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Research Associate - Afghan Opiate Trade Project
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Grade: Consultant/Contractor, Unspecified
Job Expired 29 Sep 2021
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Job Description

Result of Service

Under the overall technical guidance and supervision of the AOTP Programme manager, the research consultant will collect and analyze data and draft a short update report focusing on opiate stamps seized in the Indian Ocean. The consultant is specifically required to undertake the following tasks:

- Collect opiate stamp examples seized in the Indian Ocean between 2017 to present;
- Analyze the stamps to include analysis of markings and meanings, including through discussions with experts;
- Cross reference opiate stamps seized in the Indian Ocean with other drug stamps (for example those found in Central Asia);
- Draft a short update report (12-14 pages) detailing the results of the analysis of drug stamps.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

Mid October 2021- 31 December 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

Afghan Opiate Trade Project (AOTP)

The global trafficking of illicit Afghan opiates has become one of the world’s greatest transnational drug and crime threats, with severe consequences for health, governance and security at national, regional and international levels. Given the severity of this problem – particularly in light of the record-breaking level of opiate production in 2017 - UNODC and the international community have identified the analysis and monitoring of Afghan opiates as a priority. In response, UNODC has undertaken numerous studies on various aspects of the trade with a view to support countermeasures and initiatives at the national and international levels. To complement these efforts and to help monitor and achieve a better understanding of the global impact of Afghan opiates, a dedicated project was established in 2008.

The Afghan Opiate Trade Project (AOTP) within the Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB) of UNODC, undertakes research on the global trafficking of opiates originating in Afghanistan and the chemical precursors that are brought into the country. AOTP’s programme continues to deliver its analysis in the form of reports, short analytical updates and research/analytical capacity building of counter-narcotics agencies in different countries at the global level, although with a focus on West and Central Asia.

The stamps associated with heroin packages can potentially provide some understanding of purity, production location, producer or trafficking organization, and transit or final destination. It can also give an indication of the spread and range of trafficking activity. Previous research produced by CARRIC and supported by AOTP analyzed drug stamps in Central Asia and the Russian Federation to examine some of these issues. The purpose of this assignment is to do the same for heroin packages seized in the Indian Ocean. This assignment will also compare drug stamps seized in the Indian Ocean with those that were previously seized in Central Asia, for comparative purposes.

2. Purpose of the assignment:

The research consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer of the Afghan Opiate Trade Project (Programme Development and Management Unit), The Research Consultant will collect and analyze data on drug stamps seized in the Indian Ocean for the short report on “Opiate Stamps seized in the Indian Ocean”.

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Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

• An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in, international relations, social science, law, political science, international relations or criminology 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.

Experience:

• A minimum of 5 years of experience in areas of social sciences research and data collection is required.
• Experience of analyzing drug seizures is desirable.
• Experience with the United Nations system/ International Organizations is desirable.

Language:

• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, with excellent drafting and communication skills, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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