Expert in investigation of environmental crime

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  • Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
  • Requisition ID: SER000006
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: one
  • Location: OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Prishtine / Pristina
  • Posting Date: Oct 21, 2021
  • Closing Date: Nov 4, 2021
  • Target Start Date: Nov 19, 2021
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)


Specialized training on Environmental Crime as an enabled crime by the organized crime patterns is a response to a request made by the Kosovo Police/Directorate for Investigating Serious Crimes in 2020. The variety of environmental crime inter alia comprises dumping and illicit trade in hazardous waste and illegal logging and the associated trade in stolen timber in violation of applicable laws. These crimes are liable for prosecution. It is also a truism that international organized crime groups profit from such crimes across the globe. The request being made by Kosovo Police (KP) encompasses knowledge of environmental crimes and their identification, prevention and combating. Based on past experience, the training will bring together KP, prosecutors, judges, Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure, and municipal officials  , with the aim to enhance their co-operation and understanding of how to take joint and co-ordinated actions in dealing with such crimes. Furthermore, there will be a brainstorming session involving representatives of civil society organisations in order to discuss and tackle the phenomena of the environmental crime.

The Environmental Crime Section is an organizational part of the Kosovo Police Directorate of Serious Crime Investigation, and is responsible for processing of criminal reports related to forests (e.g. illegal logging and associated trade in stolen timber), illegal river straightening/damaging riverbeds, illegal exploitation of quarries, large-scale air/water pollution etc.

Objective of Assignment: 

The objective of the training is to increase the knowledge of participants on how to identify, prevent and combat environmental crime. Special focus will be put on illegal woodcutting and storage of hazardous waste.

Duration of Assignment:

The expert will be hired for 6 working days

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Activity Manager, the international expert will familiarize the participants on new forms and patterns of environmental crimes and comprehensive approach to reducing and combating environmental crime, conducted in close co-operation between police, prosecution and judiciary and other relevant institutions.

The international expert will be responsible for the following

  • Develop a presentation on successful investigations into environmental crime in his/her home administration. He/she should do this in consultation with the Activity Manager and deliver the agenda and presentation slides prior to the training.
  • Depict the essential components such as commissioning of an investigation into environmental crime, command and control of sensitive operations, multi-agency approach, and determining an investigative strategy.
  • Conduct pre- and post-evaluation knowledge test of the participants.
  • Facilitate the brainstorming session with participants


  • By 19 November 2021, submit the presentation, agenda and corresponding materials to the Activity Manager for approval and potential amendment;
  • From 6 to 10 December 2021 deliver a five-day presentation to 20-25 training participants, covering, but not limited to the following areas:
    • Successful conduct of investigations into environmental crime pursuant to the Kosovo Criminal Code.
    • Real-life cases being successfully investigated by the lecturer or others and simulated as joint exercises during the training.
    • The importance of an Investigative Plan.
    • Pros and Cons of centralized and decentralized investigations.
    • Brainstorming and open discussion with participants on the subject matter.
  • By 20 December 2021 deliver a final report to the Project Manager summarizing  the observations during the training, identified legislative gaps on  the topic, as well as future actions recommendations.

Performance Indicators:

  • Final presentation, agenda, and corresponding materials are submitted;
  • Five-day presentation delivered as scheduled and planned in the requested format and meeting the requirements of the Activity Manager;
  • Drafted concise evaluation report with recommendations;
  • Positive feedback from the participants (verbally and written) is received.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • A bachelor degree from a University of Applied Sciences or equivalent from another public education institute in law enforcement or a similar discipline such as jurisprudence.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in investigating environmental crimes.
  • Investigative experience in supervisory capacity of at least (5) years.
  • Proven experience in delivering specialized training courses in the context of environmental crimes.
  • Cultural sensitivity and sound professional judgment;
  • Excellent spoken and written English language is essential..

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.

In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under vacancies. Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: In line with your qualifications please indicate preference to one or more field of expertise listed above (while using the online application the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or inother languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.

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