Job Opening

Posting Title: Maritime Legal Consultant (Lead Consultant)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 10 January 2022 - 19 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-172072-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The assignment will be carried out under the direct supervision of the Programme Officers of the Atlantic Ocean of the GMCP, based in Abuja, Nigeria, as well as Libreville, Gabon. The consultant will be based at her/his place. Once travel restrictions are lifted, travels will be envisaged in line with UN guidelines to Ghana, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola and Sao-Tome y Principe, and the travels may include other countries in the Gulf of Guinea region. More specifically, the consultant will perform the following tasks:
Develop a workplan in consultation with UNODC GMCP;
Based on the existing findings of UNODC’s assessment, provide regular consultations on the current legal reform of criminal code and criminal procedure code of Benin, as well as other areas where amelioration is required to be in line with UNCLOS;
Based on the existing findings and work developed, provide regular consultations on the current legal reform of criminal code and criminal procedure code of Cote d’Ivoire, as well as other areas where amelioration is required to be in line with UNCLOS;
Based on the existing findings and work developed, provide regular consultations on the current legal reform on anti-piracy and other maritime crime in Ghana;
Conduct legal assessments for PASSMAR project and submit study for the beneficiary countries;
Provide legal advice to initiate the development of hand-over agreement for piracy suspects including legal assessment of ECCAS instruments, and drafting of document;
Provide monthly reports and other reports as required and agreed in the workplan.

Work Location

Home-Based (potential travels to Gulf of Guinea countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Angola and Sao-Tome y Principe)

Expected duration

03 February 2022 – 31 December 2022
215 working days

Duties and Responsibilities

Piracy, armed robbery, drug trafficking and other illegal acts committed at sea plague the Gulf of Guinea with dire economic consequences for its riparian countries. Due to the reduced oil-prices and the weakened oil marked, attacks are no longer only targeting oil theft as previously seen, but also involving kidnappings for ransom, similar to what was experienced in East Africa. The lack of effective prosecution related to piracy and armed robbery at sea continues to undermine efforts to combat such crime. It is important for the region to change this trend and ensure that there is no impunity to attacks at sea.

In this context, UNODC GMCP has been promoting legal reform and training maritime criminal justice practitioners on the Law of the Sea and transnational organized maritime crime matters in the region. The support has comprised of legal assessments conducted with regard to piracy and maritime offences, establishing legal frameworks, and support in developing solid legislation in line with the UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other international maritime instruments.

In West Africa, GMCP is working currently on improving the criminal justice action and responses in Gulf of Guinea countries under the US-funded projects on “Strengthening the maritime crime legal frameworks in the Gulf of Guinea” with 3 beneficiary countries including Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin. In Central Africa, the same efforts are being made under the EU-funded regional project called PASSMAR(Programme to Support the Maritime Safety and Security Strategy in Central Africa). The geographical scope of the PASSMAR project covers Central Africa countries administrated by ROSEN and ROSAF: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon and Sao Tomé-et-Principe.
In line with these projects, the purpose of the consultancy is on two-fold:

1) To support Ghana, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire’s prosecution authorities in improving their legal response to piracy, and other maritime crime. To do so, the incumbent will coordinate work of various national consultants working in on-going legal reform initiatives in these countries.

2) To support the Regional Maritime Security Centre (CRESMAC), Economic Community of West Central African States (ECCAS) and Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC) in mapping legal frameworks and issuing recommendations. This assignment focuses on taking forward legal assessments already conducted by UNODC and other partners, updating them and work forward through an integrated approach with the mentioned institutions. Moreover, the incumbent will provide legal advice in drafting a hand-over agreement of piracy suspects for ECCAS.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, police administration or a similar field, focused on international maritime affairs, international security policy, criminal justice and / or the application of the law is required. An undergraduate degree in similar fields and an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of countering maritime crime and implementing law of the sea is required;
Proven experience in legal research and analysis, proposals and training plans, and excellent drafting skills is required;
Proven experience in legal research and analysis, proposals and training plans, and excellent drafting skills is required;
Experience in development work and legal systems in West and Central Africa is required;
Good communication and interpersonal skills are desirable;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills including demonstrated tact in inter-cultural communication is desirable;
Proven experience in dealing with national and regional counterparts from various cultural backgrounds is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations Secretariat language is an advantage.

No Fee

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