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National Training Officer

Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-28

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Background

Sub-programme 1 (XAC/Z60) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Programme for Central Asia 2015-2020 (Countering transnational organised crime, illicit drug trafficking and preventing terrorism) provides the national law enforcement agencies in Central Asia with technical assistance through the activities in specific niche areas such as drug control strategies, intelligence analysis, counter narcotics investigations, multilateral operations, precursor controls, border liaison and management, customs profiling, smuggling of migrants, human trafficking, terrorism prevention and cybercrime. 
 
The Phase II of the component of “Countering trafficking of Afghan narcotics in Uzbekistan through establishment of Interagency Mobile Teams (IMT)” under the Sub-Programme 1 of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia for 2015-2021 was launched in February 2020. The activities are funded by the Government of Japan. The goal of the component is to enhance the operational capacities of the law enforcement agencies of Uzbekistan with the purpose of promoting a safe, healthy and secure society through increasing the number of IMTs from six to thirteen to cover all regions of Uzbekistan. 
 
Interagency Mobile Teams (IMTs) and Operation Coordination Team (OCT) in Uzbekistan consist of the officers from various beneficiary law enforcement agencies and work to counter trafficking of Afghan narcotics into and through Uzbekistan in close cooperation with existing units of the competent law enforcement agencies. Beneficiaries are the National Security Service, Ministry of Interior and State Customs Committee. National Information Analytical Centre on Drug Control will serve as the national coordinator. As an interim result of the activities six IMTs and one OCT were officially launched in June 2018. The Department on Combating Economic Crimes under the General Prosecutor’s Office also acts as a focal point for financial backtracking of significant cases to address money laundering issues.
Within the framework of the component, UNODC also actively supports efforts to mainstream gender considerations and adherence to human rights among law enforcement agencies. Furthermore, the component conducts wide range of trainings on identification of synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances; detecting drug caches in transit cargo; on usage of handheld identification devices; on countering money laundering and on financial investigation methods and others for the law enforcement officers, 43 IMT and 5 OCT officers in particular. 
 
The trainings should be conducted in selected regions of Uzbekistan where 13 IMT offices are located by the request of the national counterparts. Moreover, some of the trainings will be conducted in foreign countries at the premises of police academies or analytical-research institutes, including but not limited to the Turkish International Academy against Drugs and Organized Crime (TADOC), Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating the illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors (CARICC), Italian Central Directorate of Anti-Drug Services and others.  
 
The purpose of hiring the National Training Officer is to develop and deliver a comprehensive training plan for the Phase-III of the IMT project in close consultation with the National Program Coordinator, International Programme Coordinator of Sub-Program 1 and national counterparts. The incumbent is also expected to develop the training strategy of the IMT project; develop a database of professional experts and trainers in chosen topics; to develop the trainings modules and training agendas together with the experts/trainers; to deliver the comprehensive training programs for law enforcement when needed.
 
She/he is expected to have in depth knowledge and hands-on experience in effective training methods, practical techniques and how to apply adult learning principles in running the trainings for project beneficiaries. Training modules, to the possible extent, should be guided by the principles of human rights, gender equality and safeguard the rights of women and youth in line with international standards and norms.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Training Officer will work under the direct supervision of the National Program Coordinator of IMT project and overall supervision of the International Programme Coordinator of Sub-Program 1 and within assigned authority will be responsible for the following specific duties:

Planning of trainings:

•  Development of training plans and strategies for priority areas of the project that have significant training and/or capacity building components;

•  Propose and develop ‘fit-for-purpose’ training methodologies and approaches for priority areas of the project that have significant training and/or capacity building components;

•  Review existing training plans and methodologies and propose recommendations to improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency in line with broader capacity building objectives of UNODC;

•  Identify and apply creative combinations of learning approaches that enable the most effective means of imparting knowledge and skills unique to each training sessions including the use of classroom lectures, participatory approaches, group work, individual exercises, etc;

•  Identify and apply alternative and sustained learning approaches that can be utilized outside formal training sessions including Training of Trainers, peer-to-peer learning, on the-job-training;

•  Support the development and review of training materials;

•  Coordinate with relevant partners to ensure that training plans are suitable and flexible for the clients;

•  Apply contemporary and efficient teaching techniques, including principles of adult learning, managing the “difficult” students, effective communication and presentation skills.

Implementation of trainings:

•  Deliver the comprehensive training programs for law enforcement on selected topics as and when required;

•  Develop a database of professional experts and trainers;

•  In consultation with the National Program Coordinator, develop the trainings modules and training agendas;

•  Facilitate the training/workshop as per the project’s training plan;

•  Leads on drafting and contracts management of the service providers and consultants that are required to complete the trainings;

•  Provide assistance in organizing the trainings including logistics and technical support;

•  Ensure timely preparation of all supporting documents and administrative arrangements required to ensure the smooth delivery of the trainings.

Oversight of trainings and reporting:

•  In collaboration with the National Programme Coordinator, design and support the preparation of pre-training assessments, which account for trainees’ preferred learning methods, learning expectations, documenting baseline of skills/knowledge, among other factors that may influence the design and format of training/workshops implemented by UNODC;

•  In collaboration with the National Programme Coordinator, assist in the design and preparation of post-training assessments, which account for trainees’ satisfaction with training content, learning methodology, extent to which skills/knowledge were transferred, etc.;

•  Ensure efficient data and evidence collection from the trainings conducted for the project’s reports e.g. number of participants aggregated by gender, level of training etc.;

•  Draft the training and other related reports as required;

•  Take active part in and document the trainings in order to identify possible risks or gaps and areas of improvement;

•  Suggest, when appropriate, new strategies, methodologies, and tools for trainings.

Knowledge sharing:

•  Develop and present progress and lessons learnt at relevant key meetings;

Perform other duties that may be required by UNODC senior management.

 

Competencies

Core Values:

Professionalism: 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

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations, including impartiality, fairness, honesty and trustfulness, in daily activities and behavior. Resists undue political pressure in decision-making. Stands by decision that are in the Organization interests even if they are unpopular;

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats men and women equally. Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Core Competencies:

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibit interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. 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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs in line with agreed schedules, budgets and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures.

Planning and Organizing: Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identify the priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required; allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foreseen risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjust plans and actions as necessary; use time effectively.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

Bachelor’s degree in human, political and social sciences, law, economics, science & technology, public policy, public administration, education or relevant field is required.

Experience:

A minimum of three years of relevant work experience in the area of delivering and development of trainings for law enforcement, capacity building and/or teaching, including in training/workshop design and facilitation.

Language Requirements: 

Fluency in oral and written English, Uzbek and Russian.  

Computer skillls: 

Proficiency in current office software applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Others:

•Experience in delivering and development of capacity building programmes for law enforcement, including overseeing training programmes, training/workshop design, facilitation and related logistics.
•Knowledge of and ability to use diverse training methods and strategies;
•Excellent writing, presentation, facilitation and training skills;
•Experience in working with Uzbek government officials, public servants, including educators, lawyers, judges and police officers is an asset;
•Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, ability to work in a team and to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, initiative, client orientation, ethics and honesty;
Willingness to travel as appropriate.
 

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