Call for Experts Short term expert – Trainer on Cross-Border Crime (STE XBC)

Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes countries

Posting Date: 08/04/2021

Deadline for Applications: 30/04/2021 

Duty Station: Home based with travel

Contract Duration: Maximum of 130 working days until 31/12/2022

Organisational overview

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. With 18 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 250+ staff members, who personify its values of commitment, integrity, partnership, respect, and innovation in actions and decisions.

Project background

The EU-funded project “Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes Countries” (IBM Silk Routes) is implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development for the benefit of the Silk Routes countries, i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. The duration of the project is 48 months, running from 1/1/2019 – 31/12/2022 

The overall objective of the project is to support the countries of the Silk Routes region in building their capacity of border management and the development of their national Integrated Border Management (IBM) guidelines, to ensure that these are coherent and effectively co-ordinated at a national, and, if possible, at a regional level, with a focus on effective border control, human resources development and preventing irregular migration.


The STE XBC will lead the development of capacity in the area of combating cross-border crime for border officers and related officials based at border crossing points in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan. 

The STE XBC will work in close cooperation with the IBM Silk Routes project implementation team (PIT) and in close collaboration with other Short Term Experts (STE) to contribute to project implementation in the following areas:

  • Design and delivery of training at basic and advanced level on combatting cross-border crime, both in face-to-face and online (Zoom) based formats;
  • Development of training curricula modules and related training materials in close coordination with other STEs;
  • Development of national trainers capable of delivering training on cross-border crime to their peers through training of trainers and remote mentoring, in close coordination with other STEs.   
  • Support development of recommendations for further strengthening the capacities of Silk Routes countries’ border authorities in the area of combating cross-border crime.  


The tasks to be completed by the STE XBC within this assignment are the following:

  • The STE XBC will design and deliver training workshops on the topic of combating cross-border crime for border officers and related officials based at border crossing points from four Silk Routes countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan). The workshops will be at basic and advanced levels and delivered remotely (via Zoom) or in person. Within the training delivery process, the expert is expected to
  • prepare learning objectives and outcomes;
  • identify relevant job competencies to be developed in the training and support the project team identify the correct target group for training in each SRC, and;
  • prepare a credible training evaluation process in line with project reporting requirements, including pre- and post-training evaluation or evaluation against a competency framework.
  • Training courses will include content aimed at a multi-agency target group, including border officers (immigration officers, border guards, border police), customs officers, law enforcement, intelligence and security agency representatives and address cross-border trafficking in human beings, smuggling of migrants, smuggling of weapons, currency, drugs, prohibited items, as well as other cross-border threats such as terrorism. The training content shall cover means to combat these threats, including a basic introduction to the concept and application of risk analysis systems and methodologies.
  • The STE XBC will contribute to the preparation of a training curriculum module on cross-border crime, including preparation of training materials, in close coordination with a Curriculum STE.
  • The STE will contribute to the preparation and delivery of a Training of Trainers programme on cross-border crime to be delivered to beneficiaries that will result in the development of a group of trainers capable of delivering the basic level cross-border crime training themselves. The ToT course will be prepared and delivered in close coordination with a ToT STE. 
  • If applicable, the STE will observe and support pilot training delivered by ToT trainees to their peers, providing feedback and quality control to trainers.
  • Based on the priorities of each SRC, the STE will identify and facilitate the organization of a study visit of beneficiaries to a third country for the purpose of exchange of good practice and development of expertise.
  • The STE will provide technical expertise and contribute to the relevant capacity building activities throughout the duration of the project.
  • The STE will support the project and the Silk Routes countries in the process of identification of further needs to support institutional development, by presenting EU good practices and provide substantial input to the elaboration of recommendations for additional comprehensive training programmes, equipment, infrastructure and organizational policy guidelines/ concepts as required on the subject.
  • The expert will ensure a strong connection of the activity performed with the best practice of the EU and global standards.
  • The STE is expected to come to the activities well prepared, including power point presentations as well as practical and theoretical workshop content, having read all background documents that have been forwarded, as well as to fulfill all relevant reporting requirements during and after the mission.


The STE XBC is expected to provide the following deliverables:

  1. Development of Training Curriculum and Training Material on combatting cross-border crime;
  2. 8x Basic Training Courses (4 days each, online) in 4 beneficiary countries ;
  3. 4 x Advanced Training Courses (5 days each, face to face) in 4 beneficiary countries;
  4. 4 x ToT (3 days each, face to face) in 4 beneficiary countries;
  5. Facilitation of 6 x Pilot Trainings (2 days) delivered by national trainers;
  6. Organisation and accompanying study visits to third country for national trainers for exchange of best practice;
  7. Ad-hoc events/ consultations with beneficiaries as needs identify. 

The STE XBC is expected to deliver a training report after each event including a summary of outcomes, results of evaluation and recommendations for future events and support to be provided in the SRCs. The report shall be submitted to ICMPD in English not later than 5 working days after each activity. The STE should also remain available for questions, comments, and feedback needed for the final draft of the report. 

Maximum number of working days: 130

Reporting lines

The Expert will report to the IBM Project Officer 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. The Expert will work in a collaborative manner with other members of the PIT and international/national STEs. 

Qualifications and Experience

Generic requirements

  • College or university degree in security, police, border guard, law or other border management and/or customs related subjects or equivalent professional trainings;
  • In depth knowledge of relevant EU normative especially related to border management and/or customs legislation and practice;
  • At least 10 years of professional experience;
  • Good analytical skills;
  • Proven experience in the relevant field;
  • Proven experience as a trainer, including drafting training concepts, evaluating and elaborating training curricula, training manuals with strong methodological competences in delivering the trainings and development and delivery of ToT programmes;
  • Ability to establish good working relations with a multinational, multi-disciplinary team;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills;
  • At least 7 years of experience in police and or border services, in particular  a specialization in cross-border crime investigation and/or risk analysis;
  • Ability to work effectively in a politically sensitive environment and exercise discretion, impartiality, diplomacy and neutrality;
  • Excellent presentation and representational skills;
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work in high and extreme-risk countries under security pressure;
  • Previous experience working in any of the Silk Routes countries will be an asset.
  • Excellent facilitation skills;
  • Excellent language and communication skills (English).

Background information/documentation to be provided by ICMPD

  • IBM Gaps and Needs Assessment reports conducted in the beneficiary countries
  • Human Resource Management and Training Capacity Gaps and Needs Assessment reports conducted in the beneficiary countries.
  • IBM Silk Routes Capacity Development - Training Component Concept.
  • ICMPD rules and regulations relevant to the work of the short-term expert
  • Any other relevant documents

Administrative Information 

  • Travel 

The Expert shall receive from ICMPD a travel itinerary and be entitled to receive a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for the foreseen activities abroad. Travel and mission related payments will be processed according to ICMPD Travel Rules applicable at the time when the travel takes place. 


For payment of the fees for the assignment, the Expert needs to submit - on the templates provided by ICMPD and in line with the payment schedule stated in the contract:

  • original timesheet(s) in hard copy, duly completed in line with instructions, dated and signed;
  • signed payment claim(s) reflecting the days/hours worked as per submitted timesheets

The payment to the bank account indicated by the Expert will only be processed after certification by ICMPD that the required services have been satisfactorily performed. 

Application Process

Interested experts should send their CV with a reference to this announcement in the subject line of the email to


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