Job Opening

Posting Title: STATISTICIAN, P4
Job Code Title: STATISTICIAN
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: TASHKENT
Posting Period: 22 July 2022 - 04 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Statistics-UNODC-186454-R-Tashkent (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Regional Representative and under the substantive guidance of the Chief, UNODC Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria, and in close cooperation with Programme Officers of other relevant regional and country programmes.

For more information on UNODC please see www.unodc.org.

Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the Statistician (Information Center) will be responsible for the establishment and the implementation of the UNODC Information Centre on Afghanistan in Central Asia, which will inform and support proactive responses to address challenges, promote regional cooperation and protect people through continuous monitoring and regular and timely information on: illicit drug production (opiates, cannabis and methamphetamines), illicit trafficking in drugs, firearms, cultural property, illegal mining and other trafficking of natural resources, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, as well as analyzing the impact of programmes implemented by UNODC.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Initiate and co-ordinate the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant data in the fields covered by the information center. Ensure the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability. Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources.
• Conduct strategic analyses on implications of narcotic and transnational threats and develop and implement new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projections. Organize and prepare written outputs, including research and trend analysis briefs for strategic positioning of UNODC work.
• Identify data sources and gaps; and recommend data collection activities that strengthen the evidence base for developing responses to the topics covered by the Information Centre.
• Guide mainstreaming of research in support of countries’ abilities to respond to key SDG indicators for which UNODC is responsible in the region.
• Supervise and contribute to the development of relevant databases, web publishing tools and other software for collection, storage and dissemination of statistical data.
• Develop, implement and support the evaluation and monitoring of the assigned project; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions.
• Establish, prepare and disseminate project work plans, budgets, terms of references and other related project documentation.
• Participate as a resource person in workshops and seminars on data and information produced by the Centre; support the identification and selection of participants, development of background documentation, preparation of reports, documents, and analytical briefs based on the outcome of such meetings.
• Initiate and coordinate outreach and fundraising activities, and networking with strategic research institutions in and around the region.
• Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme / project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Perform other work related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drugs and crime. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates, major developments and challenges in functional and substantive areas covered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources and novel data collection methods. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 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.

• 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminology, economics, statistics, social sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree 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 experience in the field of drugs and crime research is required.

Progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area is required.

Experience in the production of analytical reports is required.

Experience producing analytical reports on crime or drugs issues is desirable.

Experience in technical cooperation and capacity building related to drug and crime control activities, programme and project development and implementation is desirable.

Experience in international data collection programmes on drugs and crime related issues is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.

Assessment

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.

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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.

Tashkent 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.

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