UNOPS is hiring an International Consultant-Programme Management Specialist (Passenger Information Unit (PIU) Expert): Apply!! (homebased,multiple positions)

Background Information – Job-specific

UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

New York Portfolio Office (NYPO) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York – based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), and Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP). It provides Services to partners’ programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York. The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

UNOPS has signed an agreement with the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) to implement the project activities for the UNOCT Special Projects and Innovation Branch (SPIB), Countering Terrorist Travel Section (CTTS).The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established through the adoption of General Assembly resolution 71/291 on 15 June 2017. As set out in the report of the Secretary-General on the Capability of the United Nations to Assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/71/858), UNOCT is mandated to (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates entrusted to the Secretary-General from across the United Nations system; (b) enhance coordination and coherence to ensure the balanced implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for the United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e)ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations system and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

On 7 May 2019, UNOCT launched a flagship capacity-building initiative entitled ‘the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CT Travel),’ which is implemented in partnership with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), INTERPOL and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It seeks to support Member States to prevent, detect, investigate, and prosecute terrorist offenses and serious crime, including their related travel, by using Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2396 (2017) and 2482 (2019). This Programme is fully aligned with the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and will contribute to Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, in particular the target on ‘strengthening relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.’
The incumbent of this position will be personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Contribute actively to the design, development, and delivery of training curricula, training relevant materials, and agenda.
  • Participate and contribute to country consultation visits and assessments.
  • In coordination with the Countering Terrorist (CT) Travel Law Enforcement Expert, the Programme Coordinator, and the Training Team, develop presentations, and practical exercises and deliver training.
  • Support, organize, and undertake study and/or exchange visits with Member States that already have functional and operational PIU, virtual or in person.
  • Coordinate the development and delivery of mentoring activities to build the capacity of prioritized PIUs.
  • Support operational working groups and national authorities in establishing their PIUs through direct engagement with the operational working groups.
  • Participate, cooperate, and coordinate with CT Travel partners and relevant CT Travel activities, substantively contributing and providing operational inputs to national, regional and global activities in matters related to API/PNR and Pillar 2 implementation.
  • Draft mission report, presentations, and documents related to the above-mentioned trainings.

Expected tangible and measurable output(s)/deliverable(s):

The international consultant will be in charge of planning and organizing capacity-building activities to be implemented as part of the overall strategy on the use and analysis of API/PNR data for law enforcement purposes, including detailed work plans, estimated budget and identification of experts (trainers/mentors).
More specifically, the international consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

1. Trainings:

  • Assist in the design of training curricula, training relevant materials, and agenda as per the below deliverables.
  • Provision of the training materials (PowerPoints and other relevant training-related documents)
  • Active participation in the delivery of the training for the selected agencies mentioned in the project (in-person and/or online).
  • Deliver capacity-building assistance on specialized aspects of the use and analysis of API/PNR for law enforcement purposes to governments, in particular, staff of Passenger Information Units (PIUs) as well as other relevant law enforcement agencies and entities, with the support of relevant experts in specialized areas including training, on-the-job mentoring, and train-the-trainer training.
  • Initiate, develop, coordinate or contribute to training materials to support and sustain programme/project goals and outputs. Identify possible e-learning tools on related issues and provide training on the use of such tools.

2. Passenger Information Unit (PIUs) visits

  • Organize study and/or exchange visits with Member States that already have functional and operational PIUs and facilitate short-term deployment of experts to newly established PIUs (online and in-person).
  • Participate and contribute in country consultation visits and assessments and allow a better understanding of the structures, models, sizes, and processes of establishment of other PIUs based on the roadmap, to agree on the funding, staffing and stakeholder management to ensure commitment and support on all relevant levels in each Member State, as well as in the institutional positioning of PIU.
  • Identify experts to contribute to extending the Program’s Pool of Experts
  • Reach out to additional operational PIUs to create opportunities for cooperation and further globalize the network of partners.
  • Update the PIU visit tracker accordingly.

3. Operational working groups

  • Review current capacity-building needs of Member States in terms of API/PNR, in coordination with the Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Air passenger data) and organize Operational Working groups accordingly (online and/or in-person, when back-to-back with trainings and/or PIU visits)
  • Supporting national authorities in establishing their PIUs through direct engagement with the operational working group
  • Organize sessions to facilitate an exchange of best practices and lessons learned among Member States.
  • Assist Member States in drafting operational documentation (Terms of Reference, Standards of Procedure.

Education/Experience/Language requirements



  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal justice, criminology, law, political science, management or other related fields is required.
  • A first-level university degree in the aforementioned fields in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Formal qualifications or certifications from a recognized national or international customs authority, police academy, or military-training institution, supplemented by specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, or law enforcement, in combination with four (4) additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the first level university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in law, criminology, or another criminal justice field at both national and international levels is required.
  • Work experience with the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


  • Fluency in English (write, read, talk) is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Contract type, level, and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA).
Contract level: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA-2, ICS-10).
Contract duration: Ongoing contract (Until the 31st of December 2024, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance, availability of funds and necessity of services).

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Additional Information

Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

How to apply

 Closing date: 13 Jun 2024

Duty Station: Homebased

To apply, please click here

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