Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Consultant (Cybercrime)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: BANGKOK; VIENNA;
Posting Period: 25 April 2023 - 07 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-204681-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UNODC intends to conduct a cybercrime assessment in Melanesian Member States (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu). The assessment will include an in-depth analysis of the existing legislative, regulatory, and institutional frameworks, as well as stakeholder mapping, and an evaluation of technical capacity.

The assessment will be supplemented by the development of a capacity assessment questionnaire that will map the existing stakeholders, and identify key strengths and capacities, and technical assistance needs. It will consider the organizational structure (internal policies, arrangements, procedures, and frameworks), as well as individual skills (technical knowledge and experience). The findings of this assessment will serve as a baseline to monitor and evaluate progress, as well as inform policy development. The capacity assessment will be used as a reference document to develop a comprehensive capacity-building program that effectively addresses identified gaps.

Under the supervision of the Regional Cybercrime Programme Coordinator and in close coordination with the Cybercrime Programme Officer, the consultant will develop a series of activities including:

- Carry out a desk review and draft a customized questionnaire for each of the four countries (Fiji, Vanuatu, Salomon Island and Papa New-Guinea);
- Attend meetings, workshops, and expert group meeting on cybercrime related topics with government officials including law enforcement agencies, prosecution, judges, policy makers, financial intelligence units, anti-money laundering, central banks, academia, and civil society according to the project framework.
- Draft and finalize the Cybercrime assessment document in the Pacific countries to support government authorities and law enforcement agencies addressing risks associated with cybercrime.
- Conduct a detailed assessment (on a country-by-country basis on the current legislation on cybercrime, data protection, cryptocurrencies and how they compare to the international standards and recommendations.
- Draft thematic chapters (in English) built around the principal issues of consideration, which, among others, should include:
• Governance and policy
• Legislation/legal framework
• Capacity of criminal justice authorities
• International cooperation and effective inter-agency cooperation
• Cybercrime/cybersecurity stakeholder mapping
• Thematic chapters which include maps, tables, charts, footnotes, etc. The thematic chapters will be agreed with UNODC in the begging of the consultancy
• Key findings, Recommendations and Conclusion
• Bibliography
• Annexes
- Development of questions for each topic mentioned above.
- All expertise provided must be supported with related documentation (publications and other relevant materials, including typologies reports, and online and printed resources), as well as a clear indication of sources materials.
- Review and use research publications and reports relevant to the thematic.
- Review and analyze information, data provided by UNODC and counterparts.
- Include and develop maps, diagrams, and charters, when applicable.
- Ensure the use of footnotes and references according to the APA guidelines.

Note 1: the consultant must clearly highlight any information which the originator has not allowed to be placed in the public domain.

For the assessment´s approach:
• The assessment must be guided by the regulation within the Pacific countries (Fiji, Vanuatu, Salomon Island and Papa New-Guinea), with a regional approach.
• The regulatory framework, capacity of criminal justice authorities, international cooperation and effective inter-agency cooperation and cybercrime/cybersecurity stakeholder mapping must be described and analyzed on a country-by-country basis mapping.
• Include the information gaps and or the identification of sourcing-chain discrepancies. Either in a regional, country or threat level.

Note: the assessment must be approximately 30-35 pages long.

• The incumbent shall be responsible for planning feasible deadlines, agreed previously by the Regional Cybercrime Programme Coordinator. All the materials and notes should be handed over to UNODC along with mission reports.

Work Location

Home-based with travel as required.

Estimated Travel dates:
Fiji – 03 – 07 July 2023¿¿
Solomons Island – 10 – 14 July 2023¿
Vanuatu– 17 – 21 July 2023¿¿
Papua New Guinea – 24 – 28 July 2023¿

Expected duration

22 May - 31 December 2023 (60 working days)

Duties and Responsibilities

This project aims to address the rise of cybercrime in all its forms and effects on the public and governments in the Melanesia sub-region. The project is designed to provide a comprehensive national and regional response to cybercrime, through legal, technical, and cooperation frameworks, and improve cyber resilience and capacity for criminal justice authorities. The project aligns with the UN commitment on respect to human rights.

The adoption of an adequate institutional and legislative framework and the improving of the capacity of criminal justice authorities to investigate at the national and regional levels is the priority and a means to an effective cybercrime control regime and the basis of an efficient criminal justice response. Elements required as, including criminalization, procedural powers, jurisdiction, international cooperation, and liability of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The legislative and policy analysis component will be the first pillar of cybercrime work to address the above-mentioned phenomena.

Qualifications/special skills


• An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal justice, criminology, law, political science, management or other related fields is required. A first-level university degree in the aforementioned fields in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Formal qualifications or certifications from a recognised national or international customs authority, police academy, or military-training institution, supplemented by specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, or law enforcement, in combination with four (4) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the first level university degree.


• A minimum of 7 years of relevant progressively professional experience in the field of expert advising in various aspects of cybercrime for government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and/or in the private sector for prevention and compliance is required.
• Excellent analytical skills, and experience in drafting guidelines and/or training materials on cybercrime are required.
• Proven ability to conduct legal and other research, analysis and drafting is required.
• Previous experience gained from consultancy work for similar projects, particularly regarding research to public policies is an advantage.
• Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.
• Knowledge of international anti-money laundering and anti-cybercrime policies and standards is desirable.
• Experience gained from work for the United Nations and/or other international organizations is desirable.


• Excellent organizational skills.
• Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
• Attention to details and the ability to deal diplomatically with high performance standards.
• Ability to plan and manage specific deadlines.


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


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