Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant (Chemical Waste Expert)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 05 October 2022 - 13 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-190579-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will produce following output/ deliverable:

• Following a detailed analysis on the current situation of chemical waste and its associated consequences in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the consultant will be delivering a comprehensive pocket guide on chemical waste for frontline officers in the region, that defines, outlines, and suggests guidelines for chemical waste investigations.


Outputs will be delivered under the following guideline:

Document Design: A centralized report design process is used for all documentation, including defined templates and formats. All materials must be submitted for review, adaptation and approval.

Information Management: The Border Management Team uses a range of information technology tools and services.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

1 November – 31 December 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of this assignment is to research, draft and review a pocket guide on chemical waste for frontline officers stationed in countries of the Mekong region.

Pocket guides are quick reference materials containing key information relating to illicit trafficking investigations. The Border Management Programme has produced a number of these guides with information about different crime types for use by frontline officers from counterpart law enforcement agencies. While a first version of the guide was developed, the programme established that this version was not relevant anymore, for laws and regulations surrounding chemical waste are in constant evolution and this version is now obsolete.

The guide developed through this consultancy will give frontline officers a reference point when addressing questions linked to chemical waste in the region, offering simple but effective guidelines to questions such as:

• What is the international legal framework relating to chemical waste?
• What do different national legislations bring forward in terms of chemical waste?
• How to effectively investigate chemical waste crimes? What are symbols, words or other marks on the drum or container indicating that the contents are hazardous i.e. radioactive, explosive, corrosive, toxic and flammable? What are signs of deterioration (corrosion, rust and leaks)?
• What are proper sources of information on chemical waste?
• What role does internet play in the smuggling of chemical waste?
• How to go about risk profiling of chemical waste shipments?
• How to identify and inspect chemical waste?
• What does the search kit look like?
• How to effectively secure evidence?
• What is the chain of custody in chemical waste?
• How to interview suspects?
• What do financial investigations in chemical waste look like?
• How to effectively share intelligence?
• What are rules and regulations surrounding the transport, storage and disposal of chemical waste?

Guides are published in a small 16 x 11 cm format, so they are easily carried by officers on patrol. The pocket guide will then be translated into several regional languages, including Bahasa, Burmese, Lao, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Under the supervision of the Regional Coordinator for the Border Management Programme, the consultancy will result in the following tasks:

1. Collect, through desk research and interviews of key stakeholders, as needed, and analyze information for the development of the pocket guide described in paragraph 2 above.
2. Prepare a detailed methodology approach and an outline/skeleton structure for the development of a pocket guide on chemical waste for frontline officers in the Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
3. Draft a guide for frontline officers to sensitize them to chemical waste, by putting forward rules, regulations, best practices etc. By the end of the consultancy, a detailed guide should allow frontline officers to be well-versed in the latest theoretical and practical solutions to address chemical waste under their jurisdiction.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security studies, with a focus on crime prevention and criminal justice. 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: • A minimum of 10 years of prior work experience in addressing chemical waste principles and characteristics and drafting reports on chemical waste and its management is required;

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing guides and materials in relation to chemical waste is required.

• Experience working in the Southeast Asia region with national governments or local civil society and in developing country context is required.

• Experience working with UN agencies, international institutions, law enforcement, the judiciary, military or other public security agencies is desirable.

• Computer literacy, including proficiency in document design (MS Word or Google Docs), databases maintenance (MS Excel or Google Sheets) and visual presentations (MS PowerPoint or other tools) is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, with excellent drafting and communication skills, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official 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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