The mission of the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is to create a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger–-more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For nearly 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.
Provision of Cyber Technical Support to Assist Investigations at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Communications Forensics and Cybercrimes Division (CFCD) and the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).
PADF seeks qualified expertise from subject matter experts (SMEs) for a project focusing on strengthening Jamaica’s ability to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes. This proposed intervention addresses the need in Jamaica to: i) diagnose and measure the nature and scope of the initial workload (e.g., numbers and types of cybercrimes reported and prosecuted); ii) evaluate the performance and operational effectiveness of individual institutions within the system (e.g., numbers of police investigations completed and of cases transferred from police to prosecutors, percentage of investigations or tried cases resulting in a conviction, recidivism rates upon release from prison, etc.); iii) determine whether the individual institutions in the system (police, prosecutors, judicial system, prisons) are working in alignment; and iv) identify the impact of the system on the broader objective of reducing cybercrimes.
PADF is looking for several subject matter experts to conduct remote and/or in-country consultancies for a projected program start date of August 2021. An offer of short-term or medium-term consultancy is contingent upon award and approval from the donor, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Consultants will be working under one or more of the following project objectives:
Objective 1: Assess Jamaica’s cybercrime investigative capacity, including internal policies and cooperation. This will include identifying other international donors and government initiatives to ensure coordination, avoid duplication of efforts, and identify key connection points to pilot.
Objective 2: Advise on legislative, procedural, and technical interventions for appropriate government-wide responses to cybercrimes with a focus on how to enable JCF and MOCA to investigate and prepare cybercrime cases for prosecution more efficiently and effectively.
Objective 3: Strengthen MOCA and JCF CFCD capacity to investigate and prosecute cyber and cyber-enabled crimes through targeted capacity building programs and case mentorship.
Notwithstanding that specific terms of reference will be discussed with selected consultants, in general terms, the main tasks to be performed relate to:
- Provide training, advice, and mentorship to the cybercrime investigations unit inside MOCA to develop their capacity to investigate cybercrimes performed by organized criminal groups and adhere to best practices to collaborate efficiently and effectively amongst themselves as well as prosecutors.
- Organize and conduct seminars on detection, investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of cybercrimes and provide technical guidance to host government staff as needed.
- Provide guidance on developing lower-level cases into larger conspiracy cases that can be presented to the justice system
- Assist in improving the current case file management system, to include preparing proper cases in a timely manner to lighten the caseload and to determine the severity of the case in order to determine how the case should be prioritized or even disposed of.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, computer science, or information science.
- Information systems, engineering, law, criminology, criminal justice, political science, police studies or related field is required. A Bachelor’s degree in similar fields in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant technical experience in government, public, or private sector in countering transnational organized crime, particularly cyberthreats or cybercrimes or a related area is required. International experience in criminal investigations is required. Government experience is preferred.
- Experience in the implementation of counter-cybercrime technical assistance projects as well as a practical background in supervising, mentoring, and training is required.
- Experience designing adult learning courses and curriculum strongly preferred.
- Experience working with donor-funded projects strongly preferred.
- Experience working as an advisor of a program funded by the U.S. Department of State strongly preferred.
- Ability to write about general and legal issues clearly and concisely in English, to express complex ideas in a clear and logical and highly professional way.
About the OrganizationAbout PADF
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) believes in creating a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger—more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For nearly 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.