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Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (Airports/Air Passenger Data)

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Job Description

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. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the Representative for West and Central Africa and the AIRCOP Global Coordinator, and the technical guidance of the Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Air passenger data) located at ROSEN in Dakar (Senegal).

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The Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Officer (Airports/Air passenger data) will be in charge of coordinating capacity-building activities on 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 Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in cooperation with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and UNODC. The incumbent will plan, coordinate and provide substantive technical assistance, expertise and advice globally for all AIRCOP activities related to capacity-building on the use of API/PNR data for law enforcement purposes, in particular as they contribute to the UNOCT project.

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks: •Review current capacity-building needs of Member States in terms of API/PNR, in coordination with the Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Air passenger data).

•Contribute to the development of the overall strategy for the activities to be delivered as part of the component on capacity-building on the use and Analysis of API/PNR data for law enforcement purposes under the UNOCT project, in liaison with UNOCT and CTED and in coordination with the Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Air passenger data) at ROSEN.

•Plan and organize capacity-building activities to be implemented as part of the overall strategy on the use and analysis of API/PNR data for law enforcement purposes, including detailed workplans, estimated budget and identification of experts (trainers/mentors).

•Deliver capacity-building assistance on specialized aspects of the use and analysis of API/PNR for law enforcement purposes to governments, in particular staff of Passenger Information Unit (PIUs) as well as other relevant law enforcement agencies and entities, with the support of relevant experts in specialized areas including training, on-the-job mentoring and train-the-trainer training.

•Organize exchange visits with Member States that already have functional and operational PIUs and facilitate short-term deployment of experts to newly established PIUs.

•Organize sessions to facilitate an exchange of best practices and lessons learned among Member States.

•Initiate, develop, coordinate or contribute to training curricula and training materials to support and sustain programme/project goals and outputs. Identify possible e-learning tools on related issues, and provide training on the use of such tools.

•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 UNOCT, CTED, ICAO, OICT, INTERPOL and the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) with a view to facilitate the delivery of activities.

•Monitor and analyze the implementation of the activities. 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, manuals, toolkits, guides etc.

•Provide regular reports to UNODC, UNOCT 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 UNOCT project.

•Monitor developments related to capacity-building in relation 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 knowledge and understanding of UNODC and UN mandates, including law enforcement, Border Management, crime, illicit drugs and terrorism prevention. Has knowledge and understanding of concepts, policies and practices relevant to law enforcement and border control, in particular from a capacity-building perspective, including the collection and use of Advance Passenger Information and Passenger Name Record. Has conceptual and analytical skills to develop capacity-building activities in the relevant field. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plans own work and manages conflicting priorities. 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.

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.

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.


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 in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience within national and/or international institutions in the fields of law enforcement, border management, counter-terrorism, drug and/or Crime Prevention and control is required.

Experience in developing and implementing capacity-building activities in relevant field at the national or international level is required.

Work experience in or with a counter-trafficking unit, a Passenger Information Unit or a Targeting Center at an international airport is desirable.

Work experience in developing countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language 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 the 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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

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