Job Opening

Posting Title: International Investigation Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 21 June 2022 - 03 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-184437-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the direct supervision of the UNODC designated staff, the consultant will be responsible for:

Deliverable A:

• Finetune and harmonise existing material in French, identify possible existing gaps, with the purpose of finalizing a fully-fledged training methodology and needed material for the activities in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
• In the DRC, the consultant will build on the first training and develop a training methodology and material. The consultant will be encouraged to adapt the material and methodology from the Sahel II project to the DRC, making sure to identify and include the different elements of the offences, which are likely to vary country by country. Liaise with the Project Manager in Kinshasa in order to understand the outcome of the first training and build on the work already done in the DRC to avoid overlapping and reproduction of work.

Deliverable B:

• Deliver 1 investigation training in Burkina Faso.
• Deliver 2 investigation trainings in the DRC.
• Deliver 1 investigation training in Mali.
• Deliver 1 investigation training in Niger.

All the trainings should be organised with the support of the UNODC staff based in Dakar and Kinshasa.

The consultant will carry out specific deliverables under the overall guidance of the UNODC project teams in Dakar, Kinshasa and Vienna, and with the direct supervision of the Senior Anti-Corruption Advisor based in Vienna. Regular and proactive contact with the supervising officer, and the team, to clarify questions during the process of work and/or to ask for interim clearance of individual parts of the work is expected.

Work Location

Home-based, with travel to the DRC, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger in September, October and November 2022

Expected duration

Proposed period:
15 July 2022 – 30 December 2022
Actual work time within this period:
44 working days

Duties and Responsibilities

Background of the assignment:

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the global leader in the fight against drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism, with widely recognized expertise and specialization on issues pertaining to international cooperation in criminal matters. As guardian of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and Secretariat to the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention, UNODC has the mandate to provide technical assistance to States parties to effectively implement the Convention. The normative framework provided by UNCAC serves as a backbone for its anti-corruption work. The consultant sought out by this opening would service two projects in West and Central Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo both funded by the Kingdom of Belgium.

The first, entitled “Strengthening the rule of law and fight against corruption in the Sahel region - Phase II”, is aimed at strengthening the rule of law and the fight against corruption in the Sahel region. Notably, it seeks to build national capacity to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate corruption cases. The second, entitled "Strengthening anti-corruption frameworks and addressing corruption related to biodiversity, climate change and peace and security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region", provides support to strengthen the anti-corruption efforts of the DRC and other countries of the Great Lakes region by enhancing the institutional capacity to prevent, investigate and prosecute corruption cases. It further aims to increase knowledge on corrupt practices driving deforestation and biodiversity loss, and related instability in the DRC and selected countries in the Great Lakes region, and, in this regard, supports cooperation and the sharing of information among countries in the region.

To date, UNODC has supported the development of three syllabi for training schools of magistrates in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Furthermore, the training material developed so far includes a set of power point presentations and lectures on financial investigations, mapping of public procurement risks, investigation methods using international cooperation and strategies to detect fraud in public procurement. The presentations are equipped with a practical case study encompassing lots of the content covered by the lectures.

Purpose of the assignment:

The project envisages to train investigators and magistrates from the anti-corruption authorities and the Specialized Judicial Chambers on Economic and Financial Crime in the abovementioned countries on the investigation of corruption and economic crime cases. The applicant will have to review the existing material to assess whether there are any clear gaps. Identified gaps would have to be pointed out to the project team along with recommendations on how and with what it would be beneficial to fill them. Contingent to the approval of the supervisor, the consultant would strengthen and harmonise the material, to subsequently use it to deliver one investigation training per country in Burking Faso, Mali and Niger.

In the DRC, the project’s aim is to support the newly established Agency for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption (APLC) in strengthening the capacity of its personnel to conduct investigations. Recently, the project completed its first investigation training for 50 analysists and investigators. The consultant will have to build on the first training and develop a training methodology and material. The consultant is encouraged to adapt the material from the Sahel II project for the DRC, identifying and including relevant national elements of specific offences, which are likely to vary from country to country.

With the strategic and management support from UNODC staff based in Dakar, Kinshasa and Vienna, the expert consultant will deliver a total of 5 investigation trainings in Burkina Faso, DRC (2x), Mali and Niger. The consultant will be required to travel to the mentioned countries in order to deliver the trainings in person. The trainings will have to be delivered in French.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:
• Capacity to work independently and with minimal supervision is required;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Academic Qualifications:
• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, economics, accounting or related field is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:
• At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in corruption-related investigation work is required;
• Experience in the provision of policy assistance is desirable;
• Experience in developing and delivering trainings to Law Enforcement Authorities, anti-corruption institutions and prosecution authorities is required;
• Experience of working with or consulting to the United Nations or other multi-lateral development agencies is desirable;
• Experience of working with countries in West and Central Africa is desirable.

Language:
• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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