The purpose of this TOR is to recruit a qualified candidate with experience and knowledge necessary to facilitate activities within the UNODC Programme Office in Belgrade, Serbia.
Project Assistant will be responsible for backstopping day-to-day implementation of the activities under the UNODC’s Global Firearms Programme GLOX34 and will be based at the UNODC Programme Office in Belgrade (Serbia).
He/she carries out his/her functions under the direct supervision of the Regional Programme Associate, UNODC Programme Office in Serbia and the overall supervision of the Head, UNODC Global Firearms Programme. The Coordinator of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe will provide further guidance to the Project Assistant, who will also work in close coordination with the designated UNODC staff in Vienna Headquarters and offices in the field.
Illicit firearms are used to gain leverage in various forms of criminality, for intimidation, coercion and in gang violence. Current security challenges show that illicit firearms are often a common denominator in many crimes, from urban gang violence, to transnational organized crime, terrorism, and drug trafficking inter alia. The Western Balkan (WB) jurisdictions have been identified in many studies as source jurisdictions for firearms trafficked to the European Union. The UNODC’s Global Firearms Programme (GFP) will support the jurisdictions in the Western Balkans (WB) to strengthen their criminal justice response to firearms related criminality and reach the goals and targets established under the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons and their ammunition in the Western Balkans (Roadmap).
The overall objective of the GFP’s is to support WB jurisdictions to prevent and counter illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, and their links to transnational organized and other serious crimes and foster effective international cooperation and information exchange. The specific objective of the GFP’s activities is to support the criminal justice system to countering illicit firearms trafficking and related offences in the WB jurisdictions. UNODC GFP will provide support in the following areas: (i) Legislative assistance to implement and apply the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol), with a focus on the criminal and criminal procedural law provisions; (ii) Support for enhancing the knowledge and skills of law enforcement and prosecutors to detect, investigate and prosecute firearms trafficking cases; and (iii) support for collection and analysis of criminal justice data; and facilitation of international cooperation between criminal justice practitioners.
In the implementation of this work, the UNODC GFP is supported by and works in cooperation and partnership with the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (RP SEE), as reflected in the outcome 1.2 of the latter.