Taking into consideration the difficulty in measuring organised criminal activity only from administrative data (which are not able to capture crimes of this nature fully), it is necessary to develop additional data collection to broaden the evidence available for the analysis. The NOCTA methodology will make use of data and information from several different sources and modalities including administrative data from the national authorities, qualitative information from field work and in-depth interviews with experts and prisoners. Such data will be used to provide more additional information than has been previously used to analyze organized crime and to fill knowledge gaps on the modus operandi and structures of criminal groups.

In this regard, the purpose of the assignment will be the production of new data relevant to the analysis of organised crime in Nigeria, particularly its modus operandi as well as the structures and enablers of organized criminal groups. These data will be produced through in-depth interviews with three population groups:

  • Selected offenders
  1. Those convicted of the following crimes typically associated to organised crime
  2. Approximately 20-25 total
  • Expert practitioners
  1. Selected on the basis of their professional expertise and experience of organized crime in Nigeria, such as investigators, prosecutors, judges, academics, and members of the media, in order to gain a better understanding of the modus operandi and structures of the criminal groups.
  2. Approximately 10-15 total.
  • Final number of interviewees will be contingent on the availability of the relevant population. The crime areas that will be the subjects of the interviews will be the following:
  1. Trafficking in persons (incl. conspiracy) 
  2. Smuggling of migrants (incl. conspiracy) 
  3. Drug production and trafficking (incl conspiracy)  
  4. Cybercrime (incl conspiracy)  
  5. Illegal wildlife trade 
  6. Organized fraud (incl conspiracy)  
  7. Money laundering  
  8.  Corruption  
  9. Illegal dealing with oil products 

The consultant will be responsible for interviewing, recording (if possible) and summarizing the in-depth interviews that will be conducted on the basis of interview tools developed by UNODC. Consultants will be responsible for submitting recordings as well as a structured summary of the interviews to UNODC. Training will take place in preparation for the deployment of the surveys.  

The consultant will carry out the activities as explained below.

  • Specific tasks to be performed:

Under the overall supervision of CONIG TIP/SOM Project Coordinator and the Research Officer, Crime Research Section, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Communicating and coordinating with UNODC local project management team to schedule and attend interviews;
  • Carrying out interviews of prisoners, experts and victims;
  • Submitting recordings (if possible), informed consent forms and structured summaries of interviews; and
  • Relevant assistance as needed on the implementation of the interviews
  • Expected tangible and measurable output(s)/deliverable(s):

The Consultant is expected to produce the following tangible outputs, which will be assessed on the basis of their quality and timely completion:

  • Structured interview summaries (approximately 35-50 total, depending on availability of respondents)

Single payment will be made upon satisfactory completion and/or submission of outputs/ deliverables.

Deliverables A                                 

Output; Summaries of ca. 20-25 prison interviews

Working Days; 25

To be accomplished by (date); 30 June 2021

Deliverables B

Output Summaries of ca.10-15 expert interviews

Working Days; 15

To be accomplished by (date); 30 June 2021

Indicators to evaluate performance 

All outputs specified above delivered by the Consultant should meet the satisfaction of CONIG TIP/SOM programme and the UNODC Research Branch, according to the following indicators:

Quality and relevance of documents and reports prepared by the Consultant

  • Timeliness of delivery
  • Technical competence

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