Nov 13, 2016

Forensic Investigator

Employer:Adam Smith International
Location: Afghanistan

Adam Smith International is looking for experienced Forensic Investigators to support the capacity building of Afghan security services in the evidence collection, analysis and investigations process. Working with a team of Judges, Prosecutors and Counter-Terrorism Investigators, the Forensic Investigators will build Afghan security service capacity to lead their own investigations, and to build investigations on the basis of the evidence. This project aims to improve the quality of evidence collection after incidents have occurred, to support security services in evidence led investigations, and to ensure that cases are built, and tried, on the basis of that evidence.

Working with the broader counter-terrorism team, the Forensic Investigators will support Prosecutors in the building of cases against suspected terrorists, training Judges in their understanding of forensics evidence, and the evidence collection process. This is a combined technical and training role.

Skills and experience:

Experience controlling the site in the immediate aftermath of an incident, conducting site-based investigations to record and gather the available physical evidence

A strong understanding of security sector liaison, working with police, prosecutors and other actors to ensure the successful prosecution of suspects on the basis of the evidence

Investigation and evidence collection experience, including obtaining details regarding the background and circumstances surrounding the incident by interviewing individuals associated with the incident

Experience working with the broader investigations team to build a case on the basis of the evidence

Conducting detailed laboratory based examinations, and analysis

Providing expert witness evidence in Court


Have attained a good honours degree in a science or engineering discipline

Have gained several years of postgraduate experience

Experience of working in Afghanistan, or within the region.

Have an aptitude and enthusiasm for problem solving

Be self-motivated and be able to work effectively under pressure

Be practical, meticulous and able to work in a systematic manner

Have the ability to communicate technical concepts clearly, both verbally and in writing, to non-experts


Individuals should be willing to travel to Afghanistan to engage with stakeholders, and to direct and oversee forensics investigation and analysis training.

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