Job Opening

Posting Title: International Consultant to elaborate a development plan for ANPN’s Wildlife genetic analyses laboratory in Gabon
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 25 February 2022 - 21 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-175541-Individual Contractor
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 Regional Coordinator for Central Africa, and in close collaboration with the broader GPWLFC team and the ANPN, the consultant is expected to carry out the following activities:
• Undertake an assessment of model laboratories that meet the minimum standards for undertaking wildlife DNA forensic analysis as well as national laws and penal procedures, international standards, certifications and best practices needed to guarantee that ANPN analysis are receivable in courts in West and Central African countries;
• Based on examples from similar facilities and specific services offered by ANPN laboratory, investigate potential sources of sustainable funding for the laboratory, including national and international forensic caseworks, analyses of large seizures, overheads;

• Prepare a communication plan for the laboratory to advocate and assist for increasing the availability of and use by ECCAS Member States of quality wildlife forensic data and information for evidence-based operational purposes;

• Prepare a governance plan that will identify the structures and processes necessary, for instance a management committee/board and a scientific committee to ensure accountability, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law and stability of the laboratory;

• Elaborate a final development and sustainability plan for 2022-2026, that will include the abovementioned plans.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

March to May 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

Created in 2007 through the law on national parks, Gabon’s National Parks Agency (ANPN, Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux) is responsible for the management and protection of 13 national parks as well as the Presidential Reserve of Wonga-Wongé and it has been placed under the technical supervision of the Ministry of Waters and Forests since April 2014... ANPN also receives funding from international donors (European Commission, World Bank, AFD, USAID and UNODC) and corporate sponsorship.
In early 2021, ANPN inaugurated its wildlife genetic analysis laboratory at ANPN headquarters in Libreville, Gabon. The laboratory, the first to implement genetic analyses in Central Africa, is a fundamental tool in the fight against wildlife crime in Gabon and the rest of the sub-region. Wildlife genetics is one of the disciplines that constitute wildlife forensics, i.e. the use of scientific techniques to support the investigation of wildlife crime.
The laboratory is equipped with specialised equipment, trained and operational staff, and a storage room dedicated to the conservation of reference samples. The lab allows ANPN to analyse DNA samples taken from local wildlife, notably ivory, skin, bones, scales and faeces.
These analyses are a fundamental tool in the fight against wildlife crime, supporting prosecutions through the production of solid evidence, such as positively identifying fully protected species, demonstrating a link between a wildlife crime scene, a suspect and seized wildlife product, or establishing a link between multiple seizures. Other types of analyses, aimed at producing useful information for investigations, in particular on the geographical origin of seized wildlife products, are also carried out in the wildlife genetics laboratory.
UNODC seeks to elaborate a development and sustainability plan for the laboratory, including the identification of gaps to strengthen its regulatory framework and its governance with a view to ensure receivability of the produced analysis in and to guarantee an increasingly progressive financial autonomy.
The objective of this consultancy is to undertake a revision of model wildlife genetic analysis laboratories as well as national laws, international standards, certifications and best practices needed to guarantee that ANPN analysis are receivable in courts in Gabon and other West and Central African countries.
The consultant shall also develop a sustainability plan for 2022-2026 to ensure the progressive financial sustainability of ANPN’s wildlife forensic laboratory. It should include all the possible services that the laboratory could offer. This analysis should be based on the comparison with similar labs in the world and on also focusing on specific needs to the central African region and more precisely Gabon.

The consultancy will also include the identification of potential customers, partners and other sustainable funding sources in the region and to prepare a communication plan of the ANPN services.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration, or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in research on law enforcement issues, the fight against transnational organized crime, illicit trafficking and insecurity, and in particular in the field of crime environmental impact is required.
• Professional experience in Central Africa is desirable.
• Experience of forensic science is desirable
• Lab work and hands-on experience, including in crime scene investigation, trace evidence analysis are desirable.
• Good knowledge of and experience in capacity building approaches in the context of wildlife forensic science.
• Knowledge of wildlife law enforcement related issues, policies and programmes in Central African region is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English and French are required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language, is an advantage.

No Fee

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