Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant (E4J Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice University Level) on Wildlife and Forest Crime
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 04 November 2021 - 29 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-167761-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Under the supervision of Jenna Dawson-Faber, Programme Officer, SLU, the Consultant will produce academic material that is tailored to the Pacific context to complement the five existing crime modules, with sufficient material for an academic to teach a three-hour university class on key issues relevant to wildlife and forest crime in the Pacific. The material should be relevant for lecturers teaching in different disciplines (e.g. legal studies, political science, etc.), and should contain case studies, reference to specific legislation and legal practices, exercises and resources that are specific to the Pacific context. This will also support academics to justify developing and teaching the course within their respective faculties.

The Consultant will prepare and lead a virtual peer revision to be held in early February 2022, to review and validate the draft regionalized material on wildlife and forest crime and crimes in the fisheries sector, as well as related interactive tools and resources. The Consultant will then incorporate comments from the virtual peer-revision, including comments from UNODC experts.

Incorporating both practical and theoretical/technical approaches to the subject, the material should complement the structure of the existing modules and should include:

- Species examples from the Pacific, noting how they are part of the trafficking chain (i.e. for the pet trade, for traditional medicine, for furniture, for food, etc.);
- Case examples from the Pacific, including specific cases related to endangered fauna, flora and marine species;
- Relevant national or regional legislation and any specific offences;
- Examples of regional cooperation, including law enforcement or judicial cooperation;
- Examples of Pacific-specific challenges in preventing and addressing wildlife and forest crime, as well as crimes in the fisheries sector;
- Examples of community engagement and indigenous management of natural resources linked to prevention or addressing of wildlife and forest crime or crimes in the fisheries sector;
- Exercises that work towards the learning outcomes (including pre-class, in-class and post-class exercises). For example: quiz, list of essay questions, instructions on how to organize a group discussion, suggestions for field trips, research activity, pairing high school students with university students, model UN etc.) that are relevant to the Pacific context.
- Links to, and a brief description of, open source online resources, including academic journal articles and e-books.
- Additional teaching tools – including:
a. A PowerPoint presentation that adequately reflects the contents of the material (or several shorter PowerPoint presentations if focused on specific topics within the modules)
b. Links to open source videos related to the topics covered by a given module.
c. At least one extended case study that incorporates as many elements of the five modules as possible.
- Cross linkages with other E4J topics and subjects relevant to UNODC mandate areas.

Work Location

Home-based with potential travel in the region

Expected duration

December 2021 to March 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of the assignment is to regionalize the five (5) existing E4J modules on wildlife and forest crime for the Pacific context, with relevant resources for use by academics. Sufficient material to teach a 3-hour university level course focused on these issues in the Pacific will be developed.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are desirable;
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, economics, public administration, social sciences, environmental studies or other related field 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. A PhD degree or equivalent in environmental studies or related field is desirable;
Experience: At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of research and teaching on topics linked to wildlife and forest crime and crimes in the fisheries sector are required;
At least 10 years of work experience related to university-level education with a focus on criminology or environmental science, or other areas relevant to wildlife and forest crime and crimes in the fisheries sector are required;
Extensive knowledge of educational standards, academic methodology and teaching methods is required;
Capacity to work independently and with minimal supervision is required;
Experience working in and/or with the Pacific region is desirable;
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.

Additional Information

Education for Justice (E4J), an initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was developed as a result of the Doha Declaration on Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice into the Wider United Nations Agenda to Address Social and Economic Challenges and to Promote the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, and Public Participation, which was adopted by the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2015. The Declaration recognizes the fundamental importance of universal education for children and youth, for the prevention of crime, terrorism and corruption, as well as for sustainable development.
E4J was an innovative and comprehensive educational approach designed to support the integration of crime prevention and other rule of law aspects into all levels of education. At the university level, E4J aimed to facilitate and promote teaching and research on issues related to UNODC mandate areas, including wildlife and forest crime, anti-corruption, organized crime, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, terrorism prevention, cybercrime, criminal justice, amongst others.
UNODC’s Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime has been working with Member States to prevent and address crimes that affect the environment since 2010. The Global Programme follows a ‘crime scene to court’ approach, working with criminal justice system actors to more effectively prevent, identify, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate these crimes, through the provision of technical assistance and capacity building. Reaching the next general of policy-makers and criminal justice practitioners is critical to address the twin climate and biodiversity crises and the crime and corruption that undermine global efforts to prevent and mitigate these most pressing challenges of our time.
Together, E4J and the Global Programme developed the Wildlife Crime module series, to support academics teaching on UNODC’s mandate areas of crimes that affect the environment. As part of these efforts, UNODC is seeking a consultant who will assist in the regionalization of the five (5) existing teaching modules (modules 1-2-3 available here: https://www.unodc.org/e4j/en/tertiary/wildlife-crime.html) for academics who are currently teaching, or who wish to teach, courses for both undergraduate and graduate students in the area of Wildlife and Forest Crime and Crimes in the Fisheries Sector, and who wish to include specific material relevant to the Pacific.
The existing modules include:
i) Illicit Markets for Wildlife, Forest and Fisheries Products
ii) International Frameworks for Combating Wildlife Trafficking
iii) Criminal Justice Responses to Wildlife Trafficking
iv) Illegal Exploitation of Wild Flora
v) Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Engagement in Preventing and Combating Wildlife, Forest and Fisheries Crime

The consultant will provide material similar to what was added to the modules as “Regional perspective: Eastern and Southern Africa – added in April 2020”; see online modules for reference. The material provided will be sufficient to create a 3-hour university-level class focused on the Pacific and captures key elements from all five modules.

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