Counter Terrorism Specialist

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

Assistance delivery at the field level is pursued under the substantive leadership of TPB (within the framework of a global project on “Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism”) and the operational leadership of the respective UNODC regional or country offices, as an integral component of UNODC’s respective regional and country programmes. For West Africa, this leadership is provided by the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa, headquartered in Dakar, Senegal (ROSEN). The scope of assistance provided has been broadening, with ever increasing attention being given to implementation assistance, as more countries have ratified more of the universal instruments. Special attention is given to assisting countries to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (resolution A/RES/60/288, adopted on 8 September 2006) and the relevant Security Council resolutions. Countries of the Sahel region (Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad) have been a major focus of assistance delivery over the last several years. Many of these countries face several crime and security challenges, intertwined with development challenges. They continue to require extensive assistance to undertake rule of law-based criminal justice responses to prevent and combat terrorism – an essential component of an effective counter-terrorism strategy. With respect to these countries, assistance activities are delivered as an integral component of the UNODC contribution to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (Sahel Programme). Through this regional programme, UNODC is seeking to support the Sahel countries in strengthening their operational capacity to investigate terrorism-related cases, working with law enforcement and prosecutors to prepare them to effectively investigate terrorist threats and terrorist acts within a rule-of-law framework.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Regional Coordinator Terrorism Prevention, the UN Volunteer Counter Terrorism Specialist will support in:

• Assisting in the designing and implementation of training activities in West and Central African countries, focusing on capacity-building efforts aimed at strengthening rule of law-based and human rights-compliant investigation, prosecution and analysis of terrorism-related cases and dynamics; • Analysing and identifying capacity-building needs of national entities and assist other staff members and consultants on training workshops and other relevant initiatives for prosecutorial/adjudicator capacity-building activities; and prepare and participate in national expert workshops, sub-regional/regional workshops, as determined in the team work plan; • Providing inputs for the preparation of reports, briefing notes, project concept notes, technical assistance tools, substantive publications and training materials pertaining to operational and rule of law-based criminal justice responses to terrorism, especially by carrying out related legal research and analysis, compilation and analysis of related substantive information and preparation of draft documents; • Strengthening internal and external communication on counter-terrorism programmes and activities in the Sahel, West and Central Africa through public presentations, and articles on social networks, UNODC website and other tools. Contributing to programme development, implementation, monitoring and reporting, especially by preparing related documents and undertaking tasks to support programme coordination and oversight. • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

• Professionalism: demonstrate understanding of operations relevant to UNODC; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNODC procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNODC in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;

in counter terrorism; Working on West Africa regions ; Experience working in the UN or other international organizations

The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Dakar, a family duty station (Hardship classification A) with missions to the region. Dakar is a liveable city. The spontaneous reception and hospitality of the Senegalese are among the characteristic features of this West African country. The living conditions in Dakar are good, as well as the access to health services. The yellow fever vaccine is compulsory. Vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. The basic drugs are available in pharmacies, but it is recommended to bring specific prescription drugs.

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