The Afghan Opiate Trade Programme (AOTP) is monitoring and analysing 1) the flow of narcotics out of Afghanistan, and 2) the dynamics of the global opiate market. Working within the Studies and Threat Analysis Section (STAS), the programme produces studies and reports on an annual basis. The Junior International Research Consultant will be recruited to assist the Programme and will work with one national research officer based in each of Quetta and Peshawar to provide a local collection and liaison capability. The expert will also liaise and cooperate with 2 other national research officers based in Afghanistan.
The objective of this consultancy is to assist in information/data collection and analytical activities that support UNODC’s AOTP and the production of its upcoming annual report (2010-2011). In particular, the consultant will coordinate information collection and produce analytical outputs on the drug and crime situation in the border areas with Afghanistan. UNODC Country Office Pakistan works within the framework of the Rainbow Strategy, which defines a regional response to the threat posed by the supply, trafficking and consumption of Afghan opiates.
Under the direct supervision of the AOTP Programme Coordinator and Country Representative, the international expert will perform the following duties:
1. Developing an assessment of the crime, drugs and terrorism situation
· Take responsibility as primary drafter for the Balochistan situational analysis.
· Monitoring, consolidation and analysis of drug/crime/security data generated and collected by national analysts in Quetta and Peshawar.
· Scan and analyse various documents, e-reports, published reports and secondary data available from various countries in the region on crime, drugs and terrorism issues relevant to the preparation of the upcoming AOTP 2010-2011 report.
· Provide up-to-date analysis on drug and security trends based on properly sourced and documented information.
· Assist and advise the Country Representative Pakistan with related programme development and implementation.
2. Coordinate data collection
· Coordinate and assist the research team consisting of 2 local analysts based in Quetta and Peshawar respectively.
· Provide technical assistance to local analysts on reporting and clarifying (where required) drug and crime data.
· Ensure effective and timely liaison with Afghan counterparts (Jalalabad and Heart) and with UNODC colleagues in the Pakistan country office and the Studies and Threat Analysis Section (STAS).
· Develop and maintain dialogue with various national counterparts, relevant national and international academic institutions, NGOs, Governmental and UN agencies with regard to collection and analysis of information on drug/crime.
- Balochistan situational analysis chapter.
- Drug/crime/security data collection and analysis.
- Research, analytical briefs and backgrounders to assist AOTP and Country Office Pakistan programme development and implementation.
Completion of the research and generating deliverables will require the Junior International Research Consultant to be based in Islamabad with the COPAK team. The Crime and Drugs Research Consultant will undertake research through the national research officers based in Quetta and Peshawar via document review, and interaction with concerned ministries and agencies and international partners.
Planning and Implementation Arrangements
The AOTP Programme Coordinator and Country Representative will support and guide the work of the Junior International Research Consultant. The Junior International Research Consultant will be based in COPAK and work closely with the Country Representative and COPAK colleagues.
The Junior International Research Consultant will have documents approved by the AOTP Programme Coordinator and Country Representative and prior to release.
Payment Schedule and Rate
The Junior International Research Consultant will be issued a consultancy contract and paid on a monthly basis in accordance with United Nations rules and procedures. Payment scale will be determined by UNDP recommended rates for expert consultants at the ‘A’ level. Travel costs including transportation and DSA for domestic and international travel will be paid by UNODC in accordance with United Nations rules and procedures.
 At the time of writing, the security situation in Quetta and Peshawar is in a state of flux. Restrictions on UN activities in these areas may force the research team to re-locate national research officers elsewhere, potentially collecting information through visits rather than permanent postings in those cities.