC). The Programme has been the vehicle to ensure policy and technical assistance coherence within UNODC in the area of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.
Under the Global Programme to END VAC, in 2016, UNODC began to work on Preventing and Responding to Violence against Children by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups, delivering technical assistance activities to over 35 countries in different regions of the world and has focused on multi-disciplinary capacity-building. Within this project, UNODC developed and launched a Training Package composed of four complementary publications. In addition, in 2019, UNODC launched the UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups, which summarizes relevant guidance for action in the areas of prevention; rehabilitation and reintegration; justice responses, by proposing selected recommendations. Further information on the Global Programme to END VAC and its achievements are accessible at: prison-reform/endvac.html
Recently, UNODC and the European Union have joined forces for the implementation of the project “STRIVE Juvenile: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Children by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups”. The project includes a research component aiming to:
- Address the lack of research on how the phenomenon of recruitment and exploitation by terrorist and violent extremist groups affects children specifically (including by investigating root causes);
- Collect evidence on effective interventions when dealing with children associated with terrorist and violent extremist groups.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law, social sciences, including anthropology, international relations, criminology and sociology, international development areas, such as sustainable development, development studies, economics or related field is required. PhD in a relevant field is desirable. 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.
Experience: • At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in justice for children, child protection, migration (and the involvement of children), security and counter terrorism, social sciences or related field is required;
• Minimum of 5 official reports or academic publications in related fields is required;
• Mastery of social sciences research methods and methodologies is required;
• Strong track record in leading policy studies related to international cooperation, child rights or security issues is required;
• Professional proficiency in English with demonstrated excellent writing and analytical skills is required;
• Experience working within the United Nations system and/or Member State governments is desirable;
• Prior experience working in Asia, Middle East and/or West Africa is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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