ICCWC Support Officer
Application deadline 2 months ago: Sunday 4 Dec 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
Result of Service Efficient, timely, responsive, result-driven and high-quality services rendered to the CITES Secretariat and its partners in ICCWC to:
¿Effectively support ICCWC Strategic Programme and ICCWC Vision and Strategic Action Plan 2023-2023 implementation. ¿Ensure proactive communication and liaison with ICCWC partners on all assigned tasks. ¿Effectively support the implementation of CITES-led activities under the ICCWC Strategic Programme and of relevant partner activities. ¿Timely drafting, review, preparation and/or coordination of relevant documentation (minutes, reports, briefing papers, information documents, etc. ¿Support the work of the ICCWC SEG and TEG, including the implementation of their decisions and follow up as appropriate in accordance with the assigned tasks. ¿Support the review, updating, and maintenance of the ICCWC website.
Work Location Homebased
Expected duration 4 months ( 2 January 2023 – 1 May 2023) with a possibility of short term extension.
Duties and Responsibilities The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival (www.cites.org). The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP and is located at the Geneva duty station.
The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) is the collaborative effort of the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank Group (WBG) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). Its aim is to strengthen criminal justice systems and provide coordinated support at national, regional and international level to combat wildlife and forest crime. The CITES Secretariat Chairs the Consortium (https://cites.org/eng/prog/iccwc.php).
The main objective of the consultancy is to support the final stages of the implementation of activities related to the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme and the inception phase of the ICCWC Vision 2030 and the implementation of related CITES Resolutions and Decisions through ICCWC.
This assignment is part of the CITES Secretariat’s work and role as the Chair of the ICCWC. The role will require cooperation and collaboration with relevant units of the CITES Secretariat and active coordination and liaison with ICCWC partner agencies in support of the implementation of activities. The consultant will support the work of the ICCWC Senior Experts Group (SEG) and Technical Experts Group (TEG), under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Enforcement Unit (ENF).
Under the supervision, and day to day management of the ICCWC Coordinator, the ICCWC Support officer will:
¿Draft and prepare documents and reports for the successful implementation of activities under the ICCWC Strategic Programme. ¿Liaise with ICCWC partners (INTERPOL, UNODC, WBG and WCO), and Parties, as appropriate. ¿Assist in the preparation of briefing papers, information documents and documentation on ICCWC for the 77th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC77). ¿Review and provide technical input to relevant reports (e.g. reports on the implementation of the ICCWC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit, ect.). ¿Support the development of ICCWC Roadmaps and CITES-led activities to be delivered in collaboration with ICCWC partner agencies (e.g. Big Cats Task Force meeting, Central and West Africa decisions coordination and delivery, etc). ¿Provide technical input and where appropriate, support or participate in relevant ICCWC activities led by partner organizations. ¿Preparation and distribution of documents as may be required prior to and after ICCWC related meetings. ¿Participate in conference calls of the ICCWC Senior Experts Group (SEG) and Technical Expert Group (TEG), compile notes, prepare minutes, and provide support to relevant follow up activities as required. ¿Support the ICCWC Coordinator with the inception phase of the ICCWC Vision 2030 and the ICCWC Strategic Action Plan for 2023-2026. ¿Support the ICCWC Coordinator with the preparation of agreements and arrangements for relevant events and activities of the CITES Secretariat. ¿Prepare, review and update, as appropriate, presentations and other materials on ICCWC (e.g. hand-outs, leaflets, etc.), to be used during workshops and meetings. ¿Support the ICCWC Coordinator with various tasks as required, including drafting, reviewing, or coordinating input on various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. ¿Participate or coordinate participation to relevant webinars, workshops, seminars, on assigned topics/activities, including provision of technical support and training to government officials and other parties and drafting summaries, etc. ¿Prepare and update ICCWC visibility materials and supports the implementation of the ICCWC Communications and Visibility Strategy. ¿Support the review, update and maintenance of the ICCWC webpage. ¿Perform other duties as required by the CITES Secretary-General, the Chief of the Enforcement Unit or the ICCWC Coordinator.
Qualifications/special skills Academic Qualifications:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social and environmental science, criminal law, criminology, international criminology, environmental or wildlife law, law enforcement or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of Five years (5) of progressively responsible experience in the field of environmental or wildlife law, law enforcement or environmental science is required. Good knowledge and understanding of the work of CITES or similar organization, knowledge of wildlife crime in relation to compliance and enforcement matters is required. Knowledge of initiatives and activities of ICCWC or similar partner agencies is required. Good knowledge and understanding of wildlife crime challenges at the national and international level.
Languages English, French and Spanish are the languages of the CITES Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French or Spanish or any other UN language would be an advantage.
No Fee THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.