UN Youth Volunteer in Counter Terrorism




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1. Type of Assignment: International UN Youth Volunteer

2. Type of Assignment Place: Family Duty Station

3. Assignment Title: UN Youth Volunteer in Counter Terrorism 4. Link with UNV Strategic Framework : Peacebuilding

5. Duty Station, Country: Dakar, Senegal

Type of Assignment Place: Youth Volunteers assignments are always without family 6. Duration (in months): 12 months

7. Expected Starting Date: 10 March 2017

8. Host Agency/Host Institute: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN)

9. Organizational Context/Project:

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime, and it is mandated to assist, in coordination with other agencies such as UNDP and IOM among others, Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.

UNODC, through its Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), is one of the United Nations’ key providers of counter-terrorism technical assistance in the legal and related areas. Since 2003, UNODC/TPB has been implementing a technical assistance programme, with the objective of assisting requesting countries to strengthen the criminal justice responses to terrorism.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).TPB does this by: (i) providing legal advice to States becoming parties to the universal legal instruments related to terrorism; (ii) assisting states to incorporate their provisions into national legislations; (iii)

providing training to criminal justice officials to implement rule of law-based criminal justice measures

against terrorism and on related international cooperation in criminal matters; and (iv) providing

assistance to strengthen national institutions dealing with terrorism. To achieve sustained impact, TPB

has also been developing and disseminating legal technical assistance tools.

Assistance delivery at the field level is pursued under the substantive leadership of TPB (within the

framework of a global project on “Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism”) and the

operational leadership of the respective UNODC regional or country offices, as an integral component

of UNODC’s respective regional and country programmes.

The scope of assistance provided has been broadening, with ever increasing attention being given to

implementation assistance, as more countries have ratified more of the universal instruments. Special

attention is given to assisting countries to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

(resolution A/RES/60/288, adopted on 8 September 2006) and the relevant Security Council resolutions.

Countries of the Sahel region (Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad) have been a

major focus of assistance delivery. Many of these countries face several crime and security challenges,

intertwined with development challenges. They continue to require extensive assistance to undertake

rule of law-based criminal justice responses to prevent and combat terrorism – an essential component

of an effective counter-terrorism strategy.

With respect to these countries, these assistance activities are delivered as an integral component of

the UNODC contribution to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (Sahel Programme). Through this

regional programme, UNODC is seeking to assist the Sahel countries to strengthen the security sector

and the rule of law-based criminal justice responses to terrorism.

In the Sahel region, UNODC is increasingly working to help national authorities improve their operational

capacity to investigate terrorism-related cases, working in particular with law enforcement and

prosecutors to prepare them to effectively investigate terrorist threats and terrorist acts within a rule-of-

law framework.

The UNODC Sahel Programme supports the development of accessible, efficient and accountable

criminal justice systems to combat illicit trafficking drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism and

corruption in the region by:

  • Promoting the implementation of international conventions with governments and foster re- gional cooperation on counter-terrorism with authorities and prosecutors
  • Preventing illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons, human beings and smuggling of migrants by enhanced detection and interdiction at airports and land borders
  • Improving justice systems by promoting integrity safeguard mechanisms and Police - Justice cooperation through anti-corruption and anti-money laundering training
  • Enhancing scientific evidence and investigation by providing authorities with appropriate labor- atories and firearms control measures
  • Supporting access and treatment of people in contact with the judicial system through strength- ening the frameworks of human rights, legal aid, victim and witness protection and prison re- form
  • Supporting capacity-building efforts and initiatives aimed at strengthening national and re- gional institutions to respond to the threat posed by illicit activities including but not limited to organised crime and terrorism.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The UNODC Sahel Programme has been developed within the framework of the UN Regional Integrated Strategy for the Sahel 2014-2019, which the UN Secretary-General launched in June 2013.

The UN integrated Strategy for the Sahel revolves around three key objectives: making governance

more inclusive and effective, building capacities to counter cross-border threats, and strengthening the

resilience of the Sahelian people.

