Consultant (Survey Specialist)

Consultant (Survey Specialist)

Job Overview

Job Opening

Posting Title:Consultant (Survey Specialist)
Department/Office:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station:VIENNA
Posting Period:12 March 2021 – 26 March 2021
Job Opening Number:21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-151649-Consultant
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Under the direct supervision of the DDDS Statistician, the consultant will work in close collaboration with the DDDS research team. S/he will be expected to undertake the following activities:

1) Ensure that the new ARQ is properly edited and translated in all six UN official languages, liaise with editors and translators providing guidance on how questions and response options are formulated and ensuring the most appropriated technical language is used.
2) Complete the migration of the new ARQ into the ARQ Data Collection Platform, provide guidance on solutions to render the questionnaire online to ensure its user-friendliness.
3) Finalize the conceptualization of standard classifications and vocabulary to be adopted as pre-defined lists of selectable option in checklists and drop-down menus, with a focus on drug classification(s);
4) Implement in the ARQ-DCP web-based platform data-constraints such as validation rules, plausibility ranges to ensure the coherence and consistency of reported quantitative and qualitative indicators.
5) Liaise with drug analysts and collect feedback on the new ARQ-DCP, embed relevant comments into the final version of the new web-application.
6) Perform functionality and usability testing to formulate regular feedback and conceptualize new requirements for the OICT team developing the ARQ-DCP;
7) Provide preliminary insight on phase 2 implementation of the ARQ-DCP with a focus on the migration of historical UNODC drug data into the new ARQ-DCP including the revision of the methodology adopted to compute flagship drug demand indicators (e.g. treatment).

Work Location


Expected duration

April 2021–June 2021 (with the possibility of extensions)
45 working days

Duties and Responsibilities

Within the United Nations system and beyond, UNODC is the global leader in collecting statistical information on the production, consumption, and trafficking of drugs as mandated by Article 20 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961), Article 16 of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances (1971), and Article 20 of the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (1988).

The Annual Report Questionnaire (ARQ) is the main data collection instrument on drugs managed by UNODC. Following the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) resolution 60/1 of March 2017 and the 2019 Ministerial Declaration to Address and Counter the World Drug Problem, an improved and streamlined ARQ was developed through an expert-level consultative process led by UNODC. At its 63rd session in March 2020, the CND adopted the new ARQ resulting from a consultative process with Member States (E/CN.7/2020/12) and invited donors to provide extrabudgetary resources to strengthen national data collection capacity in order to improve the response rate and expand the geographical and thematic reporting of related data on drugs.

Following this mandate, UNODC is updating the ARQ and developing a new data platform to manage the entire process of data collection and processing related to the ARQ, namely the ARQ Data Collection Platform (ARQ-DCP). This activity is funded by the project “Establishment of detailed factual picture of the worldwide drug situation and trends – Improving Drugs Data”.

The aim of this project is to develop and implement the ARQ Data Collection Platform (ARQ-DCP), a web-based user-friendly and multilingual (6 UN official languages) platform for gathering statistics on drugs at country level. The ARQ-DCP is an innovative instrument which will manage the entire process of data collection, storage and validation of ARQ data, including communication with ARQ national focal points and the pre-publication process which foresees the possibility for national counterpart to browse and review UNODC data before their publication.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

• An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, or related 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. A PhD degree is desirable.


• A minimum of five years of experience as a statistician/methodologist and in anonymizing survey microdata at international level is required.
• Expert knowledge of the standards concerning microdata distribution, and of techniques to anonymize data in compliance with the legal expectation of confidentiality are required.
• Good planning and organizational skills are required.


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

No Fee


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