Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 108 working days within the period 15 March 2021 – 14 September 2021.
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counterterrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
The OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.
The Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) deals with economic and environmental issues, operating under the premise that promoting economic prosperity and co-operation on environmental problems can contribute to international security and stability. The OSCE’s role is twofold: a) to monitor economic and environmental developments among participating States, and alert them to any threat of conflict, and b) to facilitate the formulation of economic and environmental policies and initiatives among participating States, to promote security.
Based on the request of the Ministry of Justice of Armenia received in 2019 to support the implementation of the anti-corruption reform in the country, the OSCE’s Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA), together with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, launched the OSCE extrabudgetary (ExB) project on “Strengthening anti-corruption reform in Armenia” aimed at establishing and reinforcing national anti-corruption institution(s) with adequate human and technical resources to foster the country’s good governance reforms. The project has focused on targeted policy, expert, advocacy, and capacity building assistance in establishing anti-corruption institutions in Armenia that has produced tangible results in 2019 and 2020. In 2021, the OCEEA will continue the implementation of the project and focus on enhancing the operational capacities of the Anti-Corruption Committee.
To support the implementation of the project, the OCEEA/EGU/requires technical support and sound professional expertise in the field of anti-corruption as well as specific knowledge of Armenian context to successfully engage national authorities and international stakeholders. The Expert will be providing substantial and result oriented advisory services to the EGU/OCEEA that are both politically and programmatically sensitive, thus demanding permanent communication and co-ordination with the Ministry of Justice of Armenia, key international donors and other beneficiaries in Armenia.
Under the supervision of the Senior Economic Officer, Head of Economic Governance Unit at the OCEEA, the Expert will be tasked to:
- Providing essential advice and supporting the OSCE/OCEEA/EGU efforts under the current ExB project 1102038, “Strengthening anti-corruption reform in Armenia”; providing political and technical expertise to maintain the dialogue with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, a key beneficiary of the project, as well as the newly established Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) on the composition of the ACC, recruitment of ACC leadership and staff and the design of the capacity building and training programmes for the ACC, under the parameters of the ExB project;
- Organizing and conducting the following substance-oriented activities: designing and conducting specialized training programmes for operative officers of the ACC. It is expected that the Expert will deploy a comprehensive approach and interconnected "module by module" chain of training, based on the logic of criminal investigation. A form of crime simulation will be used to train officers on all possible activities that occur between the receipt of the information on a potential crime and perpetrator’s arrest. The ACC officers and staff will acquire the following skills:
- initiation of the investigation, that will include the use of open sources of information (OSINT), analytical tools for collection, storage, and verification of financial information, legal and tactical aspects of whistle-blowers’ protection, modern methods of interrogation, methods of informants’ recruitment, and dealing with and handling of informants;
- verification of information on crime and evidence collection, that will include tactics and techniques of surveillance and observation, special equipment for "wiretapping", phone interception and monitoring (GPS), special car driving techniques for observation teams, criminal analysis tools as a method of finding proofs, tactical aspects of the criminal investigation, and essentials of financial crime investigation;
- executing arrest, that will include SWAT tactics and techniques, the use of SWAT tactical and technical equipment, police intervention methods, tactics, and techniques, physical protection of witnesses, convoying of detained/arrested persons and self-defence essentials;
- Advising on the design of the “architecture” and technical parameters of the interconnected analytical system of the ACC that will include the design of databases, systems to use and storage of operational records, and needed analytical IT tools;
- Co-ordinating efforts to develop a framework of essential operational activities of the ACC by producing the following deliverables:
- drafting methodology of operational activities that will include methods of recruitment and handling of informants;
- designing the establishment of the undercover unit responsible for long-term infiltrations and short-term operations under the prosecutor’s supervision;
- drafting legal framework that would authorize the process of selecting and training of undercover officers;
- designing a surveillance unit with detailed technical descriptions of special observation and positioning equipment, audio and video recorders, and other relevant elements;
- Supporting and facilitating information sharing and interagency co-operation collaboration among government agencies and international peers;
- Facilitating the delivery of advice and information from specialized international institutes and experts on mechanisms and tools available to address national challenges with confiscation of property of illicit origin and recovering stolen assets;
- Producing monthly reports on the achieved results and producing a final comprehensive report before the end of the contract assignment that would include the comprehensive description of accomplished deliverables and recommendations for future engagement of the OSCE/OCEEA/EGU in the planned implementation of the ExB on “Strengthening anti-corruption reform” in Armenia.
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- University degree in social science, law, political science, international relations or related field;
- Minimum 10 years of professional experience in the field of good governance and anti-corruption at the international level, including formal qualifications in providing capacity building, technical advice and consultations to senior government officials;
- Knowledge of all aspects of programme and project management in the context of international development organization;
- Knowledge of the country-specific context and the institutional framework;
- Experience of working with international organizations and/or high-level political institutions;
- Professional fluency in written and spoken English, including excellent communication and drafting skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
- Professional fluency in Russian, both oral and written;
- Computer literacy;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
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