Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 02 February 2023 - 11 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-201007-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Timely completion of two substantive reports evidenced by:
¿ The submission of the results of preliminary research including the following:
o Results of the desk research and data collection and analysis including:
¿ Documented security threats in the region (including terrorism financing, illicit financial flows, etc) and links to wildlife and forest crimes
¿ Modus operandi of wildlife trafficking in East Africa
¿ MLA requests sent/received by authorities in East Africa related to wildlife/timber/fisheries & practitioner use of MLA Guidance’s
¿ Connect with relevant members of regional bodies for mutual legal assistance related information
¿ Update organized crime structures for the region through interviews with key interagency and intelligence bodies
o An outline of the final report
¿ The submission of a Regional Report on threats and Cooperation in the field of wildlife and forest crimes
o Executive summary outlining key findings
o Mutual Legal Assistance data collected and analyzed from relevant authorities
o Organized Crime Structures in ROEA
o Case Studies outlining key cases in the region (furthering the 2016 Case digest by Kenya Wildlife Service)
o Outcomes including international cooperation efforts undertaken by the Global Programme to support and inform future interventions
¿ The submission of the results of preliminary results including:
o Background desk review and analysis of data obtained remotely
o Depending on the design plan approved, (whether this will assess both process and impact) schedule necessary in-person data collection (possibly interviews, surveys, and meetings)
¿ The submission of an evaluation report on the impact of the Rapid Reference Guide in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda including the following:
o Executive summary
o Background on RRG in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
o Methods employed to evaluate the RRG
o Summary of key findings
o Conclusions of RRG effectiveness/impact (dependent upon available data and design agreed upon)

Work Location

Home-based and travel to Eastern Africa

Expected duration


Duties and Responsibilities

Wildlife crime today is a serious and growing problem and comprises the fourth largest illegal trade after arms and drugs trafficking, and trafficking in human beings. Organized criminal networks are moving poached or illegally harvested wildlife and timber using a variety of smuggling techniques, often by means of existing infrastructures and well-developed routes used for the trafficking of drugs, people, weapons, counterfeit goods and other forms of contraband. Furthermore, it fosters corruption, robs communities of their natural resources, and impacts livelihoods and food security of local populations.
Some of the main problem areas faced in efforts to investigate and successfully prosecute wildlife, forest, and crimes in the fisheries sector and which are addressed in the project relate to inadequate capacity and resources, a lack of inter-agency and international cooperation both informally, and formally through Mutual Legal Assistance, and a lack of legislation or policy that adequately addresses the issues of crimes that affect the environment including other ancillary offences such as corruption, organized crime, and money laundering.

To address these challenges, UNODC’s Global Programme on Crimes that Affect the Environment (GPCAE) delivers a range of technical assistance activities within several thematic areas towards achieving the key project objective of strengthening capacity to prevent and combat wildlife, forest, and crimes in the fishery sector on a regional, national, and local basis. To strengthen international cooperation, GPCAE has supported several initiatives including the East African Association of Prosecutors meetings, strengthening of international cooperation in wildlife criminal matters in Eastern Africa workshop (held in 2020 in Nairobi) which supported the development of National Mutual Legal Assistance Guidance’s, and six Wildlife Inter-Regional Enforcement (WIRE) meetings, focused on cooperation between investigators, prosecutors, and their counterparts abroad. Information sharing and mutual legal assistance have been an integral part of these efforts, which supports the sharing of evidence for criminal cases to support the dismantling of organized crime networks.
To address the improvement of investigation and prosecution of wildlife/forest/fisheries cases in the region, GPCAE (with relevant National Authorities) developed the Rapid Reference Guides (RRG) or “Points to Prove” for investigators and prosecutors on wildlife, forest, and crimes in the fisheries sector. The initiative has been expanding across different regions and is an important tool in training and equipping practitioners with the information needed to successfully pursue a case involving crimes against the environment. An evaluation into the impact and effectiveness of the RRG is needed, focusing on Kenya as the first location the project and tool was developed and implemented. Understanding whether the RRGs is achieving its intended goal(s) will help inform donors, influence decision making, and provide evidence regarding further expansion of the tool.

Qualifications/special skills

An advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in criminal justice, criminology, law, political science, or other social sciences, including graduate level courses in research methods and evaluation is required. A first-level degree or equivalent, with two additional years of relevant working experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
¿ A minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience in areas/projects within the criminal justice area is required.
¿ Excellent research, analytical and drafting skills required.
¿ Ability to synthesize and clearly summarize large amounts of information into clear concise research reports required.
¿ Experience analyzing / organizing data / information /workshops related to Mutual Legal Assistance and the Rapid Reference Guides is desirable.
¿ Previous experience working with the GPCAE desirable.
Ability to generate reports and presentations that include graphs, maps, and tables desirable.
¿ Knowledge / experience working with international organizations and/or civil society organizations desirable.
¿ Experience working with Eastern African countries desirable.
Publications in the field of international cooperation and/or on wildlife/forest/fisheries crime is desirable


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

No Fee


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