The UNODC Country Office for Pakistan (COPAK) is tasked with assisting Pakistan to better respond to the threat of drugs crime and terrorism. In order to react in a strategic manner UNODC Pakistan requires the services of a junior national consultant to support research areas of the UNODC mandates in Pakistan with a focus on needs related to law enforcement and borders, criminal justice and public health.
To complete background research, collect data and draft documents related to UNODC mandates as part of the team tasked with the development of a new Country Programme for Pakistan. The management of COPAK will be advised on identified needs and issues that UNODC should address.
The incumbent will work closely with the Representative of the Country Office for Pakistan, Country Programme Developer, and Afghan Opiate Trade Programme manager (Vienna).
The National Research Consultant will undertake the following substantive duties and responsibilities:
1. Conduct background research (including field interviews) on the needs of Pakistan related to law enforcement and borders, criminal justice and public health.
2. Collect data and information on law enforcement, borders and public health.
3. Prepare regular updates about task completed or delivered.
4. Advise the Country Programme Developer, COPAK colleagues including the UNODC Representative for Pakistan and Afghan Opiate Trade Programme manager (Vienna) on the needs of Pakistan related to law enforcement and borders, criminal justice and public health.
5. Establish links and liaise with key stakeholders and relevant counterparts (policy-makers, media, law enforcement agencies, NGOs, international partners, others as relevant).
Qualification and Experience
• A junior national professional, holding a Master’s degree in Social or Political Science, Economics, or Public Administration, plus approximately 3 years of relevant research experience in Pakistan working on topics related to UNODC’s mandates.
• Knowledge of the region’s political, socio-economic and cultural dynamics is required
• Capacity to review documents and conduct interviews as part of background research.
• Ability analyse needs and formulate draft recommendations on appropriate responses for colleagues and management.
• Ability to produce concise and reports and presentations.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge of Urdu would be an advantage.
• Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
Completion of the research and generating deliverables will require the National Research Consultant to work in Quetta/Peshawar with the COPAK team and Afghan Opiate Trade Programme (Vienna). The Crime and Drugs Research Consultant will perform the tasks given in interaction with concerned ministries and agencies and international partners.
The National Research Consultant recruited for Quetta will cover the entire Balochistan province. The National Research Consultant for Peshawer will be responsible for FATA and NWFP.
Planning and Implementation Arrangements
The National Research Consultant will be working from home in coordination with the Country Programme Developer, COPAK colleagues including the Representative and Afghan Opiate Programme (Vienna). The Afghan Opiate Trade Programme Manager will support and guide the work of the Crime and Drugs Research Consultant in coordination with the Country Programme Developer.
The National Research Consultant will have documents approved by the Country Programme Developer, Representative and Afghan Opiate Trade Programme manager prior to release.