Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant: Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Training Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: PRETORIA
Posting Period: 08 April 2022 - 20 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-178981-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A. Support the establishment and development of a training plan for SADC Countries.

B. Provide legislation support in the strengthening of legislative frameworks on combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in selected SADC member states (s) working in consultation with the Legal Expert consultants.


C. Undertake training for various audiences including media, communities, first responders, social services and criminal justice practitioners in Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and other SADC Countries.

D. Submit a final output oriented report.

Work Location

Home based with travel to the Southern African Region.

Expected duration

67 working days.
1 May – 30 September 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background of the assignment

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) implements a Regional Programme aimed at combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. This project is run under collaboration with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Secretariat. Under an EU funded Southern Africa Migration Management (SAMM) project which is a model of a ONE-UN approach collaborative effort between 4 UN development and humanitarian agencies: the ILO, the IOM, UNODC and UNHCR, whose
overall objective is to improve migration management in the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports Member States in domesticating the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both protocols supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

Trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants are distinct crimes. The lines between the two may often be blurred though especially when they occur in mixed migration flows. A person may start their journey as an asylum seeker, for example, before seeking the help of smugglers and then being exploited as a victim of trafficking, while in need of refugee protection. According to the SADC regional statistical report (2004-2016), approximately 1,217 victims of TIP were officially reported to law enforcement agencies in the SADC region during the period 2004- 2016/7. It is believed that this is just a small proportion of cases of trafficking in persons as a number of cases are not identified and therefore, not reported. This is largely because of the complex and hidden nature of the crime. There are also cases where victims are rescued but are not interested in cooperating with law enforcement for purposes of investigation and prosecution of the offence.
The Programme also just launched the Trafficking in Persons Case Digest, which is a compendium of cases from the Region. This will require dissemination, through trainings, to Criminal Justice Practitioners.

In that regard, UNODC requires the services of a consultant to support multi-disciplinary trainings for criminal justice practitioners in the SADC Region.


2. Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to support the delivery of multi-disciplinary anti-trafficking in persons and anti-smuggling of migrants’ trainings in selected SADC member states on victim centered investigations, prosecutions and adjudication through provision of training expertise, as well as providing technical legislation support in strengthening legislations on combating TIP and SOM in the SADC region.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, 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, crime prevention, criminal investigation, 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. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.
Experience: - A minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience in work, legislative drafting, national strategy and policy development or research in the area of serious and organized crime, human rights law or criminal law, including through direct work with multi-stakeholders bodies at national level is required;
- Proven experience in delivering workshops to develop legislation, policy, national strategies and action plans, as well as facilitation of high-level multi-stakeholder processes is desirable;
- Very strong knowledge of local, regional and global human trafficking developments is desirable;
- Previous experience working with UN and/or Government entities is desirable;
Competency: - Excellent legislative drafting or analysis, strategic planning, and presentation skills is desirable;
Language: - English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in oral and written English and Portuguese is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations Secretariat language is desirable.

No Fee

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