Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant to strengthen the South America Wildlife Enforcement Network (SudWEN)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 30 September 2021 - 14 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-165102-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the supervision of the Chief of the Sustainable Livelihoods Unit/Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime (GPWLFC) and in close collaboration with the Programme Officer in Vienna and the Focal Point for Latin America (GPWLFC), the Consultant will perform the following tasks:

1) Organize and convene a series of six half day virtual meetings (between mid-November and mid-December) that will use relevant sections of the ICCWC Guidelines for Wildlife Enforcement Networks to develop draft TORs for SudWEN and identify technical needs and next steps to reinvigorate the network;
2) Prepare all relevant meeting documentation (agenda, invitations, final report etc.) and support the coordination of the logistic arrangements for the virtual meetings;
3) Ensure the piloting of the ICCWC Guidelines for Wildlife Enforcement Networks at the meeting;
4) Contribute to the development of draft TORs for SudWEN, incorporating inputs from national counterparts;
5) Support the GPWLFC for the meeting(s) organization, including liaison with experts and attendees to coordinate participation and translation.
6) Draft the final report.
7) Communicate and correspond with countries to galvanize support and identify additional SudWEN focal points for the operationalization of SudWEN;
8) Maintain regular contact/Liaise with SudWEN focal points over the course of the assignment.

The tasks will be carried out from the contractor’s home-base.


The consultant will be responsible for the quality and timely submission of his/her specific deliverables, as specified below, closely engaging with relevant team members and partners:


1) The organization and convening of a series of six half day virtual meetings (between mid-November and mid-December) for SudWEN focal points, utilizing relevant sections of the ICCWC Guidelines for Wildlife Enforcement Networks, to develop draft TORs for SudWEN and identify technical needs and next steps to reinvigorate the network;
2) The preparation of meeting documentation and logistics for the virtual meetings;
3) The piloting of the ICCWC Guidelines for Wildlife Enforcement Networks during the meeting;
4) The development of draft TORs for SudWEN, incorporating inputs from national counterparts
5) Coordinate with GPWLFC for the meeting(s) organization, including liaison with experts and attendees to coordinate participation and translation;
6) The final report is drafted and technical needs and next steps to reinvigorate the network identified;
7) Participating countries and main country focal points for the reinvigoration of SudWEN identified;

Work Location

home-based

Expected duration

45 days

Duties and Responsibilities

In 2014, the South America Wildlife Enforcement Network (SudWEN) was first established with the aim of increasing counter- wildlife trafficking efforts in South America. At that time, SudWEN did not operationalize due to a lack of resources. Recent regional initiatives, such as the First High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade (3-4 October 2019, Lima/Peru), as well as the regional workshop on illegal jaguar trade held in Bolivia (24-25 July 2019, Santa Cruz/Bolivia), are contributing to making the fight against wildlife crime a regional priority. The Lima Declaration recognizes poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife as serious crimes and further acknowledges the need to promote the strengthening of cross-border and regional cooperation enforcement networks to improve coordination and the investigation, prosecution and punishment of wildlife crime cases. The importance of regional cooperation is further recognized in the Bolivia Jaguar Declaration, in which jaguar range states are invited to support the establishment of a Latin American Network to combat wildlife trafficking.

UNODC, on behalf of ICCWC, is leading on supporting Member States in the South American region in strengthening the SudWEN for the development of a more effective, targeted, region-wide effort to combat wildlife trafficking in South America.

The Consultant shall be dedicated to assignments under the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, Division for Operations (DO).

The purpose of this assignment is to convene a series of virtual meetings with SudWEN focal points, utilizing relevant sections of the ICCWC Guidelines for Wildlife Enforcement Networks, resulting in the development of draft Terms of Reference for SudWEN and to maintain regular contact with SudWEN focal points and outreach to countries to galvanize support and identify additional focal points for the operationalization of SudWEN.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in international relations, law, political science, law enforcement or a related field, is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in diplomacy or international relations is required.

Broad knowledge of international law and criminal law, including all criminal justice issues and crime prevention is required.

A professional experience in the field of environmental crime is required.

Previous experience working in /knowledge of the South American region is required.

In-depth knowledge of the fight against transnational organized crime and the technical and normative capacities of UNODC is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language, is an advantage. Fluency in Portuguese is desirable.

No Fee

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