ICITAP is a law enforcement development organization whose mission is to work with foreign governments to develop effective, professional, and transparent law enforcement capacity that protects human rights, combats corruption, and reduces the threat of transnational crime and terrorism, in support of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.
The Counter Narcotics Advisor will support the Embassy’s Counternarcotics Program by advising and mentoring OCERTID, Benin’s lead agency for drug enforcement. The Embassy’s overall program goal is to help OCERTID move beyond convictions for drug users and drug mules. The contractor’s role is to mentor OCERTID on proven, industry-standard techniques to investigate international drug trafficking and related organized crimes. The advisor may identify other law enforcement units involved in drug seizures and investigations that support the work of OCERTID or have concurrent authority that can benefit from his assistance.
The Advisor will coordinate with the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benin, particularly the Senior Law Enforcement Advisor (SLEA) and Resident Legal Advisor (RLA), and the Head of the Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Advises OCERTID’s Chief on a strategy to investigate individuals involved in international drug trafficking and related crimes.
Advises OCERTID’s Chief on policies and practices that may improve interdiction of drugs, evidence collection, record keeping and reporting, handling of sensitive information, and interrogation of suspects.
Assists OCERTID’s Chief in drafting Standard Operating Procedures to help clarify duties and responsibilities of officers and detectives involved in drug seizures and investigations.
Promotes record keeping and sharing of seizure data for major illicit drugs to CILAS.
Serves as a subject matter resource in residence to respond to questions related to active cases or management of drug seizures; develops and delivers trainings for OCERTID officers linked to common/representative questions.
Advises on ways to use the successful interdiction of level one drug traffickers to reach other drug criminals, and how to proactively share this information with neighboring countries
Makes recommendations to the SLEA and RLA on topics for training workshops, and works with the SLEA and RLA as requested, to help cater training content to specific needs of OCERTID participants.
Identifies equipment needs and may recommend participants for ILEA and RTC trainings.
Exchanges information with French or UK counter-narcotics advisors to inform work and enhance effectiveness. Provides support for TDY visits by DEA analysts and Lagos-based agents.
Informs the INL Coordinator, through both regular written reports and regular verbal communication, of substantive counter narcotics and management issues.
Prepares a report within 90 days of deployment that provides an overview of Benin’s narcotics law enforcement apparatus on paper and in practice. The report should provide the contractor’s assessment of the strengths/gaps in operational framework, responsibilities between units, and legal authority to conduct intelligence-led, proactive investigations.
Prepares a final report within 180 days of deployment that assesses the greatest impediments to complex drug investigations and prosecutions in Benin.
At the end of each month, the Counter narcotics Advisor shall provide a 1 page report to the INL Coordinator in Cotonou for inclusion in the INL Monthly Reporting cable, and shall send a courtesy copy of this report to the INL Benin Program Officer in Washington, DC. This report should include:
Brief readouts of significant meetings, trainings delivered, and functions attended for the previous reporting period (note: this should not be exhaustive, but only include the most significant).
Any additional commentary/recommendations related to Beninese law enforcement/counternarcotic programming.