Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the UNODC Country Office in Colombia (COCOL) with duty station in Bogota, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work within the Global Programme for Strengthening the Capacities of Member States to Prevent and Combat (transnational) Organized and Serious Crime (GPTOC), under the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Adviser (Prosecution of Organized/Forestry Related Crime) will report to the UNODC Representative for Colombia (COCOL) as first reporting officer and to the Senior Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer heading the Global Programme against (transnational) Organized and Serious Crime, as additional reporting officer.
Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
- Support the activities under the Law Enforcement Assistance Programme (LEAP) to Combat Deforestation relating to the investigation/prosecution of organized/serious crime connected to trafficking in forestry/timber in Colombia and Latin America, including support to develop and implement national strategies and coordination mechanisms pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of organized forestry related crime;
- Collect and assess information on the challenges and good practices in the investigation and prosecution of organized/forestry related crime in Colombia and Latin America, including on its corruption/financial crime/criminal proceeds aspects and on regional and international cooperation and identify the shortcomings in the investigation and prosecution processes or the legal frameworks of crimes related to deforestation at the local and regional levels;
- Provide advice, mentoring and training to support the prosecution of forestry related crime, which may include: complex/financial crime, corruption, money laundering, use of conspiracy, and the use of relevant criminal law and forestry crime related legislation to prosecutors, law enforcement, environmental/forestry officials or other relevant officials;
- Support the development of and provide advice, mentoring and training to forestry crime inter-agency task forces;
- Provide support, advice and training to the central and competent authority for mutual legal assistance for organized and forestry related crime and facilitate cooperation between central and competent authorities of different jurisdictions and share information with networks for judicial and law enforcement cooperation;
- In collaboration with national and LEAP project partners, provide advice, mentoring and training for prosecutor and other practitioners on the freezing andconfiscation of criminal assets;
- In collaboration with national and LEAP project partners, provide advice, information and support as required to non-governmental, regional and international organizations working on deforestation/forestry/environmental crime;
- Contribute to the implementation of the UNODC country programme and support delivery of other UNODC projects related to prosecution of complex serious crime;
- Perform other work-related duties as may be required.
- Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to combating and prosecuting organized and serious crime, illicit trafficking, and other related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, judiciary, prosecution, human trafficking, organized crime, financial crime and related areas. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Demonstrates ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Is able to produce legal reviews, reports and papers on integrated programmatic issues and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Demonstrates confidentiality and diplomacy. Demonstrates sensitivity to the diverse needs of those in a multi-cultural environment. Is able to work with a small team of professional staff and with a flexible approach. Is willing to assist with a variety of other tasks. 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.
- Planning & Organizing: Ability to set priorities and successfully work with minimal supervision to meet deadlines, produce cogent reports and organise extensive detailed information in a systematic and timely manner; excellent organisational skills; a demonstrated high level of initiative; and the ability to be proactive in seeking to develop new areas of work within identified objectives and strategies;
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualified experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in prosecutions/investigations, a part of which is related to any of the following: organized or serious crime, environmental crime, money laundering and financial flows, corruption and international cooperation in criminal matters, is required.
- Experience in providing advice, mentoring, training, and/or operational support to customs, financial intelligence, law enforcement and prosecutors on issues pertaining to organized and serious crime, environmental crime, money laundering and financial flows, corruption or international cooperation in criminal matters, is desirable.
- Experience in the preparation of legal briefs/court documents necessary for investigations/ prosecutions, such as, search warrants, applications for wiretap authorizations, applications for freezing/seizure of criminal assets, requests for mutual legal assistance etc., is desirable.
- Experience in technical cooperation projects is desirable.
- Experience in reviewing, providing advice or drafting laws or regulations pertaining to organized or serious crime, environmental crime, money laundering and financial flows, corruption and international cooperation in criminal matters, is desirable.
- Prior work experience in Latin America is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
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