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Wildlife Crime Legal Expert
|Location :||Home-based with mission travel to Bangkok|
|Application Deadline :||20-Feb-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Through 31 July 2017|
UNDP is working with UN Environment to convene an Africa-Asia Symposium on Legal Frameworks for Combating Wildlife Crime (the Symposium). The Symposium will be held between late May and early July 2017 (dates to be confirmed) in Bangkok, Thailand, and has four objectives tentatively proposed as:
Review regional and international commitments to address illegal wildlife trade: participants will review regional and international commitments in addressing illegal trade in wildlife and recommend changes needed in reforming domestic legal frameworks;
Share national experiences and best practices: participants will share experiences and exchange views on best practices for strengthening and harmonizing domestic legal frameworks for addressing illegal wildlife trade;
Consider recommendations on ‘criteria’ for evaluating legal frameworks: Participants will consider and make recommendations on criteria developed by UN Environment and partners for reviewing the effectiveness of legal frameworks on addressing illegal wildlife trade; and
Provide a platform for inter-regional dialogue: The Symposium will consider establishment of an inter-regional platform for African and Asian countries for dialogue on effective legal responses in combating wildlife crime.
Countries in Africa and Asia have committed at the regional and international levels to strengthening legislation to effectively address the illegal trade in wildlife. Relevant international obligations and commitments include those made under Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, two resolutions of the United Nations Environment Assembly, a resolution of United Nations General Assembly, the London Declaration, the Kasane Statement, and the Hanoi Statement. Relevant regional commitments include those made by the African Union Summits culminating in the African Strategy on Combating Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa, and the Association of South East Asian Nations Summit Declaration on Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, among others.
Several countries in Africa and Asia have embarked on strengthening national legislation in light of these obligations and commitments. Addressing wildlife crime requires comprehensive review and strengthening of laws and regulations extending beyond wildlife legislation to anti-money laundering, customs legislation, police powers, and mutual legal assistance arrangements, among others.
The Symposium will provide a valuable opportunity to take stock of recent developments and share best practices in strengthening legal frameworks. Strengthening cooperation in combating inter-country and trans-regional wildlife crime especially between Africa and Asia requires strategic policy engagement between the two regions. Sharing of information and best practices as well as devising innovative inter-regional collaborative means of effective legal responses will contribute to the fight against wildlife crime. The Symposium will draw on existing initiatives in this area, including but not limited to the 2016 ASEAN Handbook on Legal Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Crime prepared with support from Freeland Foundation, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime, and others.
The Symposium will support the participation of an estimated 20 representatives from Africa and Asia. An estimated ten countries (five from Africa and five from Asia Pacific) will be invited to nominate two representatives each to attend the Symposium. International and regional organizations active in addressing wildlife crime will also be invited as partners and resource persons. The Symposium will build on and complement existing initiatives undertaken by partners in both regions. The Symposium will be conducted over three days, with a proposed two days for the Symposium and a third day tentatively scheduled as a one-day field trip to a national park in Thailand (subject to confirmation and to be co-organized with an implementing partner).
UNDP and UN Environment are seeking the support of a Wildlife Crime Legal Expert to assist in the preparation and delivery of the Symposium.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Wildlife Crime Legal Expert will perform the following functions:
Information on Working Arrangements:
Required Skills and Experience
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.