Law enforcement advisor

Location : Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU
Application Deadline :15-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Civil-society activists have an important role to play in bringing delinked communities into national political discussions. This entails both engaging communities more actively in relation to the local costs of elite rent-seeking behaviour (for example, the denuding of local forests through the sale of permits at national level) and the wider documentation of elite predation on national development (and its implications, for example, for the health or education sectors).

Civil-society institutions in Guinea-Bissau, however, remain weakly developed and underfunded. Nevertheless, academia, community organizations and the media are important elements in the debate about the future of the country. One critical challenge is to ensure that institutions of civil society are not entirely pulled into the discourse of political parties and that a core neutral body of analysis shapes the discussion, including around the nature of the economy and the role of the political elite themselves.

Longer-term political stability must also include countering populist rhetoric, which has become increasingly manifested in attempts to exploit religious and ethnic differences in a society that has otherwise long shown an impressive degree of multicultural unity, the result of historical factors, including the struggle against colonial rule.

While organized crime and criminal government are a feature of both developed and developing economies, it is arguably in the least developed countries (LDCs) that the implications are most serious. The presence of the state and its institutions are limited, and the resilience of communities are rendered vulnerable by a range of threats. Both of these realities are amplified and exacerbated by the predatory illicit economies.

The particular structural conditions of the illicit economy in Guinea-Bissau will benefit from a drive to achieve greater openness and debate on the factors underlying the illicit economy, in parallel with any attempt to reinforce state institutional and regulatory responses. To achieve this, the civil-society observatory of the illicit economy in Guinea-Bissau will seek to link local communities and the proponents of political reform, by providing objective research and analysis, sourced from community and civil-society networks, which focuses on the nature and damaging impact of the illicit economy in Guinea-Bissau.

UNDP project is pioneering the development of regular reporting on organised crime and illicit market trends in Guinea-Bissau. The project experience in regular reporting and analysis allows us to influence decision makers about the nature, extent and priorities in the organised crime debate. It also allows key stakeholders and field networks and analysts to remain on top of unfolding developments, shaping the writing of more targeted and better analysed longer-term reports.

High quality analysis and reporting which is sourced from Guinea-Bissau is therefore a crucial addition to the current regional debate, providing new insights into developments.

Phase II of the Observatory would expand the current system of regular reporting and civil society engagement from Guinea-Bissau, into key areas of Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea.

It would also incorporate a renewed focus on the impacts of trafficking dynamics on stability across the countries of focus. The need for this expanded scope was identified through the phase I developed work of the Observatory, and through close monitoring of unfolding developments in the region.

Objective of the assignment

The purpose of this consultancy is to contribute to keep on developing the built CSOs grant scheme and network, to contribute to expand partnerships and the strengthening of CSOs working on anti-transnational organized crime, to improve high quality analysis offering new insights into developments in the sub-region, namely Guinea- Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Senegal and The Gambia.

Duties and Responsibilities

The contract of the law enforcement advisor is to provide the following services, which will assist UNDP Governance Cluster and Project Manager to complete activities in the field:

  • Continuously monitor developments related to organized crime and illicit trafficking (of drugs, firearms, human beings and other commodities) in Guinea- Bissau, as well illicit economies;
  • Act as a resource person for the project, providing advice and guidance on Project’s involvement in broad transnational organised crime and illicit drug trafficking matters in geographical areas; as well as the delivery of a variety of specialized technical services in law enforcement and other areas for governments, e.g. expert advisory services, expert group meetings, training seminars, workshops, study tours etc. (including the LIGA EWC trainings).
  • Provide support to the Civil Society Observatory of Illicit Economies in Guinea- Bissau including to the II National Dialogue on CDTOC.
  • Participate in virtual discussions and meetings, to the extent feasible given the part-time nature of the engagement.
  • Provide analysis of key events and political dynamics in Guinea-Bissau and West Africa which shape transnational organized crime dynamics, and shape instability. This analysis should be provided in response to specific requests, but the Consultant will also proactively share insights and information.
  • Contribute to incorporate evidence into political narratives around cocaine trafficking, changing the phenomena from one where harms are located outside of the African continent, towards one where drug trafficking is seem to have harmful impacts.
  • Apply guidelines for the reporting framework between HRL and UNDP in coordination with UNODC.
  • Engage with existing networks of stakeholders, especially LIGA and the National Observatory on Drugs and Drug Addiction.
  • Respond to written questions sharing inputs based on own experience, and engagement (interviews, messaging etc.) with existing, and newly developed, networks. Follow-up with oral debriefs to develop responses further.
  • Support the coordination of dialogues in borderland areas and transit points central to cocaine flows, and follow-up dialogues in areas already engaged with focusing on (i) awareness-raising; (ii) enhancing community-state networks to strengthen the response to organized crime, including by identifying and publicizing reporting channels; and (iii) bolstering sub-regional co-ordination both at civil society, and local state levels
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


Deliverable 1

The expert would need to provide one briefing written report providing contextual understanding of political developments and illegal markets trade as well as updated profiles of key players; By July 2022

Deliverable 2 

Prepare and conduct one training session to national EWCs; By August 2022

Deliverable 3

Contribute actively for the delivery of quarterly report to donor with specific inputs on built bridges between civil society network supporting the fights against illicit markets and law enforcement agencies. By September 2022

Deliverable 4

Design specific guidelines for the reporting framework between civil society network working against illicit markets, UNDP in coordination with UNODC. By October 2022

Deliverable 5

Develop integrated impact monitoring mechanisms for community resilience dialogues and training sessions with specific focus on building bridges between civil society network supporting the fights against illicit markets and law enforcement agencies. By November 2022

Deliverable 6

Design awareness sessions on CDTOC to multi stakeholders (eg. civil society network/schools/youth associations; governmental institutions; LEAs/ model police station on community policing)  By December 2022


Duration of the assignment

The assignment must be conducted within 6 months, from the day the contract is signed.


PROFESSIONALISM: Sound knowledge of and exposure to a range of development assistance issues, including on development programmes design and management for borderland areas; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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.


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.


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.


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.

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced University degree in Economy, Law, Political Science, Sociology or other related fields or at least 3 years working experience with a law enforcement agency.

  • Computer literacy is mandatory.


  • Experience in the production of reports and briefings;
  • Some professional experience with CDTOC programmes in Guinea-Bissau is mandatory.
  • Prior professional experience with International Organizations in multi-cultural settings and multi-stakeholder processes, preferably in the region is desirable;


  • Proficiency in Portuguese and Creole, advanced knowledge in English and computer literacy are mandatory.


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