10. Description of tasks:

Under the direct supervision of the team leader of the Counter Terrorism Programme for West Africa

and the Sahel, the UN Youth volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Support the Terrorism Prevention Team/ROSEN by:

  • As part of a team, contributing to provide specialized expertise on assisting in the designing and implementation of training activities in West and Central African countries, focusing on capacity- building efforts aimed at strengthening rule of law-based and human rights-compliant investigation, prosecution and analysis of terrorism-related cases and dynamics;
  • Assessing and identifying capacity building needs of concerned national entities and assist other staff members and consultants on training workshops and other relevant initiatives for prosecuto- rial/adjudicator capacity building activities; and prepare and participate in national expert work- shops, sub-regional/regional workshops, as determined;
  • Providing inputs for the preparation of reports, briefing notes, technical assistance tools, substantive publications and training materials pertaining to operational and rule of law-based criminal justice responses to terrorism;
  • Developing a database of terrorism-related incidents and trends within West and Central African countries. .

Furthermore, UN Youth Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Youth Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local indi- viduals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possi- ble.

11. Results/Expected Outputs:

At the end of the contract, the UN Youth Volunteer would have:

  • Provided meaningful contribution for the development and refinement of technical assistance pro- jects and activities;
  • Delivered inputs related to the development of technical assistance tools and projects in the counter- terrorism area
  • Contributed advisory services and training to a number of criminal justice officials and countries request such assistance and upon request of the UN Volunteer’s supervisor;
  • Formulated reports, briefing notes, substantive publications and training materials pertaining to the rule of law-based and operational criminal justice responses to terrorism;
  • Contributed to the creation and update of a database pertaining to terrorism-related incidents within the concerned region;

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Furthermore:

  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
  • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

12. Qualifications/Requirements (including competencies, values and skills):

Education: A first-level university degree in the field of law, preferably criminal or international law;

political, social sciences, international relations or equivalent academic training/education from a

recognized university.


  • Previous professional or relevant academic experience in the field of terrorism, criminal justice crime prevention, international relations or international security with an international organization or na- tional ministries of justice, interior, foreign affairs, etc, including through internships;
  • Academic experience related to counter terrorism.
  • Working experience with the United Nations system is an advantage, as is experience in Africa;
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded. .

Computer skills:

  • Proficiency in word-processing software
  • Website content management systems
  • Knowledge management software

Technical competencies:

  • Excellent and proven research and drafting skills required;
  • Very good communication skills, including the ability to communicate with various counterparts and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise manner. Ability to be an attentive listener, correctly inter- preting messages from others and responding appropriately. Demonstrating openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Knowledge of contemporary terrorism-related and counter-terrorism-related issues and/or the West and Central Africa’s political, social and human rights issues is a strong asset.

Competencies and values:

  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
  • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;

13. Learning expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place

before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for

learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality

of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abili- ties; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.
  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.
  • Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and ac- tive participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, UNODC will support knowledge and capacity

development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. UNODC

will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses

and workshops offered to its personnel.

14. Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For

this assignment, fluency in both, with proven drafting and communication skills, is required

15. Living Conditions:

The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Dakar, a family duty station (Hardship

classification A) with missions to the region. Dakar is a liveable city. The living conditions in Dakar are

good and the social climate is calm. Senegal is an open country that enjoys social stability resulting from

the smooth functioning of state institutions. Senegal is also provided with a good level of infrastructure

(eg roads) but the distribution of water is electricity can be volatile in Dakar and other cities and towns

of the country, requiring many civil servants to use generators. Senegal is also a popular tourist

destination. The reception and spontaneous hospitality of Senegalese are among the characteristic

features of this West African country.

