Programme Manager [Counter-Terrorism Digital Forensics Expert]

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    1 week ago
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    Management and Strategy, Peace and Security, Project Management, Security
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UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peacebuilding, 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 Portfolios Office (NYPO) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, and 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 for Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) to implement the activities of its project the EU-UN Global Terrorism Threats Facility.

UNOCT was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandate across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and 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 Strategy.

In April 2022, UNOCT and the European Union launched the EU-UN Global Terrorism Threats Facility (the Facility), with the overall objective to provide rapid and flexible support to Member States in building their capacities to detect, prevent, counter, investigate and respond to evolving terrorist threat, while ensuring respect for international law, including international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law as well as the rule of law. The Facility delivers three types of activities: (a) advisory and mentoring support through the deployment of experts in a number of thematic areas determined by Member States’ requests; (b) training activities or workshops; and (c) limited provision of light, non-lethal equipment. It operates according to the following principles: 1) it is demand-driven, based on official requests from a Member State; and 2) it is complementary to other UN and EU support. Support delivered by the Facility takes in consideration the recommendations from the assessment visits conducted by the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee, through its Executive Directorate (CTED).

To support the Facility, UNOPS is developing a roster of specialists (the Roster), members of which will deliver assistance across the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, depending on the specific need and context of the requesting Member States or regional organizations. The duration of the assignment depends on the tasks and deliverables assigned.

These are positions in UNOPS for supporting activities of the Facility. The incumbents of these positions will be personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility. The incumbents will become members of the Roster for the duration of the Facility, under a retainer contract. He or she will be offered short-term assignments, with possible field deployments, depending on the needs of the Facility or of the requesting Member States.



Under the supervision of the Cluster Head and in coordination with the Head of the EU-UN Global Terrorism Threats Facility, the Programme Manager [Counter-Terrorism Digital Forensics Expert] will be expected to deliver high-level technical expertise to support Member States in conducting digital forensics activities related to counter-terrorism, including:

  • Undertake missions and conduct in-depth consultations with Member States requesting assistance to support the assessment of the capacity-building needs of concerned national entities with respect to the application of digital forensics techniques and methodologies to gather, analyze, and preserve digital evidence related to counter-terrorism;
  • Develop recommendations to improve evidence collection, case management procedures, inter-agency coordination, and legal or legislative texts drafting related to digital forensics to ensure effective, rule of law-based and human rights-compliant conduct of counter-terrorism activities;
  • Conceptualize, design, deliver, and participate in the evaluation of relevant technical assistance activities, including on digital evidence collection and preservation, digital investigation techniques, cyber threats assessment, data recovery and analysis, malware analysis, and network forensics, to conduct rule of law-based and human rights-compliant investigations of terrorism-related cases;
  • Provide high-level advisory and/or mentorship services to national entities in charge of digital forensics in counter-terrorism with a view to strengthening their management, operational capabilities, and inter-agency coordination;
  • Prepare a variety of high-quality, written substantive outputs, including analyses, presentations, training materials, and summary reports, related to their assignments;
  • Ensure human rights issues and gender perspectives are integrated in their work.





  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in Digital Forensics, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or any related field is required; or
  • First-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with a minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience is required.

Work Experience required:

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in digital forensics related to counter-terrorism or other complex crimes, in accordance with international human rights law and other legal frameworks governing digital forensics, is required;
  • Experience in conducting digital investigations, data recovery, and evidence collection from various digital devices and platforms is required;
  • Knowledge of legal requirements related to digital evidence handling, preservation, and chain of custody in accordance with international law, including international human rights law, as well as international standards and good practices, is required;
  • Experience in the delivery of capacity-building activities or training courses in digital forensics related to counter-terrorism or other complex, transnational crimes is required.

Desirable (The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply):

  • Experience in supporting investigation of transnational crimes is desirable;
  • Experience working internationally with other law enforcement/security organizations is desirable;
  • Experience in designing and providing technical assistance to a range of audiences, including senior government officials, would be an asset;
  • Experience working in diverse country contexts, would be an asset.


  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
  • It will be considered a strong asset to be fluent in Arabic, French, Russian, or Spanish.



Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.



Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA) Retainer modality
Contract level: IICA-4
Contract duration: One (1) year with possibility of extension based on performance and funds availability
Duty station: Home based, with deployments to the field

A retainer contract is issued for a period of time during which the services of the individual contractor are required intermittently. The individual contractor agreement on retainer basis will specify a “unit price” per day worked. For budgetary purposes, a monetary cap will be determined when the contract is awarded and issued. Please note that the retainer contract will not provide for a minimum, and payment will be made only after completion of work

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


  • 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 staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • 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.