National Consultant: Fisheries value chain analysis towards crime prevention – Freetown

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Posted 2 years ago

The global fishing industry is characterized by a high level of illegality that has a negative impact on the economies, livelihoods and sustainable development. Crimes in the fisheries sector refers to a wilde range of criminal offences that occur at each stage of the fisheries value chain. These include fraud, forgery, corruption, tax evasion, etc. These crimes are different to Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, although they often occur at the same time.

In addressing crimes in the fisheries sector, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Environment Team bases its technical assistance on a “value chain” approach, which identifies the value chain stages,  agencies involved, and possible entry points for different types of crimes. The purpose of adopting a value chain approach is a two-fold: firstly, it allows for the identification of the numerous points along the chain at which different types of criminal offences typically occur. Secondly, it allows for the highlighting of potential entry points for law enforcement interventions in identifying, investigating and prosecuting crime throughout the sector.

The UNODC Environment Team, under the framework of the “Enhanced Resiliency and Living Conditions for Vulnerable Communities Addressing Economic, Health, and Food Security Challenges due to Impacts of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone” project,  will conduct a value chain analysis of the fisheries sector in Sierra Leone. The analysis will identify the different stages of the fisheries value chain specific to the context in these three countries, the different agencies involved in each of the stages of the value chain and the potential vulnerabilities/entry points for crimes in each of the stages. This analysis will help identify needs for potential technical assistance to address the vulnerabilities of the fisheries value chain to different forms of crime such as fraud and forgery, corruption, tax crime, etc. It will also sensitize the different agencies on the need for enhanced inter-agency cooperation to address crimes in the fisheries sector. The workshop organized for this purpose will contribute towards enhancing this collaboration.

To this end, UNODC Environment Team is seeking an expert consultant to carry out the necessary research, consultations and drafting of the value chain analysis for the fisheries sector in Sierra Leone. The analysis will be validated during a multi-agency workshop that facilitated by the consultant and UNODC staff. The consultant be responsible for organizing and leading the workshop and the drafting of the analysis report.

The assignment envisages approximately 30 working days spread between October and Novenber 2022.

The value chain analysis will serve as a basis for two related, targeted technical assistance planned under the same project, including a corruption risk assessments using UNODC’s Rotten Fish Guide on Addressing Corruption in the fisheries sector and capacity building activities for maritime law enforcement actors.

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