Call for experts - Expert on crime prevention - Organized Crime: West African Response to Trafficking (OCWAR-T) Project

Posting Date: 23/07/2020

Deadline for Applications: 10/08/2020 

Duty Station: Home based (remote consultancy)  

Start Date (tentative): 01/09/2020 

Contract Duration: 30 working days 

Type of Post: International 

Organisational Overview:

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. With 17 Member States and over 60 projects active throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, ICMPD is a growing and ever-more relevant presence in its field. The organisation’s greatest assets are its 200+ staff members, who personify its values of commitment, integrity, partnership, respect, and innovation in actions and decisions.

Project Overview: 

ICMPD is inviting all interested candidates to apply for the position of a short-term expert on crime prevention with the Organized Crime: West African Response to Trafficking (OCWAR-T) Project. The overall objective of this project is to address the inadequate capacity and prevalent structural constraints on national and regional level with regard to coordination and cooperation in the fields of prevention, investigation and prosecution of trafficking in persons (TIP) cases as well as the protection of victims of TIP.

Please note that this position is subject to approval and availability of project funds. 

Job Description:

The project Organised Crime: West African Response to Trafficking (OCWAR–T) is funded by the European Union and the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO). OCWAR-T is implemented through indirect management by an EU Member State Agency –Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) - in collaboration with International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Mines Advisory Group (MAG). The ECOWAS Commission is the steering and coordinating body together with the EU Delegation and the GFFO. OCWAR-T is implemented in the 15 ECOWAS Members States and Mauritania (the target countries) in the period of September 2019 – December 2022. 

Component 3 of the Project focuses on the prevention of Trafficking in Persons (TIP), protection of victims of TIP and prosecution of TIP. Implemented by ICMPD with guidance from the ECOWAS Commission (Department of Social Affairs and Gender), this component addresses the inadequate capacity and prevalent structural constraints on national and regional level with regard to coordination and cooperation in the fields of prevention, investigation and prosecution of TIP as well as the protection of victims of TIP.

Under the same component, ICMPD will support ECOWAS in developing a Regional Crime against the Person Prevention Policy (RCAPPP) and its implementation plan containing coordination structures and guidelines targeting groups vulnerable to TIP. RCAPPP will respond to the need in ECOWAS for a transnational coordination structure to implement preventive measures across borders, targeting groups (such as children, women, displaced persons, impoverished communities, etc.), who are vulnerable to trafficking and related crimes. 

As a preparatory step for developing RCAPPP it is necessary to carry out a desk review and establish contacts in ECOWAS Member States (MSs) in order to inform about existing policy, legislative and institutional frameworks as well as operational practices pertaining to prevention of crimes against persons vulnerable to TIP or TIP-associated offences in ECOWAS MSs, also addressing relevant international organisations, in order to inform the baseline for development of RCAPPP. 

The desk review will look into prevention of TIP or TIP-related crimes  on three levels - universal prevention (awareness-raising and educating of the general public), victim protection (people at risk of becoming a victim or committing an offence) and consequences of violence (working with consequences of violence, offering support measures to victims as well as interventions concerning perpetrators of violence). It will also look at the mechanisms put in place to ascertain the work of first line responders as well as to ensure more accountability amongst them.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The desk review will provide a detailed account of the following in ECOWAS MSs:

  • crime prevention policies, strategies and legislation (specifically those relating to violence against children, sexual and gender based violence, trafficking in persons, forced labour and human rights violations in the context of migration);
  • mapping of the stakeholders that have a mandate to deal with crimes against the person with a focus on the legal mandates and operational regulation of these actors;
  • existing institutional / inter-agency / coordination / mechanisms relevant to prevention of this category of offences;
  • how these above mentioned frameworks and mechanisms function in practice;
  • identify gaps and challenges in relation to the above (probing the cause-effect relationship that will inform the future ECOWAS RCAPPP);
  • Identify good practices and approaches applicable to preventing and responding to these offences that should be promoted by ECOWAS

The above will be generated by:

  • Conducting a literature review on the review topic and stakeholder mapping in ECOWAS MSs. The literature review will focus on what has been published on the focus topic by MS authorities, researchers, international and non-governmental organisations and the media. It will comprise an analysis of relevant information contained in various sources: bibliographies available online; Publications available online and through online libraries; National government reports available online; Legislative and policy documents; Statistical data; Research reports, published or unpublished, by NGOs, international organisations, research groups, etc.; Academic journals; Online newspapers and news websites; and Other secondary sources identified during the review.
  • Establishing relevant contacts and liaise with national and international stakeholders in ECOWAS MS, in coordination with the ICMPD team.


The expert is expected to provide the following deliverables

- D1: Draft methodology (including report structure), and questionnaire to be applied to national institutions identified in ECOWAS MSs.

- D2: Draft desk review report.

- D3: Final desk review report based on the feedback from ICMPD and ECOWAS


What    When (indicative)       Number of Working Days

D1             15 September 2020                5

D2             15 October 2020                        20

D3              31 October 2020                5

Maximum number of working days: 30 

Reporting lines

The Expert will report to Mr. Lamine Daffe who will be in charge of the overall supervision both in terms of administrative and content issues and who will provide input and comments on deliverables as needed in consultation with ECOWAS.

Incumbent Profile:

  • Good knowledge of crime prevention policies and strategies in West Africa, of international and/or relevant national legal, policy and institutional frameworks on crime prevention;
  • At least 10 years of experience in conducting research on crime, migration, refugees, human trafficking, human rights, conflict and/or other related topics;
  • Excellent analytical, drafting and organizational skills;
  • Extensive experience in drafting research reports, including for international organizations;
  • Previous experience in multi-country research on related topics is considered an asset;

Corporate Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in an international context.
  • Proficiency in English (verbal/written).
  • Proficiency in French and/or Portuguese (verbal/written) is a distinct asset
  • Master´s degree related to the area of work, i.e. Law, criminology or social sciences or related field (e.g., migration studies, political science,  public policy]


ICMPD offers a daily fee to be calculated based on qualifications and experience. Where duty travel is required for the position, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health insurance is the responsibility of the incumbent.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application via email (in English) to the following email address:, including: 

a) Brief description of the proposed approach for the delivery of the Services, including estimated effort, planned activities, and related schedule;

b) Updated CV;

c) At least 02 references of previous clients.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 10 August 2020 at 23:59 pm, (West Africa time or GMT+1).

All applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated above. Applications received after the published deadline, and offline applications submitted via email, fax or post, will not be considered. 

Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted and applicants are expected to be available for a personal/telephone interview.

General Information:

ICMPD retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy or to cancel the recruitment. 


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