This position is located in the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) in Dakar, Senegal. The Associate Research Officer will report to the Research Officer and Head of the Research and Awareness Unit at ROSEN, with the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative, ROSEN.
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Within assigned authority, the Associate Research Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Carry out basic research on selected aspects of critical areas of concern related to drugs, crime, including organized crime, trafficking in drugs, trafficking in persons, corruption and terrorism in West and Central Africa, by collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources and participating in the Analysis of state responses to criminal trends.
• Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications and support the proofreading, translation and formatting of outputs, by liaising with service providers.
• Develop and maintain reference/resource information on specific topics, policy-related issues, recent developments and trends in the field, including through the creation and management of databases and other information retrieval systems.
• Liaise with NGOs, researchers and other contacts to obtain and provide data and information; respond to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally.
• Provide administrative and substantive support to expert group meetings, panel discussions, conferences and other Capacity Building activities, by proposing agenda topics, researching and proposing experts, handling logistics, and delivering presentations.
• Analyze progress and development in the implementation of specific programmes and projects and contribute to the development of mechanisms for monitoring programme implementation.
• Maintain awareness of political developments related to drugs, crime and terrorism that are relevant for the region, while ensuring gender is mainstreamed into the research and current trends relating to drugs, crime and terrorism in West and Central Africa.
• Participate in the planning, organization, delivery and Coordination of field research and capacity building missions, by assisting with allocating the budget and preparing project documents, providing logistical support, preparing and delivering activities and following up on actions.
• Participate in the recruitment and selection of project personnel and guide interns in their work.
• Perform a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
• Undertake on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.
• Professionalism: Has good conceptual, research, analytical and evaluative skills. Has proven advanced drafting and analytical report writing skills, especially related to organized crime and terrorism. Is able to identify key issues, opportunities and risks, and to analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems with demonstrated diplomatic skills. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of the assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 quality 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; 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.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, economics, law, social sciences, criminology 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 first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
A minimum of two years of professional work experience in socio Economic Research and analysis or successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.
Work experience in one or several of the following specific areas is desirable: organized crime, terrorism prevention, trafficking in human beings, drug trafficking and corruption.
Advanced experience in the use of word processing, database applications and presentation software, is desirable.
Experience in a field environment is desirable.
Work experience in the West and Central Africa region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of Portuguese or Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This project position is temporarily available until 31 December 2021. 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 from 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.
• Dakar is classified as an “A” and a family duty station.
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