Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant (Migrant Smuggling Case Based Training Expert)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 14 March 2022 - 22 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-167109-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the overall guidance of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Team leader, Technical Cooperation), HTMSS, and direct supervision of the designated Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, HTMSS responsible for the implementation of these activities, the consultant will perform the following specific tasks:

A) Prepare, design and develop the substantive content of, and facilitate delivery as expert trainer in coordination with other resource persons and UNODC personnel, two four-days case based training on investigating and prosecuting the smuggling of migrants for a group of 25 criminal justice practitioners from Costa Rica and Honduras (Training 1) and the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and other Caribbean countries (Training 2) handling smuggling of migrants cases (20 working days). Estimated travel to Costa Rica January 31 – February 3/ 2022) and the Dominican Republic (March 1 - 4)/2022,
B) Prepare a report after the training activities to present the outcome of the activities containing findings and recommendations for enhancing investigation and prosecution of smuggling of migrants cases in the routes involving participant countries. (8 working days).

Work Location

Home-based with possible travel to Costa Rica (31 January – 3 February 2022) and the Dominican Republic (14 -17 March 2022)

Expected duration

26 January 2022 – 31 March 2022 (total 28 working days)

Duties and Responsibilities

In the framework of the STARSOM project and in particular its pillar I, UNODC is looking for an experienced consultant to support UNODC in the implementation of two training activities in investigating migrant smuggling based on case-based simulations. One simulation will be implemented in Costa Rica with the participation of practitioners from Costa Rica and Honduras and one simulation in the Dominican Republic with the participation of practitioners from the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries. The consultant will provide specialized substantive expertise on preparing the case based scenarios, design the simulation and lead the implementation of both training activities.

The objective of the trainings and the materials prepared should be to enhance the ability of participants to identify, investigate and prosecute migrant smuggling in accordance with the relevant domestic normative frameworks and international legal instruments, in a gender sensitive manner and in full respect of the rights of smuggled migrants. Particular focus will be placed on investigating potential involvement of organized criminal groups engaging in migrant smuggling from South Asia to the Americas via West Africa.

The activities will also aim at building the ability of participants to understand and apply the applicable international instruments and arrangements governing international cooperation against migrant smuggling. The consultant will work for this assignment in close coordination with the Technical Cooperation Team at HTMSS in Vienna and the UNODC/STARSOM migrant smuggling advisor deployed in Costa Rica.

To deliver these activities, the consultant will use the tools, materials and manuals that have been developed by UNODC for the delivery of capacity building interventions, such as the Basic and In-depth Manual to investigate and prosecute the Smuggling of Migrants. In consultation with UNODC project staff, the consultant will use relevant modules of these tools and tailor them to the migrant smuggling context in Central America and the Caribbean.



If the epidemiological and public health safety situation caused by COVID-19 allow in-person delivery, the workshops will be delivered in person, and the consultant will be required to travel to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic . In such case, UNODC will cover expenses related to travel and accommodation of the consultant as per the applicable UN rules. Otherwise, the workshops will be delivered in an online/virtual format.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, political science or related field is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: - A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in the fields of criminal justice, criminal law, human rights, and/or rule of law is required;

- Experience in delivering trainings, including developing training materials on combatting smuggling of migrants or other serious crime is required;

- Very strong knowledge of migrant smuggling issues and developments is required.


- Good knowledge of the Central America and the Caribbean region and its political/crime context is desirable;

- Experience working within the United Nations system or similar international organizations is desirable.
Language: - English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required;

- Knowledge of Spanish is an desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations Secretariat 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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