Individual Contractor (Cocaine database support)
Result of Service
Under the supervision of the Research Officer (Cocaine) and the overall guidance of the Chief of DRS, the Individual Contractor will undertake the following activities:
1. Liaise with national authorities in charge to collect and report relevant statistics on individual drug seizures. Manage the communication with national counterparts related to the data collection process;
2. Liaise with other staff within RAB and in UNODC Field Offices to collect all relevant data available on individual seizure cases (focus on cocaine and its precursor chemicals);
3. Design, in liaison with the DMP team, data structures compliant with the DMP requirements while catering for the CRIMJUST cocaine research needs, to host data on incidents related to drug trafficking;
4. Collect and incorporate feedback on the new data structures;
5. Support in the development, harmonization and consolidation of information on individual drug seizures collected from several data sources to ensure data validation;
6. Collect and validate data, from official as well as open sources, on individual seizure cases and organize them into a harmonized dataset following the data structure defined as per (3) above;
7. Ensure data on all individual seizures are efficiently transferred and included into the DMP, including through programming techniques as necessary;
8. Contribute to the development and refinement of a software-based algorithm to validate data on individual drug seizure to ensure the removal of duplicates;
9. Support data modelling and improvements in datasets related to the Global Report on Cocaine Markets
Home-based and Vienna (with possible travels)
Proposed period: 20 September 2021 – 24 December 2021, with possibility of extension
Actual work time: 67 working days
Duties and Responsibilities
This assignment is located in the Drug Research Section (DRS), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna.
DRS is currently engaged in research activities, under the project “Strengthening criminal investigation and criminal justice cooperation along the cocaine route in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa” (CRIMJUST), geared to produce regional and global strategic, and action-oriented, knowledge to support evidence-based policy making and field operations in order to reduce the cocaine threat.
In the framework of UNODCs research on cocaine, and in collaboration with other officers in Vienna and in the field, the Individual Contractor will contribute to the development of UNODC’s data collection/monitoring capacity on cocaine markets and trafficking routes.
The Individual Contractor will organize the input into the Drug Monitoring Platform on individual drug seizure cases and will assist with soliciting data from further sources.
S/he will in particular assist with the collection of data on individual drug seizures from a number of data sources, organize the collected information in a harmonized dataset whose data structure definition is compliant with the DMP standards and facilitate the incorporation of the data into the DMP web platform.
• A high school diploma is required. A first-level degree in statistics, computer sciences, mathematics, economics, social sciences or in a related field is desirable.
• A minimum of two (2) years of experience relevant to the assignment is required, including familiarity with statistical packages or programming techniques amenable for statistical purposes (for example, R, SPSS, Python, Visual Basic for Applications and Excel).
• Ability to manage, process and validate large multi-source datasets is required.
• A record of analytical work based on quantitative methods, preferably in drugs or crime issues, is desirable.
• Good planning and organizational skills are desirable.
• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish, including excellent drafting skills is required. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an advantage.