United Nations – Maritime Crime Research Consultant.

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Work Location: Nairobi

Expected duration: November 2021 to April 2022

Result of Service

• The satellite phones were delivered to KRA to support monitoring efforts against illicit trade across the Somali-Kenyan border.
• The Basic Training on Charcoal Forensic Examination eLearning course was produced.
• The Handbook on the Implementation of United Nations Sanctions in the Gulf of Aden was finalized.
• The report on disruption measures against al-Shabaab financing was completed and has informed future programme development.
• Inter-agency cooperation among relevant Government of Kenya partners was facilitated to help advance the fight against transnational organized crime and illicit trade.
• Joint UNODC-UNEP training to Gulf State officials on the Charcoal Forensic Guide was delivered.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background of the assignment:
Through UN Security Council Resolution 2551 (2020), the Council Reaffirms the importance of the efforts of the UNODC and its international partners to monitor and disrupt the export and import of charcoal to and from Somalia, and encourages the UNODC, within its current mandate, under the Indian Ocean Forum on Maritime Crime, to bring together relevant States and international organizations, including European Naval Force Operation Atalanta (EUNAVFOR), Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and other naval forces in the region to enhance regional cooperation on responding to illicit maritime flows and disrupt all forms of trafficking in licit and illicit goods that may finance terrorist activities in Somalia. The UNODC GARS, Transnational Organized Crime at Sea team is dedicated to support the implementation of the mandate reflected in the mentioned UNSC resolution and will continue monitoring the trafficking and trade trends and patterns, as well as develop disruption models and work closely with partners in ensuring the disruption enforcement. This consultancy is supporting the work of the TOC at Sea team through research analysis and monitoring of charcoal trafficking, licit and illicit trade in support of Al-Shabaab and movement of IED components.
2. Purpose of the assignment:
The purpose of the assignment is to provide support to research analysis, monitoring and reporting in line with UNODC’s mandate under UNSC resolution 2551 (2020) and future mandate pursuant to new resolutions.
3. Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant:
Under the overall supervision of the UNODC GMCP Programme Coordinator, the consultant will implement the following tasks:
Deliverable A – by 30 November 2021
• Serve as the focal point to UNODC’s Global eLearning Programme to produce GMCP’s interactive course provisionally titled Basic Training on Charcoal Forensic Examination, including by developing a storyboard based on the existing Charcoal Forensic Guide.
• Collect final inputs from partners to help finalize the Handbook on the Implementation of United Nations Sanctions in the Gulf of Aden.
• Complete preparations ahead of the inter-agency meeting with Government of Kenya partners, including but not limited to compiling a list of delegates, assisting with set-up on the day of the meeting, taking meeting minutes, and preparing a post for UNODC GMCP’s Twitter account and a web story to upload onto ROEA’s website for enhanced visibility, among other things.
• Deliver a presentation to the African Wildlife Forensic Network on GMCP’s Charcoal Forensic Guide, involving the development of a PowerPoint slide and short speaking notes.
• Support the procurement of satellite phones to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) by liaising with GMCP’s administrative staff, the vendor, and KRA for successful delivery.
• Serve as the focal point for the study on disruption methods against al-Shabaab financing, including by providing research assistance to three consultants, arranging interviews, and collecting time sheets, among other things.
• Follow guidance from GARS’s Programme Coordinator on next steps for the possible development and delivery of joint UNODC-UNEP training to Gulf State officials on how to implement and enforce the Somali charcoal sanctions.
• Provide support to the GARS team on the procurement of drones in support of the Government of Kenya’s border management efforts, drawing on past discussions with KRA and the Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS).
• Assist GMCP’s MDA Analyst in producing a quarterly charcoal assessment for circulation with external partners.
• Support GMCP in chairing the November quadrilateral meeting, including by preparing a provisional meeting agenda, disseminating a meeting link, and circulating meeting minutes.
• Perform ad-hoc activities as requested by GARS’s Programme Coordinator and other senior team members.
Deliverable B – by 31 December 2021
• Develop, with guidance from GARS’s Programme Coordinator and team members, a workplan for the implementation of the next Security Council resolution to help guide activities for the reporting period.
• Support the Senior Maritime Crime Consultant with the organization of the next Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF) meeting, building on the report entitled LETF Special Report – Activities of Pirate Leaders and Financiers.
• Continue serving as the focal point to UNODC’s Global eLearning Programme to produce GMCP’s interactive course provisionally titled Basic Training on Charcoal Forensic Examination, including by finalizing a storyboard based on the existing Charcoal Forensic Guide.
• Finalize the Handbook on the Implementation of United Nations Sanctions in the Gulf of Aden and prepare a web story to upload onto ROEA’s website for enhanced visibility.
• Follow advice from GARS’s Programme Coordinator on the next steps to promote inter-agency cooperation among partners of the Government of Kenya, such as arranging another meeting or otherwise.
