Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Consultant – Criminal Justice Sector Data Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 25 July 2022 - 09 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-186921-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Under the supervision of the Research and Trend Analysis Branch/Data Development and Dissemination Section (UNODC/RAB/DDDS), the consultant will work closely with the Statistician to undertake the following activities:

• Compile and critically review good practices in prison/correction administrations data collection to support the development of the Guidelines and compile a series of examples.
• Review international standards and guidelines on functions, roles, and relevant principles guiding the work of national institutions responsible for the prison/correction administration.
• Draft the first version of the Guidelines according to the outline agreed with UNODC/RAB/DDDS.
• Identify possible members of the Expert Group that will be invited to provide their feedback on the Guidelines.
• Organize and participate in an online Expert Group Meeting aimed at collecting feedback on the Guidelines.
• Compile all feedback provided by the Expert Group and ensure that these are reflected in the Guidelines.
• Draft the second and final version of the Guidelines.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

Proposed period: 19 September 2022 – 31 December 2022

Actual work time: 40 working days

Duties and Responsibilities

In 2015, the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) and the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (UN-CCPCJ) endorsed the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS). The ICCS is the international standard for defining and classifying criminal offences for the purpose of producing and disseminating statistical data on crime and criminal justice. While the ICCS is an instrument to produce data in a systematic manner across criminal justice institutions, it needs other complementary tools to provide methodological guidance on how to build an integrated system of national crime and criminal justice statistics that can provide high quality information on effectiveness and efficiency of operations by the various entities.

Building on the process to implement the ICCS at country level and conscious of the need to update previous methodological guidance, a set of new methodological tools is being developed by UNODC that will provide guidance to institutions of the criminal justice system (police, justice system, and prison/correction administrations) to collect data, produce statistics and disseminate high quality statistical evidence in compliance with, and in addition to, the ICCS.

The Research Consultant will support UNODC/DDDS in the development of the methodological Guidelines for the production of statistical data by prison/correction administrations.

The consultant will conduct a critical review of relevant information needs and existing data sources, draft the framework for data collection, organize an expert consultation, and be chiefly responsible for drafting the Guidelines for the prison/correction administrations.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in applied social sciences, criminology, statistics, mathematics or related fields 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.

Experience:

A minimum of five years of experience with the production and/or use of criminal justice data at the national and/or international level is required. Experience in research methods in social science is desirable. Experience in drafting user-friendly publications is desirable.

Language:

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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