29 November 2021
Frontex is creating an external experts database and has published a list of the roles it is seeking, ranging from a "civil engineer for camp management and administration," to experts in social media surveillance and an "expert in intelligence gathering officers education".
A call for expressions of interest invites specialists to apply to be included in Frontex’s database of experts on a variety of specific topics.
Amongst other posts likely to cause alarm amongst human rights advocates, the agency is seeking a “civil engineer for camp management and administration” who will “monitor and supervise construction works”, indicating intensification of the hotspot approach.
Echoing the agency’s previously stifled attempts to monitor social media, an expert is required to “support the development/maintenance of effective keyword based searches”, and to provide “expertise on social media monitoring solutions”.
The expert needs “sound knowledge of migration relates [sic] issues”, and “at least 5 years of experience in media monitoring for operational purposes at the national or EU level”.
An “Air surveillance mission coordinator” is required for image analysis, video editing, support to mission planning, and coaching of Frontex staff.
Intelligence and externalisation
An "expert in intelligence gathering officers education", with expertise in debriefing, screening and nationality assumption, and/or interview techniques, is required to develop, support and implement training courses which target intelligence gathering officers, including those conducting debriefing, second-line interview and screening.
The agency has previously insisted, in response to questions from Statewatch, that:
"Frontex does not recruit informants and doesn’t perform any covert technics similar to ones applied by national law enforcement authorities."
Training programmes are also set to require a maritime border security expert, a coast guard functions expert, a EUROSUR expert, and a risk analysis training expert, amongst other things.
An “Africa Border Security Expert” will assist with “field visits, interviews, research etc.” and “elaborate feasibility studies and gap analyses related to third countries’ border management/security, risk analysis/intelligence analysis and information exchange capabilities”.
Workshops and trainings will be “in line with Frontex mandate and methodology (IBM, CIRAM)” - 'Integrated Border Management' and 'Common Integrated Risk Analysis Methodology'.
The profile requirements for this role stipulate work experience in border management, migration management, intelligence, cooperation with third country authorities, oral and written French, and “EU Confidential” security clearance.
Frontex is also seeking an “IT specialist for project support and implementation in Africa”.
Expert rates and registers
Experts will be paid between €250 and €450 a day for their work on assignments, up to 300 working days.
Details on any experts undertaking a contract worth more than €15,000 will be published on Frontex’ website by the end of June in the year following the contract award, and remain available for two years.
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