Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays an increasing role in the field of trafficking in human beings (THB). Victims of THB are being recruited via social media and other ICT platforms, controlled and exploited in the virtual space. Organized criminal groups use encrypted electronic communication tools to co-ordinate their actions and the emergence of cryptocurrencies provide them with the opportunity to move criminal proceeds outside of banking systems. In order to respond to the widespread use of ICT by organized criminal groups, individuals and other entities, the state authorities are also using and developing ICT tools to help identify human trafficking victims and bring criminals to justice.
The OSCE has adopted forward looking commitments and recommendation on the use of ICT in the field of THB. The 2013 Addendum to the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings: One Decade Later includes concrete commitments and recommendations related to the use of ICT in the prevention and combating of human trafficking. In order to better assist OSCE participating States in the implementation of the relevant OSCE commitments, OSR/CTHB intends to develop a publication on how ICT is being used by organized criminal groups, individuals and other entities for trafficking people and how state authorities can leverage ICT to fight THB and assist victims..
The OSR/CTHB, therefore, requires the services of an expert who will be expected to draft a publication of maximum 100 pages on the role of ICT in the fight against THB.
|Tasks and Responsibilities|
As a part of the assignment, the expert/consultant will carry out the following activities, but not limited to:
1. Developing an outline of existing international commitments, documents and research on the use of ICT for THB, which will be a part of the publication;
2. Analysing the preliminary research on existing ICT tools and initiatives to fight THB conducted by OSR/CTHB and incorporating the research into the publication by developing its narrative with relevant analysis, conclusions and recommendations;
3. Participating in conference calls or face to face meetings organized by the OSR/CTHB;
4. Drafting the publication of maximum 100 pages on the role of ICT in the fight against THB, in accordance with a table of contents agreed in advance with the OSR/CTHB. The publication will be based on the research and analysis conducted, and the following subject shall be mandatorily discussed as separate chapters/sections:
- The role of ICT in cases of THB for sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and other forms of human trafficking, their similarities and differences;
- On-line recruitment of victims of THB. This chapter should discuss how victims are being recruited and groomed through social media platforms, on-line games, web-sites, messaging apps and other tools;
- On-line exploitation of victims of THB. This chapter should discuss how victims of THB are being exploited through different virtual platforms such as erotic/sex chats, dark web, on-line transfer of sexual video content, Peer to Peer networks and file swapping programs, etc.;
- Use of ICT by criminal organized groups and other entities to sustain criminal operations (planning, execution, communication, transfer of criminal proceeds, etc.);
- The role of cryptocurrency, blockchain and other innovative ICT initiatives as related to THB. This chapter should reflect some of the findings of the OSR/CTHB research on existing practices and initiatives around the world on this topic;
- Existing ICT tools and products to assist in cases of THB for sexual and labour exploitation, including prevention of THB and protection of victims;
- Multiagency way of detecting and investigating IT-facilitated human trafficking crimes (exchange of information, roles and responsibilities, securing sufficient and acceptable evidence). This chapter should discuss how co-operation between cyber units and human trafficking units within law enforcement could be established to efficiently identify and investigate ICT facilitated THB cases and also how the capacities and standard operations procedure of the human trafficking units could be developed to enhance the online THB cases identification capacities.
5. Based on the feedback received by OSR/CTHB staff revising and updating the publication.
Please note that this is a home-based consultancy assignment with possible travels to Vienna or other locations in the OSCE area for maximum 20 working days starting in June 2018 until October 2018.
The candidates are required to submit the following documents:
- Application Form outlining relevant experience; - Motivation letter, indicating: - Why you are motivated to join the project, what you have to offer, how you could contribute concretely to the publication; - Date of availability and willingness to commit to participate throughout the lifetime of the project; - Indication of daily rate (or lump sum).
The OSCE will take gender and geographical balance into account during the selection process.
|Remuneration will depend on the selected consultant’s qualifications and experience and will be in accordance with the OSCE established rates.|
|How To Apply|
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/vacancies.
If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.