Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Consultant – ICCS and Organized crime (e-learning)
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-186990-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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:

• Develop the structure for the module, including chapters, learning objectives and a rough outline.
• Compile and critically review four (4) case studies for the module that highlight the link between the ICCS and data on organized crime.
• Draft the first version of the e-learning module according to the outline agreed with UNODC/RAB/DDDS following the provided template.
• Compile all feedback provided on the first draft and ensure that these are reflected in the module.
• Draft the second and final version of the e-learning module.
• Produce an advocacy brief that summarizes the added value of the ICCS in monitoring organized crime for users.

Work Location


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 provides a unifying framework to define, count and qualify crime. When statistics are compiled and disseminated according to the ICCS comprehensive framework, it is possible to produce articulated analyses of crime trends and patterns harmonized across the different steps of the criminal justice system and across geographical jurisdictions.

The ICCS framework also improves the national comparability, quality and granularity of data on organized crime that can help countries implement the UNTOC. Furthermore, the ICCS identifies a series of key variables on criminal events, victims and perpetrators, which provide crucial contextual information to identify crimes that are perpetrated in the context of organized crime. In compliance with art.28/2 of UNTOC, the ICCS provides the foundation to conduct comparative analyses (across time and geography) of illegal activities perpetrated by organized criminal groups, also in relation to transnational crimes and crime committed in cyberspace.

A global effort is needed to accelerate the implementation of the ICCS particularly in countries where there is the political-will but not the technical capacity to embrace the framework. To support this objective, UNODC is developing an e-learning training curriculum on the ICCS with a focus on organized crime. The e-learning curriculum will target national data producers in relevant national institutions (law enforcement, judiciary, prison administration, statistical agencies) and will provide guidance on how the ICCS can assist countries in producing relevant data on organized crime at the national level.

The Research Consultant will support UNODC/DDDS in the development of the e-learning curriculum. Specifically, the consultant is expected to develop a 60-minute text-based, self-paced e-learning module on the ICCS and organized crime.

The consultant will develop the structure of the module, conduct a critical review of relevant information needs and existing (data) sources (case studies), be chiefly responsible for drafting the substantive contents of the e-learning module, develop relevant quiz questions and produce an advocacy brief.

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.


A minimum of five years of experience with the production and/or use of crime data at the national and/or international level is required. Experience in drafting educational content for e-learning courses is 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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