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United Nations recruiting Regional Research Analyst

Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, 03 July 2014


The United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) is a regional, UNDP-managed project on human trafficking in Southeast Asia, supporting a more coordinated response to trafficking in persons and prioritizing capacity building amongst key stakeholders. It builds on its predecessor, the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP), and will run for 5-years, from 2014 until 2018.

A key role of UN-ACT will be support to the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking (the COMMIT Process), taking on this role from UNIAP. Established in 2004, COMMIT brings together the six Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries, i.e. Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, in a concerted effort to combat human trafficking in the sub-region. 2014 is an important year for COMMIT as it designs a new Sub-Regional Plan of Action (SPA IV), guiding its work for the years to come.    

One key area of work for UN-ACT is research, data systems and knowledge sharing on human trafficking, with a view to ensuring that key anti-trafficking actors including governments have access to the information required for informed programming and policy decisions. The Regional Research Analyst is expected to play an instrumental role for UN-ACT in this context.


  • To enhance research and data system capacities of relevant stakeholders in the GMS;

  • To develop guidelines and tools for more standardized approaches to research and data systems on human trafficking in the GMS;

  • To make widely available and actively disseminate research publications, tools and guidelines to relevant anti-trafficking actors;

  • To help ensure that relevant research and data analysis is conducted on human trafficking in the GMS.

The assignment will focus on the following areas and activities:

Establish research priorities and partnerships (15%)

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with key research institutions and individuals in the interest of research cooperation, including for capacity building purposes;

  • Identify research and knowledge gaps on human trafficking in the GMS;

  • Engage with relevant partners to define guidelines and tools.

 Develop systems for improved data collection (30%)

  • Identify key data collection systems in COMMIT countries

  • Provide analysis to optimize systems

  • Focus on two country data collection and analysis systems for development

 Implement research and data collection (30%)

  • Design and conduct research on human trafficking in partnership with other relevant actors and/or individuals;

  • Conduct training on research, data collection methods, interviewing techniques and research ethics as necessary.

  Dissemination of research through UN-ACT (25%)

  • Pool resources on human trafficking in Southeast Asia and make them available on UN-ACTs website;

  • Disseminate research and analysis on human trafficking widely and pro-actively, including in the COMMIT framework;

  • Oversee implementation and finalization of UN-ACT research publications.

Final Products:       

  • Three sets off instruments for guidelines and tools for standardized research agreed with relevant organisations/institutes (first instrument after three months, second after five months and third after seven months;

  • Data systems and reporting on human trafficking developed in partnership with two partner COMMIT governments (after eight months);

  • Three relevant research reports on human trafficking in the GMS co-initiated and technically supported in cooperation with relevant organizations/institutions (final draft submitted after four months, final draft of second research after eight months and final draft of third research submitted after twelve months);

  • UN-ACT website equipped and promoted to function as a directory for anti-trafficking resources in the GMS (by ten months).

Deadline:  13 July 2014

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