Improving the national human trafficking data collection in CAR

Improving the national human trafficking data collection in CAR

Support UNODC CAR in improving the national human trafficking data collection system and building the national capacity for data collection and analysis
COUNTRY: Central African Republic
START - END DATE: August-November 2022
VALUE (EUR): 34,000.00 €

As the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its additional protocols on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, UNODC has the specific mandate and expertise to assist countries in West and Central Africa to develop actions against criminal networks involved in the smuggling of migrants, human trafficking and other forms of transnational crime while protecting the rights of migrants.

Through its regional office based in Senegal and its country offices based in the region, UNODC launched in August 2015 its Regional Strategy against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (2015- 2020; extended to 2021) for West and Central Africa, which aims to strengthen the capacities of countries in the region to fight against criminal networks profiting from smuggling and trafficking while fully guaranteeing the rights victims and vulnerable migrants.

UNODC supports national governments in West and Central Africa, mainly by strengthening the institutional and human capacities of criminal justice systems, improving legal and policy frameworks, strengthening data collection and research, by creating regional coordination mechanisms and by raising public awareness of the risks associated with these crimes.


One aspect of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) project currently being implemented in the CAR is the strengthening of mechanisms for collecting, monitoring and analyzing data on human trafficking. The lack of a systematic and coordinated data collection mechanism at the national level is an obstacle to decision-making on human trafficking and to an accurate assessment of the country's progress in this area. In accordance with the strategy defined by the PBF project, UNODC will support the Interministerial Committee in the process of setting up a national system for collecting, monitoring and analyzing data on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.

The objective of the consultation is to support the Program Coordinator based in Bangui, CAR, in improving the national system for collecting data on human trafficking and strengthening the capacities of national actors involved in the collection and data analysis. Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator based in Bangui, and in close collaboration with the Staff of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Unit, and the Chief of the Law Enforcement Section, as well as under the general direction of the UNODC Regional Representative, ROSEN, the consultant will:

  • Identify data providers (institutional and non-institutional (NGOs)) and sensitize them on the importance of contributing to the development of a national data collection, monitoring and analysis system;
  • Develop indicators/variables to be collected and prepare data collection templates with actors and institutions (police, prosecutors/judges, NGOs and other relevant national data providers);
  • Develop a memorandum of understanding or a consultation framework on the national data collection system.
  • Train designated focal points from each data provider. As such, special training will be organized once the above steps have been successfully completed.

The work involves frequent interaction with: national stakeholders designated by the Government, UNODC Law Enforcement and Research Sections at the Regional Office in Dakar, UNODC Office in CAR and other UN entities involved in the CAR (particularly the IOM, but also the ILO, UNICEF, MINUSCA, ONUFEMMES, UNFPA and UNDP), specialized agencies, funds and programs (particularly the PBF), representatives and officials of governments and local communities in the target areas, national human rights institutions, international and regional organizations, as well as experts and consultants.