Consultant (Legal research on environmental crimes)
Result of Service
Expected tangible and measurable output(s)/deliverable(s):
(Tangible and measurable outputs, objectives and targets of the work assignment, as well as specific activities to achieve the required outputs and targets. As per ST/AI/2013/4, Section 3.2 (a))
1) At least 40 relevant cases from different regions are identified and summaries are drafted for SHERLOC knowledge management portal using case template submitted;
2) Preparation of, participation in and facilitation of the EGM for the validation of the Legislative Guide on Waste Trafficking to be held in the spring 2021, particularly for the collection of relevant cases from experts;
3) Relevant inputs are provided thoughout the process of development of the Legislative Guide on Waste Trafficking.
Home-based, additional travel to Vienna if and when required.
141 working days.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Background of the assignment:
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will carry out a project focused on the operational implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) to prevent and combat environmental crime in its various forms and manifestations, including waste trafficking, illegal mining, timber trafficking and illegal fishing. As part of this, UNODC will develop a Legislative Guide on Waste Trafficking, intended to support States in enacting or strengthening domestic legislation to prevent and combat illicit waste trafficking, a lucrative market for organized criminal groups. In the future, UNODC plans to develop similar guides also on related topics, including illegal mining, timber trafficking and illegal fishing.
To this end, the Conference Support Section (CSS) of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of UNODC is looking for a consultant to carry out the necessary legal research to pave the way for the development of such guides and support the Section in the development of the Legislative Guide on Waste Trafficking. The cases identified and analysed will be global in scope and, as far as possible, should equitably represent different geographical regions and legal systems.
Cases will be obtained through UNODC’s existing pool of resources on the SHERLOC case law database; desk research performed by the consultant; and solicitation of cases from experts, including those attending an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to be held in the spring 2021, as well as member States. Cases found during research that are not yet on SHERLOC’s case law database will also be developed into summaries for upload to SHERLOC.
2. Purpose of the assignment:
The purpose of the assignment is to identify and analyse relevant cases and legislation on waste trafficking, illegal mining, timber trafficking and illegal fishing for inclusion in UNODC legislative guides and SHERLOC’s databases. The consultant will also support CSS/OCB in the development of the Legislative Guide on Waste Trafficking, including the organization of an EGM for its validation.
3. Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant:
Under the overall guidance of the OCB/CSS Chief, and the direct supervision of Ms. Riikka Puttonen, UNODC Programme Manager, and Ms. Flavia Romiti, UNODC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, the consultant will perform the following specific tasks:
1) Produce an analysis and summaries of relevant cases on waste trafficking, illegal mining, timber trafficking and illegal fishing for upload to SHERLOC’s caselaw database using a template provided by UNODC;
2) Provide relevant inputs on the Legislative Guide on Waste Trafficking throughout the process of development, including support for the organization of the EGM for its validation;
In performing these tasks, the consultant will work in close coordination with the expert consultant hired for the development of the Legislative Guide on Waste Trafficking.
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in international management, international relations, social science law, political science, international law, criminal law, criminology or 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.
• A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in legal research, preferably in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice, including on environmental crimes, is required;
• Knowledge of organized crime is required;
• Knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime is desirable;
• Experience in drafting legal analyses is desirable;
• Previous experience with Website content management systems is desirable;
• Experience working in international organizations is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.