Forensic Disciplines and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems Senior Non-Key Expert (East Africa)

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Organization: Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance
Closing date: 17 Jan 2023

DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and gender equality. Since its founding in 2000, DCAF has contributed to making peace and development more sustainable by assisting partner states, and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, provides legal and policy advice and supports capacity‐building of both state and non‐state security sector stakeholders.

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For our Sub-Saharan Africa Division, we are seeking a: Forensic Disciplines and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems Senior Non-Key Expert

  • Location: East Africa,
  • Indicative Starting date: Upon Signature of the contract, indicative deployment dates are late January or early February
  • Latest End Date: One month after signature of the contract
  • Total number of working days: 20 working days

Objectives of the Assignment

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical support to police in East Africa in developing user and equipment specifications, procurement and delivery of an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Equipment.

Description of the Assignment

The overall assignment includes a mix between remote, desk-based work and a single mission of 5 days. The expert will be asked to undergo a review of the national fingerprint capacities of the police (in one East African country) and based on the review develop detailed specifications for enhancement of the finger print system or procurement of a new AFIS system. This includes an inception and initial assessment report (3-5 pages) detailing the options the Police may consider in developing an AFIS capability but also providing some analysis of the requirements to management and deploy the system in the medium to long-term. A determination of whether the current, moribund Idemia AFIS system, can realistically be reactivated and/or whether the existing digitised data sets can be retrieved. Developed and costed AFIS equipment specifications to include livescan options, installation, maintenance, licensing and user training. Identification of possible equipment suppliers who have a presence in East Africa with progressive levels of service provision to include back record conversion, options on storage capacity and remote work terminals

Recommendations on infrastructure and security of provided equipment. A final report with options and recommendations and a presentation thereof will be required.

Required Skills and Competencies

Required skills and qualifications of the individual consultant include:

  • Academic degree in a relevant field such as Forensic Science, Criminology, Crime Scene Investigation or another relevant discipline;
  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

General professional experience:

  • At least ten years of relevant professional experience in working with law enforcement or forensic services in the delivery of Automated Fingerprint Identification System investigative services;
  • Demonstrable competence in conducting research and report preparation;
  • Experience of working within a criminal justice system is an advantage;
  • Ability to conduct the assignment with minimum support;
  • Knowledge or experience of working in the East African region is a distinct advantage;
  • Experience in qualitative research, participatory data collection and analysis;
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in establishing strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Advanced computer literacy;
  • Fluency in English including excellent speaking, presentation, and written reporting abilities;
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Specific professional experience:

  • Demonstrable experience in conducting similar assignments including the design and implantation of AFIS systems;
  • At least three years of experience in the management of forensic criminal investigations;
  • An internationally recognised fingerprint expert/examiner status would be a distinct advantage;
  • Demonstrable experience and understanding of international standards in the fields of gender, children’s issues, equality and empowerment.

We offer

  • a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience
  • the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people
  • the chance to contribute to improving security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights

How to apply

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please apply online at by Tuesday, 17 January 2023, enclosing:

  • A one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF
  • A concise CV in English (maximum two pages)
  • List of 2 references

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.

Individuals who seek to serve with DCAF in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.



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