United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)

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International Consultant on Drug Trafficking and other Forms of Transnational Organized Crime (DTOC) Comprehensive Analysis

Location: Bissau, Guinea Bissau
Application Deadline: 16.08.2018. 23:59

The Security Council has mandated the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) to assist, coordinate and lead international efforts in support of the national government to combat Drug trafficking and other forms of Transnational Organized Crime (DTOC), in close cooperation with UNODC, in order to achieve political and economic stability in the country. Acknowledging the threat posed by DTOC to the political, security, socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the sub-region, Guinea-Bissau and its neighborhood have been identified as the weakest link in the international efforts to combat drug trafficking within West Africa.

Guinea-Bissau has been described as a ‘narco-state’ and a drug trafficking hub. However, some studies consider that using the term ‘narco-state’, where much of the state has little or no capacity, is inappropriate. Few studies analyze how drug trafficking has evolved in Guinea-Bissau and how it impacts the political, security, socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the country and sub-region.

Nevertheless, perceptions that Guinea-Bissau remains a major transit and repackaging hub for drugs flowing from other continents to regional and northern hemisphere markets persist. Its geography makes detection difficult and porous borders a safe route, thus victimizing the whole country and sub-region. The security of lives and property of citizens and residents in Guinea-Bissau and the sub-region is threatened by DTOC. Since campaigns against drug trafficking across the world do not seem to have impacted positively on Guinea-Bissau, it is imperative that a comprehensive analysis on DTOC in Guinea-Bissau and the sub-region be launched.


The purpose of the consultancy is to provide a comprehensive DTOC analysis of the relevant issues, inclusive of geo-political, socio-economic and security aspects and impact, that will provide a baseline study for informed strategic interventions at the origin, transit and destination.

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Rule of Law Officer

Location: Bissau, Guinea Bissau
Application Deadline: 08.08.2018. 23:59

This position is located in the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea- Bissau (UNIOGBIS), Bissau. The incumbent is a Rule of Law Officer specialized in DTOC and reports to the Director of Rule of Law and Security Institutions Service through the Senior Police Adviser, in UNIOGBIS, closely coordinating with the UNODC regional office.


Within delegated authorities, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 

  • Contribute to mandate implementation in Drug Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime (DTOC) areas of the rule of law effort and will maintain a strong interaction with interlocutors in state institutions and civil society;
  • Provide strategic and technical advice to national authorities to address drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, in cooperation with UNODC. Ensure support to the effective functioning of the Transnational Crime Unit (TCU) and other national counter-narcotic mechanisms and units and facilitate and coordinate information exchange on combating drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.
  • Provide policing expertise and technical services to law enforcement units to enhance intelligence collection and analysis, surveillance, investigations, tactical operations and international coordination.
  • Provide specialized training/mentoring activities to the TCU and national law enforcement agencies, aimed at strengthening their expertise, operational capacity at national and regional level, as well as ability to coordinate inter-agency operations and investigations.
  • Collect, analyze and report on modus operandi, cases, seizures, arrests, trends, and develop recommendations to address organized crime.

Human Rights Officer

Location: Bissau, Guinea Bissau
Application Deadline: 12.06.2018. 23:59

The UNIOGBIS Human Rights Section supports the Government of Guinea-Bissau in implementing its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, and preventing and addressing violations. The Section focuses on: monitoring, reporting and accountability for human rights violations; protection issues; administration of justice, including transitional justice; and partnership with civil society and national institutions. The Human Rights Section monitors and reports publicly and to the Security Council on violations of international human rights law and on abuses and violations committed throughout the country, and to prevent such violations and abuses, reports on violations and abuses committed against children and women, including all forms of sexual violence; assists Guinea-Bissau authorities in the effort to protect and promote human rights; manages a human rights database; designs, implements and delivers, in close consultation with human rights organizations and other relevant partners, a mission-wide protection strategy.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Coordinating, supervising and conducting human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights law in the mission area; 
  • Coordinating the monitoring of, and evaluating the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and policies, and advising, where appropriate, relevant stakeholders; 
  • Contributing to, and where required, coordinating the implementation of the Human Rights Due-Diligence Policy on UN support to non UN forces including by coordinating risk assessments and ensuring relevant human rights monitoring information is gathered, as well as advises on support and follow-up for the implementation of the Policy;
  • Drafting, reviewing and coordinating the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including public human rights reports; 

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Policy and Research Papers

Which institutional reforms for Guinea-Bissau?

The institutional reforms put forth in the October 2016 Conakry Agreement have a long history in Guinea-Bissau. They are unavoidable and will have to be implemented sooner or later. In order to facilitate discussions on these reforms among political actors and in civil society, the Institute for Security Studies, at the request of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), has developed a series of policy briefs on constitutional reform, as well as on reforms to political party legislation, electoral laws, the justice sector, and the defence sector and security. This note discusses the main recommendations.

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