The country is at the level of Security 2, which corresponds to "Low", with the exception of the

Casamance natural region (administrative regions of Kolda, Sédhiou and Ziguinchor) where acts of

banditry are often reported but also the presence of Elements of the Movement of Democratic Forces

of Casamance (MFDC) and unexploded ordnance (UXO). All United Nations personnel must

scrupulously comply with UNDSS procedures and recommendations during their assignment to

Senegal. Thefts and burglary are the main incidents against UN personnel. Small arms proliferation and

organized cross-border crime often occur in suburban areas on major trade routes. There is no R&R

entitlement in Senegal.

The access to health services in Dakar is good. The yellow fever vaccine is compulsory and vaccination

cards should be presented at the entrance. Vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and

Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. The basic drugs are available in pharmacies but it is

recommended to bring specific prescription drugs.

According to ANSD/RGPHAE 2013 official estimates, the population of Dakar metropolitan area reaches

over 3.1 million people. The total population of Senegal is 13.508.715 inhabitants (ANSD 2013). Senegal

is located on UTC/ GMT. Senegal has warm climate and sunny days throughout the year that make it a

comfortable duty station. Daytime temperatures are on average around 30°C. Rainy season is in the

northern hemisphere’s summer/fall.

The currency used in Senegal is called Franc CFA (XOF). On 5 January 2017 the average exchange

rate is 1 USD = 619.271 XOF. Many hotels, restaurants and businesses in Senegal accept the main

international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). It is also possible to withdraw

cash from automatic telling machines found in all the major cities. The accommodation facilities are in

general good and the choice is wide.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).It is possible to rent unfurnished and furnished accommodations from 450 to 2000 USD. UN Volunteers can also co-rent and share private accommodations, which must comply with Minimum Operating

Residential Security Standards (MORSS). Transportation in town can be easily arranged through local


To enter Senegal, a valid passport is required. ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States)

nationals are not required an entry visa. Nationals of other countries may be required an entry visa or

long stay visa. They should contact the closest Senegalese representation. Senegalese Embassies

and consulates in various West African countries and in other parts of the world issue visas prior to


The UNV Field Unit can provide assistance in booking temporary accommodation for the first nights at

UN Volunteer expenses, which can be extended or not at UN Volunteer discretion until getting a

permanent accommodation.

Note: For all international travel to Senegal, security clearance must be requested a minimum of 7 days

prior to travel.

16. Conditions of Service for International UN Youth Volunteer

The duration of your assignment is 12 months.

A volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) per month and is paid at the end of each month

to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs. The VLA can be

computed by applying the Post-Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of US$1,270. The

VLA base rate is a global rate, while the PAM is country-specific and fluctuates on a monthly basis

according to the cost of living. This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable

purchasing power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by

the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on

the ICSC website (http://icsc.un.org).

For example, if the PAM for Senegal for January 2017 is 35.6%, then the VLA for that month will be US$

1270 x 1.356 = US$1722.12.

In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC,

international UN Volunteers receive a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the

volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and

also in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty station.

UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual leave,

full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements).

UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for

the final repatriation travel (if applicable). A resettlement allowance is paid for satisfactory service at the

end of the assignment.

UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including

Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).17. How to apply:

Eligible candidates, i.e. aged between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the entire duration of their

service, whose previous work experience in areas relevant for the assignment does not exceed two

years, should do the following:

If you are not a candidate in the UNV database, please apply by registering your profile through the

following link: http://ereta.unv.org/html/index.php?module=myprofile&ad=YTH17SEN000309. The

advertisement code will appear automatically under the ‘Special Recruitment’ tab of your UNV profile

and can be changed from there if needed.

If you already are a candidate in the UNV database, please update your profile through:

http://MyProfile.unv.org and select the code of the assignment YTH17SEN000309 from the drop down

list in the ‘Special Recruitment’ tab of ‘MyProfile’.

Closing date: You must be fully registered in the UNV database of candidates not later than 26 January

2017 (applications received after that date will not be taken into consideration).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Dakar
  • Grade: SC-2/SB-1, Service Contract
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social studies
  • Closing Date: 2017-01-26

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