Associate Organized Crime Officer
Application deadline 6 months ago: Sunday 7 Aug 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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Throughout the Pacific region, the natural resource sector has been found vulnerable to corruption, including fisheries throughout the Pacific and forestry in PNG and Solomon Islands . The Pacific is a transit route and, increasingly, the destination for the illicit movement of drugs and other types of illicit trafficking, such as human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Corruption, at various degrees, is intrinsically linked to these crimes. Many PICs are lacking accurate data on the extent of emerging crime threats and they lack the institutional capacity to address them. While PICs’ financial and banking infrastructure is still developing, weak regulations and regulatory oversight, coupled with the presence of business service providers and offshore banking services, pose a unique opportunity for transnational organized crime to launder their proceeds of crime, including of corruption. Overall, corruption undermines rules-based order and the effectiveness of public institutions in delivering public services and addressing development challenge
As global geopolitical tensions continue to manifest themselves in the Pacific, it is now more important than ever to understand the criminal landscape that PICs face and put in place measures that will effectively protect this region. The importance of such initiatives has been recognized by Pacific Leaders and international partners, and it is well reflected in the Boe Declaration and its Action Plan. Recognizing the importance to present a united front, in September 2021, during the Micronesian President’s Summit, the Naoero Communique on strengthened cooperation on several areas related to regional security resulting from climate change and sea-level rise, transnational crime, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing was endorsed. The Micronesian Presidents agreed to develop a subregional strategy to address these issues to ensure the continued security and safety of the Micronesian peoples into the future.
This UNV assignment is part of a UNODC programme on transnational organized crime, with specific focus on Micronesian countries. Through this programme, UNODC is extending its support to the Micronesia State and to the Secretariat of the Micronesian President’s Summit for the development, amongst others, of the sub-regional strategy against transnational crime and maritime security, and in continuing anti-corruption efforts at the sub-regional level. This programme builds on these pre-existing commitments, seeking to fill gaps in understanding and to promote rules-based order using the framework provided by the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC and its Protocols) and the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The UNV would also help delivering UNODC’s internationally-recognized expertise to address a critical shortage in technical capacity.
Under the direct co-supervision of the UNODC Researcher Officer and the Regional anti-corruption Adviser, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: § Maintain a current knowledge of social, economic and political developments in all matters related to transnational organized crime and security matters at both regional and national levels; § Support and lead as required the interaction with governments and (sub-)regional organizations in Micronesia on security matters; § Support the development of regional, sub-regional and national strategies and roadmaps in the Pacific aimed at implementing key international commitments on security and counter-crime matters (e.g. Boe Declaration), § Support the development of the sub-regional strategy against transnational crime and maritime security; § Support the implementation of the Teieniwa vision action plan on anti-corruption and the implementation of the recommendations of the UNCAC first and cycle review; § Support the accession and implementation of related legislation, policies and capacities in line with the UNTOC and its Protocols and the UNCAC; § Support capacity-building initiatives on a wide range of crime areas, e.g. drug trafficking, wildlife crime, timber trafficking, migrant smuggling, anti-corruption, cybercrime, money laundering, etc. and identifying and providing necessary expertise while doing so.
☒ Building Trust ☒ Communication ☒ Judgement and Decision-making ☒ Knowledge Sharing ☒ Working in Teams
the areas of rule of law, governance, international affairs, criminology and/or criminal justice, including illicit drugs, migrant smuggling and/or human trafficking. • Experience with the administration of development programmes, including planning, budgeting, monitoring, reporting is desirable; • Experience developing training materials, and related advocacy and communications tools; • Ability to effectively facilitate roundtables, workshops, and focus group discussions with community members, law enforcement officers and government officials; • Previous experience with UN preferred and strong knowledge of UNODC mandated areas and rules and procedures is desirable; • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
The Federated States of Micronesia ( FSM), often referred to as Micronesia, is an island country in Oceania. It consists of four states – from west to east, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. Each of the four states is centered on one or more main high islands, and all but Kosrae include numerous outlying atolls. As a federal republic, each state not only has its own distinct history, culture, geography and language, it is also governed through a State Government linked to the Federal Government. The total population of FSM is around 110,000, with 35,000 living on Pohnpei.
FSM enjoys year-round daily tropical temperatures of between 25-29 degrees with generally high humidity, and monsoon type rainfall on a near daily basis. There is a moderate risk of tropical storms and severe weather events. Pohnpei, and FSM more generally, is a natural paradise covered in rainforest and surrounded by lagoons and the Pacific Ocean.
FSM is a hardship duty station level C, thus it is important to be flexible and open-minded as the conditions are relatively basic. The country has remained COVID-19 free throughout the pandemic and is only just opening up with flights and travel returning to normal by August 2022. There are several health care centres and a main hospital, where basic health care is provided.
There is a functioning international postal service and there are two main supermarkets on island, and two electronics stores. There is a small number of diners and several hotels and resorts available for on island tourism. All other types of of goods need to be purchased via mail order. Amazon delivers to FSM. Accommodation ranges from one-bedroom apartments to small houses, both furnished and unfurnished. These are modest but all amenities are provided, but flexibility is required. Public transport in the form of taxis is cheap and reliable, depending on how directly you need to get to your destination as most taxis are group taxis.
Most recreational activities are centred on outdoor activities and sports. Diving, snorkelling, fishing and sailing, as well as hiking are amongst the most popular leisure pursuits. In Kolonia there are several tennis courts and a public swimming pool. With some excellent tennis instructors being available, tennis is a also a very popular leisure activity amongst all. There are also two gyms and several running tracks/ location, and fitness classes are available.