VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - ICCWC Support Officer (P-2)
United Nations Environment Programme
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides the Secretariat for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which entered into force in 1975. CITES ensures that international trade in wildlife does not endanger the survival of species, by providing its member States with a legal framework to conduct international trade and to combat illegal trade. This position is located in the CITES Secretariat, at its Geneva duty station.
The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) is the collaborative effort by five inter-governmental organizations (the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization), working to bring coordinated support to the national wildlife law enforcement agencies and to the sub-regional and regional networks that, on a daily basis, act in defence of natural resources. The mission of ICCWC is to usher in a new era where perpetrators of serious wildlife crimes will face a formidable and coordinated response. ICCWC seeks to support development of law enforcement that builds on socially and environmentally sustainable natural resource policies, taking into consideration the need to provide livelihood support to poor and marginalized rural communities.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Enforcement Support Services, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:
1. Assist to plan and organize meetings and to draft documentation related to ICCWC for consideration by the Chair of the ICCWC Senior Experts Group.
2. Assist in preparation of ICCWC related documentation for meetings of the CITES Standing Committee and the Conference of the Parties.
3. Assist in raising the profile of ICCWC in various fora.
4. Assist with the implementation of ICCWC related decisions emanating from meetings of the ICCWC Senior Experts Group.
5. Liaise with and provide support to the ICCWC Consortium partners, particularly ICCWC focal points of INTERPOL, the UN office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization.
6. Assist in coordinating activities for ICCWC Senior Experts Group meetings.
7. Develop, improve and expand materials for the ICCWC website.
8. Draft ICCWC media releases in consultation with the ICCWC Senior Experts Group and the CITES Secretariat media relations officer.
9. Maintain a database of enforcement operations to be conducted by ICCWC partner organizations and promotion of effective coordination.
10. Liaise with CITES Management Authorities to encourage participation in enforcement related operations by ICCWC partner organizations.
11. Assist in coordinating and organizing activities with regard to ICCWC initiated operations, workshops, meetings and seminars as required by the Chair of the ICCWC Senior Experts Group.
12. Gather data and compile an annual report on the activities conducted under the umbrella of ICCWC and by individual ICCWC partner organizations.
13. Draft ICCWC project and funding proposals in consultation with the ICCWC Senior Experts Group.
14. Develop an ICCWC annual work program in consultation with the ICCWC Senior Experts Group.
15. Assist with the development and updating of the ICCWC Global Support Programme and the ICCWC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit (WFCAT) as required by the ICCWC Senior Experts Group.
16. Assist with and coordinate activities related to the implementation of the ICCWC Global Support Programme and the WFCAT by different countries, as required by the Chair of the ICCWC Senior Experts Group.
17. Perform other duties as assigned, undertaking tasks at the request of the Secretary-General and strengthening the implementation of CITES.
Professionalism: knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts and approaches relevant to wildlife law enforcement and border control; knowledge of criminal investigation management and administration; ability to gather, analyze and disseminate information; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results, ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
Communication: Excellent writing skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, in a clear style tailored to match the audience, and proven ability to communicate effectively orally.
Creativity: ability to explore new ideas and emerging issues and to develop innovative approaches.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with ICCWC Focal Points; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
Planning & organizing: ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan;
A first-level university degree in criminal law, criminology, environmental law, law enforcement or related area. Qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the first-level university degree.
A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in inter-governmental organization cooperation, law enforcement, crime prevention or criminal justice at national or international levels is required. Living / working experience in developing countries and proven cross-cultural and gender sensitivity are desirable.
English, French and Spanish are the working languages of the CITES Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French and Spanish is desirable.
This post is for a short-term duration of six months and may be extended, depending on availability of funds.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 02 July 2012
Please send application letter along with your curriculum vitae or UN Personal History form to the CITES Secretariat via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.