• Continue serving as the focal point for the study on disruption methods against al-Shabaab financing.
• Follow guidance from GARS’s Programme Coordinator on next steps for the possible development and delivery of joint UNODC-UNEP training to Gulf State officials on how to implement and enforce the Somali charcoal sanctions.
• Support the GARS team on the launch of a possible drone pilot project in support of the Government of Kenya’s border management efforts, drawing on past discussions with KRA and KCGS.
• Assist GMCP’s MDA Analyst in producing a quarterly charcoal assessment for circulation with external partners.
• Perform ad-hoc activities as requested by the GARS Programme Coordinator and other senior team members.
Deliverable C – by 31 January 2022
• Continue serving as the focal point to UNODC’s Global eLearning Programme to produce GMCP’s interactive course provisionally titled Basic Training on Charcoal Forensic Examination, including by submitting the story board, communicating with the eLearning Programme on the production of the alpha version, and ensuring timelines are met, among other things.
• Continue serving as the focal point for the study on disruption methods against al-Shabaab financing, including by providing research assistance to three consultants and collecting time sheets, among other things.
• Follow advice from GARS’s Programme Coordinator on the next steps to promote inter-agency cooperation among partners of the Government of Kenya, such as arranging another meeting or otherwise.
• Support the GARS team on the implementation of a possible drone pilot project in support of the Government of Kenya’s border management efforts, drawing on past discussions with KRA and KCGS.
• Follow guidance from GARS’s Programme Coordinator on next steps for the delivery of joint UNODC-UNEP training to Gulf State officials, including logistical arrangements and content development, among others.
• Assist GMCP’s MDA Analyst in producing a quarterly charcoal assessment for circulation with external partners.
• Support the GARS team in participating in the monthly quadrilateral meeting, including by taking internal GARS notes and sharing information with GARS’s Maritime Law Enforcement team as relevant.
Deliverable D – by 28 February 2022
• Continue serving as the focal point to UNODC’s Global eLearning Programme to produce GMCP’s interactive course provisionally titled Basic Training on Charcoal Forensic Examination, including by reviewing the alpha version and communicating with the eLearning Programme on the next steps of production.
• Follow advice from GARS’s Programme Coordinator on the next steps to promote inter-agency cooperation among partners of the Government of Kenya, such as arranging another meeting or otherwise.
• Support the GARS team on the implementations of a possible drone pilot project in support of the Government of Kenya’s border management efforts, drawing on past discussions with KRA and KCGS.
• Follow guidance from GARS’s Programme Coordinator on the delivery of joint UNODC-UNEP training to Gulf State officials, including logistical arrangements and monitoring and evaluation efforts.
• Assist GMCP’s MDA Analyst in producing a quarterly charcoal assessment for circulation with external partners.
• Support the GARS team in participating in the monthly quadrilateral meeting, including by taking internal GARS notes and sharing information with GARS’s Maritime Law Enforcement team as relevant.
• Perform ad-hoc activities as requested by the GARS Programme Coordinator and other senior team members.
Deliverable E – by 31 March 2022
• Continue serving as the focal point to UNODC’s Global eLearning Programme to produce GMCP’s interactive course provisionally titled Basic Training on Charcoal Forensic Examination, including by following the eLearning Programme’s advice on the next steps of production.
• Support the Senior Maritime Crime Consultant in planning the 2022 LETF meeting.
• Assist GMCP’s MDA Analyst in producing a quarterly charcoal assessment for circulation with external partners.
• Support the GARS team in participating in the monthly quadrilateral meeting, including by taking internal GARS notes and sharing information with GARS’s Maritime Law Enforcement team as relevant.
• Perform ad-hoc activities as requested by the GARS Programme Coordinator and other senior team members.
Deliverable F – by 30 April 2022
• Continue serving as the focal point to UNODC’s Global eLearning Programme to produce GMCP’s interactive course provisionally titled Basic Training on Charcoal Forensic Examination, including by following the eLearning Programme’s advice on the next steps to finalize production.
• Follow guidance from GARS’s Programme Coordinator to implement the team workplan and assist in project development activities.
• Compile and maintain a log of meetings to help inform GMCP’s future brief on the implementation of its mandate under the respective Security Council resolution.
• Support the Senior Maritime Crime Consultant in planning the 2022 LETF meeting.
• Support the GARS team in participating in the monthly quadrilateral meeting, including by taking internal GARS notes and sharing information with GARS’s Maritime Law Enforcement team as relevant.
• Perform ad-hoc activities as requested by the GARS Programme Coordinator and other senior team members.

Qualifications/special skills

  • Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in English, development, international relations, social science, law, political science, or criminology, is required.
  • A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in the areas of research and analysis, project development and support is required;
    Experience working with international organizations is desirable;
  • Excellent research and communication skills are required.

Language:

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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