Job Opening

Posting Title: International consultant specialized in gender and gender mainstreaming
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 02 December 2021 - 11 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-169747-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 Cybercrime Advisor for West Africa from UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), the consultant will perform the following assigned functions:

PHASE ONE
• Support the development and drafting of two (2) national assessments to identify gender needs in the field of female cyber-crime professionals in two (2) West African countries (designed below as country A and country B);
• Develop two (2) technical proposals to develop gender sensitive measures and empower female cyber-crime professionals within the criminal justice system of the selected countries (designed below as country A and country B);
• Hold three (3) presentations of the assessments (virtual or online presentations) at national or international level.

PHASE TWO
• Organize and facilitate four (4) monthly meetings with the UNODC’s African women in cyber group (in April, May, June and September) including updating the members list on a monthly basis, booking guests, sending invitations, moderating the meetings and drafting a short recap of each session;
• Draft five (5) monthly newsletters for the UNODC’s African women in cyber group (in April, May, June, July and September) with relevant content on women career development and the cyber industry;
• Plan, organize and facilitate the annual meeting of the UNODC’s African women in cyber group (online or in-person meeting).
All the deliverables are to be drafted in French.

Work Location

Home-based and travel if COVID-19 situation allows : Benin (10th to 14th of February 2022) and Cameroon (17th to 21st of February 2022)

Expected duration

10 January 2022 – 31 October 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

The UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in the fight against cyber-related crimes through capacity building and technical assistance. Globally, investigators continue to be challenged by the high speed of data exchange, the involvement of multiple providers and the nuances necessary to apply traditional legal principles to this globalized crime. The transnational nature of cybercrime, the established involvement of organized crime groups, darknet and cryptomarkets, investigative challenges, the exploitation of cryptocurrencies and local, national and international governance challenges make cybercrime disruption a high priority for member states security and population’s safety.

In West Africa, the Global Programme on Cybercrime focuses on specialized knowledge areas, awareness raising activities and cybercrime prevention methodologies, with a special focus on online child sexual exploitation and abuse investigation and prevention. These activities are implemented through various outputs and activities, including technical and legal advice, capacity building through training activities and procurement, and facilitation of national coordination and international cooperation.

As an organization, UNODC has identified gender as an issue cutting across all aspects of its programmes and activities. UNODC gender objectives are described in the UNODC Strategy for Gender Equality and the empowerment of women (2018-2021) which reflects UNODC’s commitment in achieving Sustainable Development Goal no. 5.

In matters of cyber-crime disruption, achieving a gender-balance workforce will help improving the efficiency of the criminal justice sector to counter cyber threats. As women are particularly targeted by some forms of cyber-crime, it is of prime importance to improve their involvement in the cybercrime response.

Indeed, women are underrepresented amongst cyber-crime professional, representing only a small proportion of specialized investigators, prosecutors and judges acting in cyber-crime cases. At a larger scale, women are also underrepresented in IT universities and industry.

In order to mainstream gender and to promote gender equality in cybercrime professionals in West Africa, it is critical to get a better understanding of how this gender gap has been created and sustained, as well as identifying actions and good practices to promote women empowerment, training and career development in cyber.

In this context, the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime is seeking an experienced consultant to support identified Member States in West Africa in mainstreaming gender among cybercrime professionals (PHASE ONE) and to facilitate a network of women professional working in cyber-related issues (PHASE TWO).

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in gender studies, social sciences, law, economics, development, public administration or a closely related field is required.
A first level university degree in the above-mentioned fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: • At least 5 years of professional international development-related experience at international level is required;
• Experience working with the United Nations system in the area of gender equality and knowledge of the UN system policies and recommendations is required;
• Experience in technical assistance and the development of gender mainstreaming assessments, strategies, national actions plan and/or technical proposal in the areas of criminal justice or crime prevention is required;
• Experience in moderation and organization of events (online or in person) is desirable;
• Research experience, including research as a result of a PhD degree in social sciences is desirable;
• Work experience in various countries of West Africa is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in French and knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

No Fee

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