This is a project post. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving a 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.Vienna is classified as an H and a family duty station.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Data Development and Dissemination Unit (DDDU), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, DDDU and the additional supervision of the Legal Officer (Head of the Global Firearms Programme – GFP) in the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of the Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA). The incumbent will also work in close collaboration with the lead Research Officer and other analysts/officers of both GFP/OCB and RAB in Vienna and in the field.For more information on UNODC please visit our website: http://www.unodc.org.
The Statistician will be responsible for activities related to the Global Firearms Programme “Supporting Global Data Collection and Analysis on Firearms Trafficking and Fostering Cooperation and Information Sharing, in particular Among Countries Along Major Trafficking Routes to/from Europe” and provide relevant support to the Research Officer. The incumbent will, in particular, perform the following specific tasks: •Contribute to the overall implementation of the GFP project activities related to the collection and analysis of firearms data, conduct statistical analysis on trends, routes and patterns used in illicit arms trafficking, and support information exchange and cooperation among Member States. Contribute to the development and implementation of the global data collection on firearm trafficking, ensuring proper and comprehensive communication with Member States and government officials and a transparent and high quality data system.•Develop and maintain the statistical database on firearms data.•Develop and revise standards on relevant statistical concepts, definitions, data collection methods and classifications through methodological research and consultation with national and international experts.•Organize and coordinate processing and dissemination of statistical data by selecting and implementing methods for data checking and processing.•Identify data sources at national and international level on illicit firearms trafficking, assess their quality and incorporate their data into the database, as appropriate.•Provide training and technical support on data collection programmes, country practices and other related information.•Support national, regional and global data collection efforts on trafficking in firearms and related areas, with a view to strengthening national data collection capacities and enabling the production of periodic reports on illicit firearms trafficking, including the monitoring the achievement of target 16.4 of the 2030 Development Agenda.•Prepare statistical outputs, graphs and maps for the research programme on firearms; prepare draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings. •Design and maintain a database of designated national authorities in charge of firearms related data collection and provide guidance and support on technical matters to facilitate their reporting activities, as appropriate.•Organize and participate as a technical resource person in relevant field missions, training workshops, seminars, working groups and expert meetings on data collection.•Guide the work of staff and consultants as needed.•Perform other work related duties as required.
•Professionalism: Has knowledge of statistical principles and practices and familiarity with issues and challenges in the field of crime statistics. Has knowledge of managing large data sets and conducting data collections at national and international level. Has knowledge of methodological research in statistics and in developing or managing databases. Is able to conduct independent research and analysis. Has good drafting skills and is able to produce analytical reports, including on crime-related issues. Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to organized crime and illicit trafficking in firearms and has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 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 statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology, other social sciences or related humanities field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience, including at least two years at international level, in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data is required. Experience in the use of database management tools is required. Relevant experience in the collection and analysis of statistical and qualitative data on drugs, crime and/or firearms at international level, including the development and use of specialised data collection tools, is highly desirable. Experience in training and capacity building in the field of statistical data collection is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English with good drafting skills is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is highly desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 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.Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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