Western Balkans // Call for International and National Advisors

In the framework of the project: EU Support to Strengthen the Fight Against Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings in the Western Balkans, the Center for International Legal Cooperation is looking for three International Resident Prosecutorial Advisors and six  National Advisors (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia).


Against the backdrop of an escalating wave of irregular migration towards the European Union through the Western Balkans region, an imperative arises to bolster the capabilities and expertise of judicial authorities and law enforcement agencies. This urgent need is pivotal in effectively and efficiently combatting the pervasive issues of migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings (THB) that afflict the region.

In response to this critical demand and to offer indispensable support to the Western Balkans authorities, an ambitious project started which is funded collaboratively by the European Union, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands. This transformative initiative will be implemented through a strategic consortium comprising esteemed organizations such as GIZ, CIVIPOL, the Italian Ministry of the Interior, the Center for International Legal Cooperation, the German Federal Police, and the Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service. The project is strategically set to span across multiple countries in the Western Balkans, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia, over the course of the next four years.

Core Objective:
The project’s overarching mission is to substantially enhance the conditions for preventing and combating migrant smuggling and THB in the Western Balkans. To accomplish this vital objective, the project is designed around four dynamic components:

1. Collaborative Enforcement and Judiciary Empowerment:
Through fostering close collaboration between law enforcement agencies and judicial authorities, the project endeavors to cultivate an environment of joint action against criminal activities. This component encompasses both inter-institutional and intra-regional cooperation, ensuring a comprehensive approach towards addressing the complex challenges posed by migrant smuggling and trafficking.

2. Strengthening EU Partnerships and Regional Engagement:
A key focus lies in the amplification of partnerships with EU Member States and EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies. In an active engagement with the European Multi-disciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT), the project seeks to enable the Western Balkan authorities to contribute proactively to the broader European security landscape.

3. Empowerment and Protection of Vulnerable Individuals:
One of the central facets of the project involves empowering Western Balkan authorities and frontline workers with the knowledge and tools to adeptly recognize and provide essential protection to potential victims of human trafficking. These individuals will be seamlessly connected to state and non-state assistance and support services, ensuring comprehensive care and rehabilitation.

4. Border Security and Compliance with EU Standards:
To ensure that the Western Balkans align with EU standards and human rights, the project extends its support to border authorities. By countering and preventing trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling, the project endeavors to fortify border security while adhering to the highest ethical and legal standards.

Implementation Approach:
The successful realization of the project’s multi-faceted objectives hinges upon the collaboration of a diverse range of experts and embedded country teams (ECTs). These teams, comprising resident international police advisors, resident international prosecutorial advisors, national (legal) advisers, technical experts, project assistants, and administrative officers, will synergize their skills and expertise to execute this transformative endeavor.

This project is poised to make a lasting impact on the Western Balkans, engendering a more secure and protected environment, and reinforcing regional and international collaborations in the fight against migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings.

To read more about each vacancy click here. Deadline for applications are 25 and 30 August 2023.

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