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  • Organization: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location: Dakar
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Legal - Broad
    • Criminology, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-19

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Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Air Passenger Data)

Dakar (Senegal)

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. Under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative for West and Central Africa and the AIRCOP Global Coordinator, the Law Enforcement expert (Airports/Air passenger data) will be in charge of coordinating activities related to advance passenger information (API) and passenger name record (PNR) under the project “Establishment of real-time operational communication between international airports” (AIRCOP). These activities will contribute to the umbrella project “Building the capacity of member states to prevent, detect and investigate terrorist offenses and related travel by using API and PNR” which will be implemented by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in cooperation with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT) and UNODC.

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The Law Enforcement Expert will plan, coordinate, lead and provide substantive technical assistance, expertise and advice for all AIRCOP activities related to API/PNR data, in particular as they contribute to the UNCCT project “Building the capacity of member states to prevent, detect and investigate terrorist offenses and related travel by API and PNR”.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

•Participate in the assessment, analysis and selection of priority countries in which the UNCCT project will be implemented, under the lead of CTED and in consultation with ICAO, UNCCT and UNODC/Terrorism Prevention Branch; Review specifically current institutional set-up and capacity-building needs of priority countries in terms of API/PNR, in coordination with the Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (P3);

•Conceptualize the overall strategy for the activities to be delivered as part of the component on institutional set-up and capacity-building on the use of API/PNR data under the UNCCT project, in liaison with UNCCT and CTED and in coordination with the Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (Airports/Air passenger data) (P3);

•Plan and organise activities (awareness raising, advisory services and operational assistance) to be implemented as part of the overall strategy on the institutional set-up and capacity-building related to the use of API/PNR data, including detailed workplans and estimated budget, in coordination with the Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (Airports/Air passenger data) (P3);

•Provide advisory services (including good practices) and operational assistance to governments, in particular law enforcement agencies and entities, for the establishment and operationalisation of Passenger Information Unit (PIUs) in priority countries, in close cooperation with partners;

•Guide the AIRCOP Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (P3) in implementing capacity-building activities supporting the operationalisation of API/PNR systems in priority countries, as well as experts, consultants and contractors contributing to the delivery of activities;

•Coordinate the implementation of relevant activities with AIRCOP Regional Coordinators in Africa, the Middle East and other regions as required, in particular when liaising with national authorities; Liaise and coordinate with UNCCT/UNOCT, CTED, ICAO, OICT and UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch with a view to facilitate the delivery of activities;

•Oversee the implementation of the logistical aspects of all activities; monitor and analyse implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions;

•Prepare all correspondence linked to the implementation of the activities and follow up on them; organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy proposals and documents, studies, summary reports, etc;

•Provide regular reports to UNODC, UNCCT and relevant stakeholders on advancement of work, implementation status, delivery and results; Contribute relevant elements to any substantive and narrative documents required by the implementation of the AIRCOP project and the UNCCT project;

•Monitor developments related to API/PNR globally, in the priority countries and in the regions covered by AIRCOP;

•When required, represent UNODC at relevant regional or international events in matters related to API/PNR;

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has solid knowledge and understanding of UNODC and UN mandates, including law enforcement, border management, crime, illicit drugs and terrorism prevention. Has knowledge and understanding of policies and sound practices relevant to law enforcement and border control, including the collection and use of Advanced Passenger Information and Passenger Name Record. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment and develop strategies in the relevant field. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, law, business administration, management or a related field 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 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in national and/or international institutions in the fields of law enforcement, investigation, police, counter-terrorism, drug and/or crime prevention and control is required. Experience in providing advisory services and operational assistance to governments in relevant fields at the national or international level is required. Project/programme management experience is required. Working experience in or with a counter-trafficking unit at an international airport is desirable. Working experience in developing countries is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French, Arabic or Spanish is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• Dakar is classified in the A category (family duty station).

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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