The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) in collaboration with the UNDP Caribbean network of offices – Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Barbados and the OECS undertook the formulation of a first Caribbean-wide Human Development Report (CHDR) on Citizens’ Security. Using Global UNDP HDR processes, analysis and methodologies, the Caribbean HDR reviewed crime and security in the Caribbean with data analysis and information from a human development perspective. The report defines short and medium term policy recommendations based on the social aspects of security which impact on citizen safety, youth violence, education, unemployment and inequality, inclusive economic growth, migration, and drug use and alcohol abuse. One of the primary recommendations from the report is the urgent need for the region to shift from traditional concepts of state security to a broader multidimensional concept that focuses on citizen security and safety and wellbeing of Caribbean citizens.
While the CHDR victimization survey points to high levels of fear of violent crime amongst citizens and the failing of existing policies and approaches, stimulating robust public discourse on the topic presented a challenge. Given the region’s dependency on tourism as its main foreign exchange earner, enlisting the full and unconditional support of regional parliamentarians on the matter of facilitating rigorous public debate is critical. Reliable crime statistics are critical for measuring changes in crime levels, monitoring of national and regional responses, developing and evaluating effectiveness of citizen security policies, supporting the analysis and understanding of national and regional crime trends. Collection and organization of data into a statistical form is required to produce valuable information for use in decision-making and to allow for comparison of crime statistics across time and between countries. Lack of reliable and comparable national, sub-regional and regional statistics makes it difficult to fully comprehend the impact of crime and violence, and to inform the citizen security policies and strategies needed to effectively respond to these challenges.
An assessment of youth, insecurity and juvenile justice systems, conducted by USAID/ESC in the Caribbean point at the lack of standardized data on crime and violence and their drivers. Raw
data is available in different forms and at different stages of the criminal justice process due to the diversity of entities that generate security statistics, the absence of clear guidelines, and weak inter-institutional coordination and information sharing.
National consultations and assessments conducted by UNDP in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean point at four interrelated key problems: 1. Deficient evidence-based citizen security policies due to 2. Lack of reliable and comparable national and regional statistics, 3. Weak coordination at national, sub-regional and regional levels, and, 4. Weak institutional and CSO capacities. 4) The importance of up-to-date data inform prevention programme design, monitoring and evaluation.
The data gaps resulting from these challenges are further aggravated by different definitions of security concepts, non-standardized indicators and inconsistent use of information; dispersion of information and a multiplicity of information sources; sporadic initiatives in the area of information management; lack of unified technical criteria and permanent technical capacities within the national and regional institutions; absence or lack of understanding of a preventive focus in information management; low citizen participation in discussions on citizen security; and absence of mechanisms and capacities to mainstream gender into the analysis and management of citizen security related information and public policies.
Based on this, UNDP seeks to work with countries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago to improve institutional capacity for evidenced based decision making on youth crime and violence policy making and programming. The focus of this project will be in improving data collection, analysis and use of data for decision making on youth crime policy making and programming. The project intends to achieve two components: 1) improving the quality, comparability and reliability of data and information and crime and violence; 2) and regional collaboration and networking on crime and violence strengthened. These components will be achieved by improving regional and national institutional capacity to collect, monitor, and analyse citizen security and apply it to decision-making and policy formulation at both levels through the development of IT applications
Under the overall guidance and direction of the CariSECURE Team Leader, the Statistician will work closely with various stakeholders at the national and regional levels their capacity to standardise, harmonizes and build capacity for data collection on crime, violence, victimisation and related citizen security data and indicators for analysis and use in decision making to reduce crime and violence. The incumbent will work in collaboration with national implementation units and UNDP Country Offices in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago to assess and analyse data systems, procedures and identifying capacity needs to collect disaggregated data and a core set of citizen security indicators. He/she will also be responsible for the formulation and implementation of an institutional strengthening strategy to improve data quality and analysis.
