CONSULTANCY ON ORGANIZED CRIME RESEARCH- THREE(3) POSITIONS


Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :05-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 10h 7m
Additional Category :Crisis Response
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Apr-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :40 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 working days


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.


Background

Despite significant efforts by the government, Nigeria continues to face multiple challenges related to transnational organized crime. A UNODC transnational organized crime threat assessment (TOCTA) for West Africa from 2013 highlighted the involvement of Nigerian crime groups domestically but also regionally and internationally in various criminal activities, such as trafficking of drugs and arms, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. The assessment also analyzed the impact of maritime crime and trafficking of falsified medical products in Nigeria. 

Since the 2013 regional report, significant developments in terms of crime areas, modus operandi of organized criminal groups as well as knowledge and capacity to counter organized crime have occurred. In order to update and deepen the knowledge from a country perspective, a new Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment (TOCTA) for Nigeria will be developed and is expected to be finalized by end of 2021. The TOCTA for Nigeria will be produced using an updated UNODC methodology which combines quantitative and qualitive data and information and will focus on the myriad forms of organized crime, both domestic and transnational, and the groups that perpetrate them. A new element of the methodology will analyze the state response to organized crime to understand the prevalence of organized criminal group involvement in different crime areas, as well as government capacity to counter organized crime, and to provide evidence-based policy advice to improve the response. The TOCTA will be developed in close coordination with Nigerian authorities, including the National Institute for Security Studies and other officials and stakeholders.


Duties and Responsibilities

 Taking into consideration the difficulty in measuring organised criminal activity only from administrative data (which are not able to capture crimes of this nature fully), it is necessary to develop additional data collection to broaden the evidence available for the analysis. The NOCTA methodology will make use of data and information from several different sources and modalities including administrative data from the national authorities, qualitative information from field work and in-depth interviews with experts and prisoners. Such data will be used to provide more additional information than has been previously used to analyze organized crime and to fill knowledge gaps on the modus operandi and structures of criminal groups.

In this regard, the purpose of the assignment will be the production of new data relevant to the analysis of organised crime in Nigeria, particularly its modus operandi as well as the structures and enablers of organized criminal groups. These data will be produced through in-depth interviews with three population groups:

  • Selected offenders
  1. Those convicted of the following crimes typically associated to organised crime
  2. Approximately 20-25 total
  • Expert practitioners
  1. Selected on the basis of their professional expertise and experience of organized crime in Nigeria, such as investigators, prosecutors, judges, academics, and members of the media, in order to gain a better understanding of the modus operandi and structures of the criminal groups.
  2. Approximately 10-15 total.
  • Final number of interviewees will be contingent on the availability of the relevant population. The crime areas that will be the subjects of the interviews will be the following:
  1. Trafficking in persons (incl. conspiracy) 
  2. Smuggling of migrants (incl. conspiracy) 
  3. Drug production and trafficking (incl conspiracy)  
  4. Cybercrime (incl conspiracy)  
  5. Illegal wildlife trade 
  6. Organized fraud (incl conspiracy)  
  7. Money laundering  
  8.  Corruption  
  9. Illegal dealing with oil products 

The consultant will be responsible for interviewing, recording (if possible) and summarizing the in-depth interviews that will be conducted on the basis of interview tools developed by UNODC. Consultants will be responsible for submitting recordings as well as a structured summary of the interviews to UNODC. Training will take place in preparation for the deployment of the surveys.  

The consultant will carry out the activities as explained below.

  • Specific tasks to be performed:

Under the overall supervision of CONIG TIP/SOM Project Coordinator and the Research Officer, Crime Research Section, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Communicating and coordinating with UNODC local project management team to schedule and attend interviews;
  • Carrying out interviews of prisoners, experts and victims;
  • Submitting recordings (if possible), informed consent forms and structured summaries of interviews; and
  • Relevant assistance as needed on the implementation of the interviews
  • Expected tangible and measurable output(s)/deliverable(s):

The Consultant is expected to produce the following tangible outputs, which will be assessed on the basis of their quality and timely completion:

  • Structured interview summaries (approximately 35-50 total, depending on availability of respondents)

Single payment will be made upon satisfactory completion and/or submission of outputs/ deliverables.

Deliverables A                                 

Output; Summaries of ca. 20-25 prison interviews

Working Days; 25

To be accomplished by (date); 30 June 2021

 

Deliverables B

Output Summaries of ca.10-15 expert interviews

Working Days; 15

To be accomplished by (date); 30 June 2021

 

Indicators to evaluate performance 

All outputs specified above delivered by the Consultant should meet the satisfaction of CONIG TIP/SOM programme and the UNODC Research Branch, according to the following indicators:

Quality and relevance of documents and reports prepared by the Consultant

  • Timeliness of delivery
  • Technical competence


Competencies

  • Professionalism: Demonstrated professional competence in programme management and implementation, ideally with a focus on criminal justice matters;; ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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:  Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside of UNODC to achieve organizational goals; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others ideas and expertise; demonstrates willingness 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: Able to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, and monitor work while prioritizing competing demands; able to work on tight deadlines; knowledge on how to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and projects as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Basic understanding of qualitative methods of research, including in crime context
  • Good planning and organizational skills.
  •    Fluency in English and local language is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is a advantage


Required Skills and Experience

  • University degree in social sciences, criminology, statistics, or related area is required
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in carrying out surveys or in-depth semi-structured

             



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