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Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator: Central African region, Yaoundé

The ISS seeks to appoint a Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator for the Pan-African Programme on Transnational Organised Crime (Pan-Af TOC). The programme will study transnational organised crime and work to strengthen policy and interventions in Africa, based on this new analysis.
The successful candidate will be responsible for liaising with programme stakeholders and representing the ISS at high-level meetings, seminars and briefings to promote the implementation of research findings in policy and programme interventions. She or he will also maintain a current understanding of the regional and national environments relating to Central Africa, including key TOC problems, responses and actors, and make recommendations to the programme team on priorities for research and action. The successful candidate will also organise capacity-building activities.
Applicants must be highly motivated with an exceptional ability to work under pressure, respond quickly and manage time effectively. The successful candidate will be based in Yaoundé and will report to the Programme Head.
About the Pan-African Programme on Transnational Organised Crime
The purpose of the Pan-Af TOC programme is to enhance African capacity to respond more effectively to transnational organised crime. The programme will establish five regional organised crime observatories to study transnational organised crime and strengthen policy and interventions in Africa.
Key stakeholders and beneficiaries of the programme’s work will include African policy makers and practitioners, including the African Union, inter-governmental institutions, civil society actors, as well as international actors operating on the continent (including the EU), the media and local communities.
Overview of duties
  • Build networks and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including but not limited to the African Union (AU), African inter-governmental institutions, regional and national government officials, EU representatives, CSOs, the media and others
  • Actively promote the sharing of research findings through organising meetings, briefings and seminars to key stakeholders and audiences, in liaison with programme team
  • Gather and share regional and national information with the programme team, and assist in identifying and responding to the needs of stakeholders
  • Identify policy support and policy implementation needs of stakeholders, and work with programme team to deliver assistance as required
  • Maintain a current understanding of the regional and national environments relating to the West African region, including key TOC problems and responses, key actors, and make recommendations to programme team relating to priorities for research and action
  • Identify capacity-building priorities of stakeholders and organise capacity-building courses
  • Undertake monitoring, evaluation and communications activities, as defined by the programme
  • Support the regular updating of information on the region, and countries in the region, on the African TOC Resource Hub website
  • Prepare written reports as required by the programme
  • Ensure that all expenditure (including travel, procurement and sub-contracting agreements) complies with required financial rules and procedures
    Overview of requirements
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • At least 7 years’ experience in research, policy support or technical assistance relating to inter-governmental institutions in the specified region
  • Demonstrable track record of knowledge relating to transnational organised crime, or a related field, in the specified region
  • At least 7 years’ experience in project management
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and French
  • Demonstrable track record of excellent interpersonal and networking skills, including the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and to establish effective working relationships both within and outside the organisation with a diversity of stakeholders
  • An extensive existing network among the project’s stakeholders; networks in the TOC or related fields would be an advantage
    The initial length of the contract will be for three (3) years, and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

HOW TO APPLY:
Email your application to Rekha Valabh at pretoriajobs@issafrica.org. Applicants must provide a cover letter and detailed CV, including at least three contactable referees. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
For more information and opportunities, visit www.issafrica.org/about-us/careers-and-opportunities
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