Research Officer

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, Austria

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st December, 2020

Job Description

The position is located in the Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), UNODC, in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (Research), PDMU.
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This temporary post will support the Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme at UNODC Headquarters with a focus on surveys implemented in Latin America. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  •  Participate in the designing of technical assistance programmes/projects for the development or strengthening of national monitoring systems, including the implementation of surveys;
  •  Organize, design, plan and assist in the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data on drugs and crime;
  •  Identify and help to introduce survey methodological improvements;
  •  Ensure quality control in the implementation of data collection activities and reporting with a focus on surveys implemented in Latin America;
  •  Conduct research on the link between drugs and other factors, such as social and economic development in relation with the Sustainable Development Goals;
  •  Draft analytical reports on drug production and related statistical data;
  •  Prepare draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings;
  •  Organize and participate in seminars, working groups and expert meetings as a technical resource person;
  •  Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge of survey principles and practices and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Is able to conduct independent research and analysis. Is familiar with statistical packages for data analysis and/or GIS. Is familiar with administrative procedures for programme/project management. Is able to identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. 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.
  • TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in rural development, social sciences, statistics, economics 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.


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the collection and analysis of data related to rural development, agriculture, illicit drug cultivation or related areas is required.
  • Working experience with Remote Sensing and GIS technologies and tools is required.
  • Experience in producing analytical reports is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and Spanish is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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