Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant-Port Security and Maritime Law Enforcement Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 13 January 2022 - 21 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office at Nairobi-172324-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Completion of the Port Security and Safety of Navigation training blocks in Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles.
• Production of a KCGS training programme
• Establishment and maintenance of coordination with other international and national entities seeking to provide training support to the KCGS.

Work Location

Nairobi, Kenya with travel to Port Security Countries( Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles).

Expected duration

1 February 2022 – 31 October 2022(189 days)

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background of the assignment:

The UNODC Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) continues to support the criminal justice systems of states in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions in dealing with issues of maritime crime. This support has included the entire justice chain involved in this work, including the Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) authorities, the police, prosecutors, judges and prison staff of these states. To date, and following the successful delivery of training, mentoring and embedded mentors, this support has been delivered in Somaliland, Puntland and South-Central Somalia, Kenya, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Yemen.

The South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, joining the Americas, East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, contain maritime trade routes critical to the economic development and prosperity of the Global South. However, at present, those routes are linked by port facilities that are frequently rendered vulnerable by weak maritime enforcement institutions, incomplete compliance with international standards for safety and security and a lack of regional cooperation. These limitations pose risks to maritime and port security and safety by creating a climate in which transnational criminal organizations can engage in illicit trafficking on a global scale and substandard vessels can transit, posing significant hazards to safety of life at sea and to coastal maritime environments and the populations that depend on them for their livelihoods. As globalization continues to expand to currently underserved areas in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO), these hazards can reasonably be expected to undergo a proportional increase unless concrete interventions are taken to strengthen port regulation institutions and compliance with international standards for port safety and security.

UNODC through GMCP and Container Control Programme (CCP), and in close collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) will support enforcement efforts and promote pathways to prosecution for maritime, port and customs agencies responsible for maritime and port security and safety measures in the target states as part of the Port Security and Safety of Navigation programme. The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) will have a central coordinating role. The programme is characterized by three core objectives:

Result 1: Capacities of safety of navigation authorities are strengthened in the EA-SA-IO region Result 2: Port security legislation and the related compliance framework is developed and implemented
Result 3: A regional information sharing mechanism and data exchange system on cargo and passengers is developed.

Project implementation will be launched through an inception phase of up to six months, which will focus on IMO and UNODC’s respective areas of competency. IMO will review, compile and analyse data available from assessments of the current state of Flag State Implementation, Port State Control (PSC), International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code compliance regimes and maritime legal frameworks, and UNODC will undertake a similar process related to MLE capabilities in each target state, to inform targeted delivery in each state and the implementation of the deliverables to address gaps identified. Cross-cutting information will be shared wherever possible, and gaps noted in the inception report will be addressed within the remaining four-year project cycle. The inception phase will be coherently designed amongst all agencies, including INTERPOL and IOC in order to ensure synergies, complementarity and clear division of labour and timelines. It is at this stage that the logical framework and work plan, particularly the baselines and realistic target information will be updated.

The programme has also extended its work to focus on capacity building of MLE authorities. This includes the mentoring of staff and communication between regional entities. To date and following the successful delivery of mentoring in Kenya in August and September, there is a need to develop a training programme for the newly formed Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS).

2. Purpose of the assignment:

The purpose of this assignment is for the expert to both coordinate the three Port Security consultant and develop a training programme for the KCGS whilst being situated in Mombasa.

3. Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant:

Under the overall supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative (ROEA), in coordination when appropriate with the UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) and Mozambique Country Office (COMOZ), and under the direct supervision and regular liaison with the Programme Coordinator MCP/IOW, the expert will perform the following tasks:

• Coordinate Port Security training blocks in Tanzania
• Coordinate Port Security training blocks in Mozambique
• Coordinate Port Security training blocks in Comoros
• Coordinate Port Security training blocks in Madagascar
• Coordinate Port Security training blocks in Mauritius
• Coordinate Port Security training blocks in Seychelles
• Coordinate Port Security Training blocks in Mombasa, Kenya for Year 2 (2022).
• Maintain coordination with all other international or national entities currently seeking to provide training support to the KCGS
• Generate a written initial estimate of work required to develop a formal training programme for the KCGS
• Submit 9 monthly reports

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

• An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or criminal justice, security, crime prevention and/or law enforcement is required. A first level university degree or equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution with specialization in criminal justice, security, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement and/or other related areas, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


• At least 10 years’ experience as a member of a defense force, maritime authority or private sector security organization is required
• Experience in management and delivery of port or maritime security training programmes in an international setting is required
• Experience with security or law enforcement operations aboard ships or at international ports of entry is required
• Professional qualification as a Facility Security Officer or Port Facility Security Officer is required
• Professional certification on training skills is desirable
• A broad understanding of the security situation in the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa is desirable


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.

No Fee


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