Senior Programme Manager [Counter-Terrorism Open-source intelligence (OSINT)

  • Anywhere
Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 27 Sep 2023

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.

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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.

Functional Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Cluster Head and in coordination with the Head of the EU-UN Global Terrorism Threats Facility, the Senior Programme Manager [Counter-Terrorism Open-Source intelligence (OSINT) expert] will be expected to deliver high-level technical expertise to support Member States in developing open-source intelligence capabilities related to counter-terrorism cases, 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 collection of open-source information/intelligence related to terrorism cases;
  • Develop recommendations to improve case management procedures, inter-agency coordination, and legal or legislative texts related to open-source intelligence to ensure effective, rule of law-based and human rights-compliant investigations of terrorism-related cases;
  • Conceptualize, design, deliver and participate in the evaluation of relevant technical assistance activities, including on the collection and analysis of open-source information, including on the darknet and related to crypto-currencies, and the management of e-evidence to ensure the 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 supporting terrorism-related investigations 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.

Education/ Experience/ Language requirements:




  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in International Law, Law, Public Affairs/Public Administration, 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 open-source intelligence collection, including on the darknet or regarding crypto-currencies, in accordance with applicable 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, including training, related to the collection and use of open-source intelligence in support of terrorism-related or other complex, transnational crimes investigations, in accordance with international human rights law, is required;

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

  • Experience in supporting the investigation of terrorism cases or other 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.

Contract type, level and duration:

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

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