UNODC recruits 01 Law Enforcement Advisor, Senegal.
West Africa, and especially the Sahel region, currently faces many interconnected challenges related to poverty, climate change, rapid population growth, as well as severe threats to the national and regional stability posed by human rights violations, terrorism and transnational organized crime. Political instability in the region and the humanitarian crises and human rights situation has made populations more vulnerable and pushed people to migrate in order to protect themselves and meet their basic needs. In parallel, limited opportunities for accessible regular channels for migration and porous borders as well as limited capacities, legal frameworks and resources to combat smuggling of migrants (SOM) have enabled organized criminal groups to develop networks to smuggle migrants through West and North Africa to Europe, often exposing migrants to severe abuses, human rights violations, and risks to their life. In order to respond to this situation, UNODC and OHCHR developed a joint project “PROMIS – Protection of Migrants: Justice, Human Rights and Migrant Smuggling” to strengthen the capacities of West African states to develop a human rights-based response to smuggling of migrants and to effectively respond to human rights violations related to irregular migration”, funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The geographical coverage of the project includes Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, and Senegal.
Output 1.2 of the Project aims at enhancing the capacities to detect, investigate and prosecute smuggling of migrants, while ensuring full and effective protection of the rights of migrants, in line with UNTOC and its additional Protocol on Smuggling of Migrants, as well as international human rights law and standards. UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) requires the services of a consultant (law enforcement expert) to support the implementation of the law enforcement component of the project with specific actions related to providing technical support for detections, investigations and prosecutions of smuggling of migrants and trafficking in person cases.
The position is based in Dakar, with travel to the project’s beneficiary countries in West Africa. The Law Enforcement Expert will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants) of the PROMIS project based in Dakar, in close cooperation with other Project staff and the Head of the Law Enforcement Section, as well as under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative, ROSEN. Between June and August 2019, UNODC has conducted five (5) evidence-based assessment missions in Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, and Senegal on the national criminal justice response to detection, investigation and prosecution related to smuggling of migrants vis-à-vis international conventions and standards. Based on the needs identified, a technical assistance plan was developed for the 5 countries covered by the PROMIS project in order to start the provision of technical assistance support to law enforcement and judicial actors in the region. Based on TAWP, UNODC developed further on specific activities in the support of the operational work of the LEA.
The consultant will continue to work on that basis to build the capacity of the law enforcement forces of the five countries in countering trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants. In addition, the consultant will promote the work of UNODC against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in West and Central Africa within the overall framework of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, as well as support the implementation of UNODC’s Regional Strategy for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in West and Central Africa.
Within the framework of this assignment, the consultant will be required to deliver the following specific outputs:
- Implement the technical assistance work-plan on specialized training, mentoring and capacity building activities to be conducted under the law enforcement component of the PROMIS project at the national and regional level. The component targets law enforcement officials, criminal justice actors, national committees/focal points in selected countries of West Africa to enhance the capacities of the criminal justice chain to respond to smuggling of migrants based on international standards on smuggling of migrants and of human rights.
- Provide substantive inputs to the development and implementation of UNODC projects on smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, under the purview of the Law Enforcement Section and TIP/SOM Programme Unit.
- Initiate or support the development and implementation of strategic regional initiatives; support the development of synergies in between national, regional and international organizations or institutions.
- Act as a focal point for and lead all PROMIS law enforcement actions in cooperation with the NPO’s or other team members. Participate to various activities when requested or in line with the priorities established.
- An advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of criminology, law or education from a recognized national police, customs or other law enforcement institute.
- At least 15 years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience in law enforcement and investigation of organized crime, intelligence, etc., as well as practical experience in working in law enforcement crime units at the national and/or international level is required.
- Work experience on countering trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants is required;
- Work experience in conducting and coordinating cross-border investigations, including collecting of evidence and intelligence, surveillance, search and seizure operations is required; Proven experience in international law enforcement cooperation, particularly at the operational level;
- Expert knowledge of the tools and methods used in trans-national investigations, including joint investigation teams and operational support;
- Work experience in mentoring, training and supporting national agencies in charge of countering organized crime is a strong asset;
- Work experience in capacity building and structural reform of law enforcement agencies in charge of countering organised crime, delivering technical assistance and significant experience in drafting policies and standard operating procedures is desirable.
- Previous experience in international projects is an advantage;
- Work experience in Africa in the field of law enforcement, preferably in West, Central and/or North Africa, is an advantage.
- Demonstrated drafting skills.
- Excellent communication skills.
- English and French are the working languages of the United UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in French and English is mandatory, with proven drafting and communication skills
Application deadline: 02-Dec-20
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