Individual Consultant

Location : Home-based, INDIA
Application Deadline :07-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :40 days between September to December 2021

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Drafting of a South Asia Regional ‘picture of threat’ Situation Analysis of key drugs and crime trends and challenges (focus Bangladesh, India and Nepal), and Organizing and Facilitating a regional consultation in hybrid mode.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), works with the governments and civil society in six countries of the region - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. UNODC’s projects/initiatives are implemented under the framework of the Regional Programme for South Asia (2018-2022) and focus on 1. Combatting transnational organized crime, 2. A comprehensive and balanced approach to counter the drug problem, 3. Countering corruption, 4. Terrorism prevention and 5. Crime prevention and criminal justice. UNODC’s work on these is as per the approach laid out in the new UNODC Global Strategy (2021-2025), of policy coherence involving aligning interventions with Member States’ national priorities and needs, including by: i) fostering synergies and maximizing benefits across all relevant policy areas; and ii) addressing the transboundary and long-term impact of policies, especially amongst populations in situations of vulnerability

The COVID-19 pandemic has proved that all developmental, health and human security issues are interlinked. The pandemic has impacted the development, security, and economy of countries across the globe. This has also been the case in South Asia. The countries of the region that share borders with each other have been facing heightened drug trafficking and crime challenges. In 2020 and 2021, South Asian countries, whilst facing challenges related to distribution of resources, poverty, corruption and uneven development, have recently also grappled with massive repercussions including large-scale, unemployment, rise in crime, loss of lives, and public health challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges related to organized crime have increased nationally and regionally as the government infrastructures and capacities must be diverted towards the immediate pandemic relief. With the movement of people crossing over open borders from one country to another, increased access to digital platforms, mobile technologies and social media, newer modus operandi and newer forms of organized crimes have emerged. These require a comprehensive understanding and urgent collective response.




Duties and Responsibilities

Objective/purpose of the assignment

UNODC’s priority areas covered by this activity are countering drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. Enhanced knowledge of thematic and cross-sectoral trends on drugs and crime issues are important for guiding policy formulation, operational responses, including, assistance in reviewing progress towards internationally agreed upon sustainable development goals. The UN Convention against transnational organized crime (UNTOC) and its Protocols thereto, and the drug control Conventions, will be the legal basis of the entire technical assistance process envisaged. The activities are also linked to supporting the Member States towards the achievement of key targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2021, as a part of Regular Programme for Technical Cooperation, UNODC ROSA will be implementing activities to better understand the latest situation of ‘picture of threat’ to define the transnational organized crime (TOC) and drug-related challenges and identify and prioritize possible responses in the region. Since transnational organized crime, by definition – and in South Asia also by geography, is not confined to limits within one country, there is need to collectively address the TOC challenges, including those particularly related to cybercrime, trafficking in persons (TIP), smuggling of migrants (SOM), drug trafficking and movement of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and new psychoactive substances (NPS). Wildlife and forest crime, financial crimes and money laundering, the cyber-enabled aspects including cryptocurrencies have also posed a massive challenge in the region. Also, data and information challenges – gathering, analysis and management of information, as well as information-sharing on TOC issues and capacity building on these. The assignment would have components of research (desk research and online/phone/email interviews) and a regional consultation, with the aim of coming up with a picture of threat situation assessment, and detailed actionable recommendations for addressing the challenges.

The three focus countries for this assignment would be Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Specific tasks to be performed by the Consultant

Under the guidance and supervision of the Representative and Deputy Representative, the Consultant will perform the following tasks, covering the focus countries of Bangladesh, India and Nepal:

Deliverable A: Prepare a framework outline and methodology for the assignment.

Deliverable B: Prepare an analytical research document capturing the ‘picture of threat’ to better understand TOC and drug related problems/challenges and possible responses in the focus countries.

Deliverable C: Organize and facilitate a regional consultation involving policymakers and experts from the focus countries to share the report; facilitate discussions to come up with a key set of actionable recommendations based on the suggestions/discussions at the consultation



  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices and approaches relevant to areas related to drugs and crime. Knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, as well as the mandates of UNODC. Knowledge of and specialization in substantive and functional areas with very good research and analytical skills. Ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.
  • Planning and organizing: Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibility and honors commitments; delivers outputs in line with agreed schedules, budgets and quality standards in line with prevailing rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Communication: Proven and sustained communication (oral and written) skills, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying the maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  • Teamwork: Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications and Experience:

  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of Law, Criminology, Public Administration, Social Science, International Relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention, and/or law enforcement
  • At least 12-15 years of prior work experience in the fields of countering organized crime, crime prevention and criminal justice, or related fields.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English.
  • Experience compiling similar research and analytical/strategic reports.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in facilitating stakeholder consultations involving senior-level policymakers and experts.
  • Past work covering South Asia region would be an advantage.

Timeframe and deadlines

This assignment is meant for a period of 40 working days, which is to be completed by 15 December 2021.

Evaluation Method
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Technical Evaluation Weight - 70% 
Financial Evaluation Weight - 30% 

Technical Criteria weight - 70 marks

  • Demonstrated knowledge in crime prevention and criminal justice issues in the region, laws, human rights and UN human rights mechanisms/instruments – 25 Marks
  • Experience and skills in developing similar analytical documents – 25 Marks
  • Demonstrate experience in facilitation consultations – 20 Marks

Financial Criteria weight - 30 marks

  • Technically qualified consultants will be requested to submit their Consultancy fee rate i.e. consultants who score morethan 70% i.e. 49 marks with respect to the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. Consultant should not specify theirconsultancy fee on their CV or with the submission. The CV will not be evaluated further in case the consultant submitsthe same.

Award of the contract:

The contract shall be awarded to the individual whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive to the criterion outlined in the TOR.
  • Having received the highest score of a predetermined set of technical and financial criterion specific to the solicitation and based on cumulative criterion.

Payment Criteria

Payment will be made on submission of the following deliverables to the satisfaction of the UNODC team and the institution.




  1. Framework outlining the methodology


Coherent methodology


20 %

  1. Finalised ‘picture of threat’ analytical research document on TOC and drug-related challenges in the region.
  2. Regional consultation with policymakers, civil society and other experts, to share the draft research findings and develop policy recommendations of solutions

Completed and approved analytical research document; and a brief consultation report comprising of recommendations.




80 %

Note:-Any kind of miscellaneous charges i.e. internet, phone etc. would not be reimbursed by UNODC.

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