Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Data Development and Dissemination Section (DDDS) - Temporary, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 19 September 2022 - 02 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Statistics-UNODC-190924-J-Vienna (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Data Development and Dissemination Section (DDDS), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), UNODC, Vienna, Austria. The Chief of DDDS reports to the Chief of Branch. This temporary position is available for the period of 1 January 2023 - 30 April 2023. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration is subject to availability of the post and funding.

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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Provide guidance to the Chief of Branch on the statistical programme on drugs and crime and management of the drug and crime statistics collected and disseminated by the organization.
• Plan and direct the section’s work programme on drugs and crime statistical data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis and methodological work, providing both technical and managerial supervision of all activities.
• Initiate, plan and direct preparation of publications, manuals and web sites in the area of drugs and crime statistics and trends.
• Direct, manage and provide technical support for the implementation of international data collection activities in the field of illicit drugs and crime including the maintenance of the UNODC statistical data collection and dissemination system.
• Oversee the production, dissemination and trend analysis of the drug and crime statistics and data which are included in UNODC regional and international publications and disseminated in UNODC or other UN related websites.
• Plan and oversee, in collaboration with UNODC field offices and other relevant stakeholders, technical advisory activities for national capacity building including national data collection activities such as population and business surveys through missions, consultations and training workshops.
• Supervise and undertake the development of innovative statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projects.
• Prepare progress reports and other technical documentation regarding the work programme for presentation to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the UN Statistical Commission and other relevant councils, commissions, technical meetings and expert groups.
• Maintain close liaison and co-operation with the relevant experts and sections throughout the organization and with other national and international institutions to ensure full co-ordination of statistical activities and to avoid duplication of efforts.
• Represent the organization at international and regional meetings and inter-agency activities.
• Advise senior management on trends and developments in drugs and crime and recommend appropriate courses of action.
• Plan, organize, manage and supervise staff; plan and discuss individual work programmes with staff and evaluate their performance.
• Perform other work related duties, as assigned.


Professionalism: Is able to provide technical advice in the use of statistical methodology for the implementation of population surveys and in the analysis of drug and crime data to provide policy-relevant information. Has knowledge of statistical quality standards to be implemented by international organizations. Is able to manage the collection, dissemination and analysis of large statistical data sets and develop international statistical standards. Is able to produce high quality reports and papers and is able to coordinate and review the work of others. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of statistical methodology related to illicit drugs and crime or social areas; 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; ability to draft good quality analytical reports; 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial Competencies:

• Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related field 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience at national and /or international level in the development of large programmes of socioeconomic statistics, including the use of advanced methods of statistical analysis, complex databases and quantitative modelling is required.

Experience in solving problems linked to weak data sets such as those on drugs and crime and in developing indicators and indices, is required.

Experience in management, coordination and supervision of staff and work teams is required.

Experience in working with drugs and crime statistics is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This temporary position is currently available for the period of 1 January 2023 - 30 April 2023. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

Vienna is classified in the H category 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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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