Job Opening

Posting Title: Law Enforcement Expert (Airports-Air Passenger Data) - Temporary, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 09 March 2022 - 22 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-176455-J-Dakar (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the Chief, Border Management Branch in the Division for Operations (DO) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna and the direct supervision of the AIRCOP global Senior Programme Coordinator.

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The Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Air Passenger Data) will be in charge of coordinating activities related to advance passenger information (API) and passenger name record (PNR) under the project “Establishment of real-time operational communication between international airports” (AIRCOP). These activities will contribute to the umbrella project “Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CTTP)” which will be implemented by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in cooperation with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), INTERPOL and UNODC (both AIRCOP and Terrorism Prevention Branch).
The Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Air Passenger Data) will plan, coordinate, lead and provide substantive technical assistance, expertise and advice for all AIRCOP activities related to API/PNR data, in particular as they contribute to the UNOCT project “Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CTTP)”.
Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:
• Participate in the assessment, analysis and selection of priority countries in which the UNOCT project will be implemented, under the lead of CTED and in consultation with project partners. Review specifically current institutional set-up and capacity-building needs of priority countries in terms of API/PNR, in coordination with the Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (Airports/Air Passenger Data).
• Conceptualize the overall strategy for the activities to be delivered as part of the component on institutional set-up and capacity-building on the use of API/PNR data under the UNOCT project, in liaison with project partners and in coordination with the Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (Airports/Air Passenger Data).
• Plan and organize activities (awareness raising, advisory services and operational assistance) to be implemented as part of the overall strategy on the institutional set-up and capacity-building related to the use of API/PNR data, including detailed workplans and estimated budget, in coordination with the Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (Airports/Air Passenger Data).
• Provide advisory services (including good practices) and operational assistance to governments, in particular law enforcement agencies and entities, for the establishment and operationalisation of Passenger Information Unit (PIUs) in priority countries, in close cooperation with partners.
• Guide the AIRCOP Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (Airports/Air Passenger Data) in implementing capacity-building activities supporting the operationalisation of API/PNR systems in priority countries, as well as experts, consultants and contractors contributing to the delivery of activities.
• Coordinate the implementation of relevant activities with AIRCOP Regional Coordinators in Africa, the Middle East and other regions as required, in particular when liaising with national authorities. Liaise and coordinate with project partners with a view to facilitate the delivery of activities.
• Manage the implementation of the logistical aspects of all activities; monitor and analyze implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions.
• Prepare all correspondence linked to the implementation of the activities and follow up on them; organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy proposals and documents, studies, summary reports, etc.
• Provide regular reports to UNODC, UNOCT and relevant stakeholders on advancement of work, implementation status, delivery and results. Contribute relevant elements to any substantive and narrative documents required by the implementation of the AIRCOP project and the UNOCT project.
• Monitor developments related to API/PNR globally, in the priority countries and in the regions covered by AIRCOP.
• When required, represent UNODC at relevant regional or international events in matters related to API/PNR.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Counterparts, officers and technical staff of UNODC officers and staff at Headquarters and field offices, other relevant UN Secretariat departments and offices, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, in particular UNOCT, CTED, ICAO, OICT, Interpol and UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch. Representatives and officials of national governments, relevant international and regional law enforcement, security and civil aviation forums, experts, consultants, technical staff.

Results Expected:
Provision of well researched and sound advisory services and operational assistance on border management, air border and passenger data (API/PNR). Timely and effective implementation and support of project strategy, including the development, organization, and successful delivery of capacity building and technical assistance. Timely and high-quality drafting of needs assessments and implementation reports. Efficient use of resources. Effective enhancement of Member States’ capacities in relation to air border control and the use of API/PNR for profiling/targeting, and related strategies and measures. Effective dissemination of best practices and methodologies. Effective and timely liaison with relevant counterparts, colleagues and concerned parties, internally and externally.


• Professionalism: Has solid knowledge and understanding of UNODC and UN mandates, including law enforcement, border management, crime, illicit drugs and terrorism prevention. Has knowledge and understanding of policies and sound practices relevant to law enforcement and border control, including the collection and use of Advance Passenger Information and Passenger Name Record. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment and develop strategies in the relevant field. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, business administration, management or a related field, 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 law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in national and/or international institutions in the fields of law enforcement, investigation, police, counter-terrorism, drug and/or crime prevention and control is required.

Experience in providing advisory services and operational assistance to governments in relation to air passenger data at the national or international level is required.

Project/programme management experience is required

Work experience in or with a passenger information unit or a counter-trafficking unit at an international airport is desirable.

Working experience in developing countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language, particularly French, Arabic or Spanish, is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.

Special Notice

This temporary position is available until 31 December 2022. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration is subject to availability of the post and funding.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Dakar is classified in the A category (family duty station).

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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