The IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, Thailand provides guidance and technical expertise to IOM Country Offices in the Asia Pacific Region aspiring to expand their Immigration and Border Management (IBM) programming and to respective governmental counterparts to aspiring to improve their migration and border management systems, processes and capacities.
The Document Examination Support Center (DESC) Initiative is coordinated by the IBM unit, with the financial support of the Government of Canada and in close collaboration with document examination experts of immigration authorities in Asia and the Pacific. In coordination with IOM’s Country Offices, and in synergy with related projects, the DESC unit provides technical support in travel document examination and verification to immigration and border control officials in countries in the Asia and Pacific Region. The DESC Initiative’s activities are aimed at supporting governments to address irregular migration, including smuggling of migrants, human trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime within the context of regional trends on passport and identity frauds. Moreover, consolidated as part of the DESC Initiative, the ANDEX (Asian Network for Document Examination) was formally established as the regional information-sharing platform for document examination and verification experts of the DESC countries.
The DESC unit also provides the document examination experts and immigration authorities in the region with a wide range of capacity support, which includes delivering training on various IBM topics, including passport examination procedures, providing ad hoc travel document verification within the Asian Network for Document Examination (ANDEX), developing secondary level document verification software, supporting the development of regional trends of identity and passports frauds, as well as networking document examination experts from various immigration authorities in the region.
In coordination with the IBM unit of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific the incumbent will provide support to the implementation of the DESC Phase IV and other activities of the ROAP IBM Unit especially focused on data analysis and data visualization.
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