Posting Title:Statistics Assistant, G5
Department/Office:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station:VIENNA
Posting Period:12 May 2020 – 10 June 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Statistics-UNODC-135713-R-Vienna (O)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Precursors Control Section (PRE), Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Technical Adviser and overall guidance of the Chief of Section.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

•Assist in data collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination.
•Assemble original statistical material; adjust reported data from different sources and load data into computerized database system. Maintain and update records of data received and update documentation using information sent by Governments.
•Generate simple graphs, tables and statistical maps to facilitate further review and analysis of data by users, for presentations, reports and official publications, such as the Section’s working papers, the INCB annual reports on precursors, input to operational activities targeting precursors, or reference material for Governments.
•Participate in the review and compilation of background materials, e.g. previous survey material and results.
•Assist in the evaluation and examination of data sets for comprehensiveness, accuracy, clarity and validity; liaise with government officials in data collection and verification.
•Compile and update statistical series in established formats. Apply new data and derived statistics, enter data on survey reports, and provide information for publication.
•Assist in the maintenance and further development of relevant computerized databases and electronic communication tools, particularly the INCB database on Competent National Authorities and the mailing list for the entire secretariat, the Precursors Incident Communication System (PICS), the Pre-Export Notification (PEN) Online system, and other INCB electronic tools, as required, including liaison with IT experts to identify and guide technical implementation of related requirements.
•Assist in liaising with United Nations system organizations, other relevant international and regional organizations and Governments to obtain necessary statistical and other relevant information.
•Prepare data sets upon request; respond to internal/external queries/requests and maintain/update statistical data on web pages.
•Assist in the review and updating of reporting forms; and prepare, maintain and update files (electronic and paper) and internal databases.
•Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge of standard statistical methodologies, data collection and maintenance. Is able to extract, interpret, analyse, format and present a wide variety of data and identify and resolve data discrepancies. Applies attention to detail and is willing and able to operate with highly technical, potentially unfamiliar terminology and data (e.g. chemical and substance names). Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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.

•Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in statistics or in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development, preferably in drug control, is required.
Experience in the use of electronic reporting, data base and communication tools is required.
Familiarity/experience with precursors control matters is desirable.
Familiarity/practical experience with an ERP system, and experience in SAP/Umoja, including Grants and Project Management, is desirable.
Experience in the use of chemical terminology is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic, Chinese and/or Russian, is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. Non-local candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified and will be subject to local recruitment. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect.
The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.”

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Other Skills and Requirements

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.

The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.

Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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