Background of the assignment:
The Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is one of the United Nations’ key providers of counter-terrorism technical assistance in the legal and related areas. In response to its enhanced mandates in the area of technical assistance related to international cooperation against terrorism, UNODC is implementing a reinforced programme of activities for fulfilling effectively these expanded mandates. The objective of the technical assistance activities of TPB is to strengthen the legal regime against terrorism. It does this by providing legal advice to States becoming parties to the universal legal instruments related to terrorism, by assisting states to incorporate their provisions into national legislations, by providing training to criminal justice officials on the new laws and by providing assistance to strengthen national institutions dealing with terrorism. To achieve sustained impact, TPB has also been developing and disseminating legal technical assistance tools.
In January 2003, TPB launched a global project on “Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism” in order to provide specialized assistance to Member States in ratifying and implementing the universal legal instruments against terrorism. The project provides the broad global framework for delivering technical assistance with respect to the substantive areas of UNODC’s mandates, especially crime prevention and criminal justice. The project enables the Branch to respond promptly and efficiently to requests for counter-terrorism assistance in accordance with the priorities set by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the Security Council.
The main focus of the technical assistance activities of TPB has been the provision of assistance to requesting Member States for facilitating the ratification and implementation of the universal legal instruments against terrorism, as well as the implementation of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001). During this period, it provided assistance to over 150 countries, either through country-specific “direct” assistance, or through the organization of sub-regional workshops. The latter allowed countries from the same region to learn from each other and harmonize legislative actions and initiate joint efforts. Through these activities, more than 6,000 lawmakers, law enforcement and other criminal justice officials have been familiarized with the requirements of the universal legal instruments against terrorism and the Security Council resolution 1373 (2001).
The scope of assistance provided through this project has been broadening, in terms of its geographical reach, the number of countries receiving assistance, as well as the substantive content of the assistance provided. Increased attention is being given to implementation assistance, as more countries have ratified more of the universal instruments. Moreover, continued attention will be given to ensuring adequate follow-up measures to initial assistance efforts undertaken. In particular, special attention will be given to assisting countries to put into practice the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (resolution A/RES/60/288, adopted on 8 September 2006). The Strategy encourages UNODC to enhance its provision of technical assistance to Member States and it encourages Member States to resort to the technical assistance delivered by the Office. This necessitates further significant expansion in the Global Project’s activities.
Purpose of the assignment:
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide national legal expertise in assisting the Branch to undertake its technical assistance activities.
As requested by the national authorities and determined by UNODC/TPB the incumbent will:
(i) Identify technical assistance needs in Pakistan by liaising with the relevant national stakeholders;
(ii) Initiate, participate in and/or undertake UNODC/TPB technical assistance activities: the tasks will include, but will not be limited to the substantive preparation of the technical assistance missions and workshops, legislative assistance for drafting and revising national laws on terrorism, advisory services to the relevant authorities on bringing its national laws in compliance with the requirements of the international legal instruments against terrorism, training of criminal justice officials on various aspects of the legal regime against terrorism;
(iii) Provide specialized legal expertise in the field of counter-terrorism for the elaboration and implementation of technical assistance strategies, substantive publications, tools and project activities on terrorism prevention in Pakistan;
(iv) Contribute substantively to partnership building, launch and implementation of joint initiatives with the relevant entities and organizations;
(v) Raise awareness among relevant national stakeholders about UNODC/ TPB’s technical assistance programme.
Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant:
The incumbent will carry-out the following activities:
• Liaise with relevant national stakeholders in Pakistan with a view to identify technical assistance needs and raise awareness about UNODC/ TPB’s assistance program.
• Provide specialized inputs for the elaboration and implementation of technical assistance strategies and project activities on counter-terrorism.
• Review national legislation pertaining to terrorism and identify areas of improvements.
• Provide expert inputs for the preparation of technical assistance tools and substantive publications pertaining to the universal legal regime against terrorism.
• Provide substantive contributions for building partnerships and joint initiatives with relevant entities and organizations.
Expected tangible and measurable output(s):
At the end of the contract, the incumbent would have (i) identified areas where technical assistance is needed at the national level; (ii) enhanced awareness among national stakeholders in Pakistan of UNODC/ TPB’s technical assistance program (iii) provided specialized legal expertise for the elaboration of technical assistance strategies and projects; (ii) provided inputs to the development of technical assistance tools and substantive publications in the counter-terrorism area; (iii) provided legal advisory services as requested ; and (iv) provided substantive contribution for building partnerships and joint initiatives.
Dates and details as to how the work must be delivered:
The Consultant will perform his/her functions under the overall guidance of the Chief, Terrorism Prevention Branch and the supervision of the Chief of the Counter Terrorism Legal Services Section I, in close consultation with the UNODC Office in Pakistan.
The Consultant will be called upon to work as and when required. A daily honorary remuneration will take into account the level of work carried out and the budgetary resources allocated. The exact number of workdays required and to be remunerated will be determined by UNODC/TPB and communicated to the consultant in email messages. The requirement is estimated not to exceed 40 working days from 1 September 2009 to 30 April 2010.
The consultant will submit an implementation report to UNODC/TPB with respect to the services provided along with a payment request form on a monthly basis, when employed.
The consultant will work from his/her own facilities. As required, UNODC will provide to the consultant access to the relevant substantive files and material, as well as access to facilities at TPB offices.
The consultant will undertake travel as requested and authorized by UNODC/TPB. Travel costs and related DSA are to be provided for each travel, in addition to the consultancy honorarium, as determined by UNODC/TPB, in accordance with the relevant United Nations Rules and Regulations.
Indicators to evaluate the consultant’s performance:
Performance indicators are: The quality and appropriateness of the specialized expertise, advice and input provided to UNODC/TPB and the requesting Government, taking also into account the timeliness, effectiveness and efficiency of the services.