Forensic & Missing Persons Advisor
Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja
Panamá, Panamá, Panamá
hace 3 días
source : Konzerta

CONTEXT Over the course of the first semester of 2021, Panama faced the highest migration flow recorded in decades. The migration flow of 2021 was higher than the total migration flow of the past decade.

Venezuelans and Haitians remain the majority of the migrant community passing through Darien. However, extracontinental migrants such as Senegalese, Cameroonians, Congolese, Afghans, Venezuelans, Bangladeshi and Nepalese are also still passing through Darien.

Crossing the Darien Gap is one of the most dangerous parts of the Americas (and world’s) migration routes northwards and can take weeks to cross.

Harsh climate and terrain, poor sanitary conditions, hunger, dehydration, illness, risks of physical trauma, endemic diseases, kidnapping, sexual violence, extortions, disappearance and often death are all risks along this route.

Migrants are exposed to two main categories of risk : criminal gangs and the dangers of traversing the Darien. Organized criminal gangs systematically attack migrants while traveling.

A high number of deaths has been reported in Darien. This situation puts the forensic authorities in the area -already with limited resources- under a lot of pressure and also has an impact on the families who have lost their loved ones.

Purpose The Missing Persons and Forensic (MP / F) Advisor is responsible for implementing missing / forensic strategies, programs and action plans in the countries covered by the Panama Regional Delegation, ensuring alignment with the ICRC Missing and Forensic frameworks and in line with the Delegation’s strategic priorities.

The Forensic Specialist is responsible for implementing technical and strategic actions addressed to protect the dignity of the dead and their families.

S / he is in charge of implementing forensic actions aimed at : · Strengthening the response of the judicial sector, medicolegal system and SENAFRONT to search, recover and identify the bodies of deceased migrants.

  • The strengthening of the technical capacity of the authorities to carry out the search for the Missing (data collection and analysis, search strategy, location of the bodies and of gravesites and the recovery of human remains, and the involvement of the families) · Support interagency communication and coordination among the institutions involved in the search, recovery, analysis and identification processes.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the medicolegal system to respond to the ongoing needs due to migration and armed forces, sexual violence, and unidentified bodies.
  • This will contribute to improve ICRC’s engagement with affected people. · Support national and regional agencies as well as the Panamanian Red Cross with response to trace migrants and to effective response in emergencies that involve large scale deaths (natural disasters, pandemics, etc).

  • Developing a mechanism to support authorities with the identification of migrants (e.g., mechanism to exchange the information (fingerprint and DNA data).
  • The MP / F Advisor will also work to convene stakeholders, emphasizing a humanitarian forensic approach while facilitating communication and cooperation across the region.
  • Under the direct supervision of PAN PTL (line manager) and the Regional Forensic Manager (blue line) will be based in Panama and employ various modes of action (i.

    e. sensitization, persuasion, mobilization, and support) to address these challenges and improve management of missing migrants along the Darien Gap.

    RELATIONSHIPS Internally, the MP / F Advisor is a member of the PAN Protection Team; reports directly to the PTL and regularly interacts with other departments (e.

  • g. RCF, JUR). As needed, communicates with forensic / missing colleagues in the region, field, and headquarters. Externally, the MP / F Advisor interacts with authorities (local and regional authorities regularly;
  • national and international as needed), law enforcement, international organisations, diplomatic community, NGOs, regional organizations, and academics (academic, research or scientific institutions) on missing person and forensic-related issues.

    GENERAL DUTIES Understands and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

    Understands and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct. Understands the roles of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

    Respects and observes staff regulations and security rules at all times. Always represents the ICRC in a professional manner.

    Respects diversity and inclusion values of the delegation and ICRC. Develops and maintains a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers.

    Performs all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees, the ICRC, and affected / vulnerable persons.

    May be asked to perform tasks not covered in this JD and to support other departments when necessary. RESPONSIBILITIES The Forensic Advisor will support the ICRC’s missing and forensic operations in PAN Regional Delegation AoR implementing programmes for the dignified management of the dead and clarifying the fate of the missing for their families.

    Specifically, they will provide assistance to : 1. Forensic Strategy : Assist in developing and / or adapting the PAN missing / forensic strategy, specific objectives, plans of action, timelines, and budget, a.

    Implement forensic / missing programs and activities with allocated resources. 2. PfR / MfR : In consultation with the PTL, RFM, and HoOPs, contribute to the PfR (strategy, specific objectives, etc.

    and quarterly reporting for the MfR (Missing / Forensics). 3. Forensic Assessments : Conduct forensic analyses / assessments of the context, particularly in the search for missing migrants, management of the dead, identification processes and sexual violence.

    a. Monitor emerging humanitarian and environmental challenges. b. Contribute to forensic-related policies, concepts and approaches.

    c. Track forensic scientific developments and events related to missing persons, management of the dead, migration, and identification in the countries covered by the Delegation.

    4. Contribute to all regional initiatives on migration 5. Design a response in case of emergencies 6. Reporting : Provide briefings and reports as needed, including missing / forensic monthly / quarterly reports, End of Mission reports, Minutes of Meetings, Field Reports, and Assessments.

    a. Ensure relevant documents are stored properly on Team Space and shared appropriately with interlocutors. b. Update the ICRC’s Prot6 database with information regarding forensic / missing activities.

  • c. Research, collect, compile and share forensic-related information / data as needed. 7. Engagement : Efficiently engage and maintain network of relevant stakeholders;
  • a. Function as convener of stakeholders, facilitating cooperation and communication; b. Promote best practices on forensic science and optimal approaches in the framework of IHL principles and humanitarian forensic action;
  • c. Appropriately represent the ICRC on forensic-related issues (e.g. capacity building, promotion of forensic standards, external meetings, or workshops);
  • d. Promote the implementation of relevant up-to-date international forensic standards, including those applicable to missing persons and the management / identification of human remains.

    e. Conduct / participate in forensic / missing meetings, briefings, training sessions and workshops internally and externally.

    f. When relevant engage with the national society on forensic / missing related matters. 8. Contributes to the PAN Sexual Violence Strategy.

    9. Missing. Contributes to the missing activities of the Delegation and engage with families of the missing in order to understand their needs and advise accordingly.

    ADDITIONAL DUTIES · Follows up on all work-related messages and correspondence with the relevant contacts and departments · Is aware of the delegation’s objectives and has a good knowledge of the Movement and other contacts relevant to the position · Collects and shares information to improve the ICRC’s understanding of the environment and humanitarian trends and responses · Represents the ICRC in an appropriate way during activities, in meetings and in the field, and avoids any activity that may reflect negatively on the ICRC’s image · Fosters a conducive environment (multidisciplinary approach, good team dynamic) among team members.

    Experience in forensic case work .

  • At least 5 years post-graduate forensic case-work experience
  • English as a second language (B2 minimum)
  • Experience in report writing, and commitment towards the highest forensic scientific and ethical procedures
  • Readiness to work in proximity to affected people and communities
  • Proven contribution to scientific publications on forensic practice, especially in the field of humanitarian and human rights investigations
  • Experience in negotiations and public relations, particularly in promoting the implementation of professional and ethical standards in his / her field of expertise
  • Skills and experience in forensic training and capacity building at local levels, ability to adapt messages to different audiences Desirable professional experience :
  • Experience in forensic practice applied to humanitarian or human rights investigations in an operational context.
  • Interest in contributing to the development of forensic legal framework and on the implementation of protocols for forensic practice.
  • Availability to travel inside / outside of Panama. (Field Missions)
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