Summary of Key Functions:
- Technical and Programme Support
- IT Support
- Support to Policy Development
- Knowledge Management
Technical and Programme Support
- Works in collaboration with regional institutions to enhance the capacities of national crime observatories for the collection of data to improve analysis and decision-making.
- Supports the development and implementation of country specific International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes Correspondence Table.
- Works in collaboration with regional and national stakeholders to institutionalize components of their National Citizen Security Toolkit.
- Assess and monitors international quality standard for national data systems and recommends improvements where necessary.
- Assists with the preparation and planning, and provides technical support to the statistical offices to conduct Crime Victimization and Perception Surveys in beneficiary countries (coordinating training, conducting fieldwork, data processing, data analysis, report writing and dissemination of information).
- Maintain awareness of developments in the field of crime statistical analysis and recommend the inclusion of new developments as appropriate.
- Assists with the preparation of annual workplans for the project outputs, which focus on “improving the quality, comparability, reliability and timeliness of citizen security data to inform youth crime and violence policy making and programming in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.
- Assists with the preparation of concept notes and terms of reference to implement project activities in consultation with the Regional Coordinator and Project Team Lead.
- Ensures compliance with the commitments of planning, monitoring and evaluation in support of project coordination.
- Supports consultants throughout the development and implementation phases of CariSECURE information technology products.
- Provides technical support on information technology principles and practices of program development and implementation.
- Assist with the development of regional and national database templates (e.g. Excel, Access, SPSS, etc.) for the Police, Courts, Department of Public Prosecution, Probation, Prisons, and Statistics Offices.
- Provides technical support to the generation of data through IT applications for the Police, Courts, Department of Public Prosecution, Probation, Prisons, and Statistics Offices.
- Supports the organization when delivering training workshops on data analysis and visualization methodologies for key staff in beneficiary countries through IT applications or technologies.
- Provides technical support to existing national observatories to generate and analyse citizen security data to inform policy making through IT applications or technologies.
- Ensures availability of indicators to be reported by national and regional institutions to inform policy and decision making through the IT applications developed under CariSECURE
- Provides advisory services to the governments, regional partners and other key stakeholders on CariSECURE IT tools and methodologies.
- Supports the production of national reports and analysis of citizen security indicators at the national and regional levels through the IT applications developed under CariSECURE
Support to Policy development
- Support CariSECURE team in the development of National Citizen Security white papers and provide advisory support on how IT applications developed under CariSECURE could help these policies.
- Provide technical support on development of evaluation tools for policies on crime and violence
- Support knowledge management related to project activities.
- Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning amongst colleagues and clients.
- Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the project success in implementation of project strategies. Accurate analysis, data entry and presentation of information ensure proper project implementation.
- Builds professional networks with institutional partners
- Influences decision makers
- Resolves managerial conflict
2. Category: Delivery
- Critically assesses value and relevance of existing thinking and policy
- Anticipates constraints and identifies solutions
- Expands capacity of team to deliver on time and on target
- Accountable for project implementation and/or team deliverables
3. Category: People Management
- Demonstrates behaviors such as teamwork, knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships
- Recognizes potential road blocks to completing tasks and seeks guidance from supervisors to address issues.
- Based on formal and informal feedback received, takes action to address areas for growth and improvement
- Encourages team engagement
Results Based Management
- Ability to evaluate, transform and model data to derive relevant findings- undertake & provide analysis of data to assess Project performance and national trends.
Effective Development Cooperation
- Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement.
- Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
- Masters Degree in Statistics, Epidemiology or a reled field. Recognized expertise with Information Technology applications, hardware or related products IS REQUIRED.
- A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in statistical principles, practices, methodologies, and research techniques.
- A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience with managing IT applications or technologies for statistical purposes (collecting, analyzing, and disseminating).
- VERY GOOD knowledge of statistical packages, GIS and new shareware software IS REQUIRED
- Experience in working with governments, donors, non-governmental organisations and international development organisations
- Previous work experience in a UN agency/within the UN Common System would be a distinct asset.
- Fluency in oral and written English.
- Fluency in Spanish and Dutch will be an asset.
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Contract Duration: One Year