Associate Programme Officer

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, Austria

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th March, 2021

Job Description

This position is located in the Global Programme against Money Laundering(GPML) of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the GPML Programme Officer (IFF, AML/CFT), and the overall guidance of the Programme Coordinator heading GPML. The Representative of the Country Office in Afghanistan may act as an Additional Reporting Officer. The incumbent may undertake missions to Afghanistan and other countries as required.


Within assigned authority, the incumbent of the position will perform the following specific duties:

  •  Contribute to the development and delivery of technical assistance, mentoring and training to national agencies in areas of illicit financial flows and AML/CFT law enforcement, prosecutions, financial investigations, criminal asset forfeiture, capacity building for financial intelligence units, and cooperation with the private and NGO sectors by liaising closely with relevant institutions in Afghanistan and the Middle East, North Africa region (MENA), and other regions as required.
  •  Participate in awareness-raising and needs assessment activities related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT; review existing legal, regulatory, and law enforcement capacity in States and contribute to reports with recommended actions; cooperate with national counterparts on technical assistance needs in order to assist in their implementation of international standards related to AML/CFT.
  •  Undertake outreach activities; contribute to the delivery of training workshops, seminars, etc. related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT; hold presentations on assigned topics/activities; provide guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties. Contribute to the organization of training with regard to the implementation of sanctions pursuant to the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1267, 1988 and 1373.
  •  Support international cooperations in relation to AML/CFT.
  •  Assist in the development and delivery of professional development/accreditation systems for AML/CFT practitioners.
  •  Work in close cooperation with the GPML Programme Officer (focal point for Counter-Financing of Terrorism), the Terrorism Prevention Branch, the AML/CFT Adviser in Afghanistan and UNODC staff in the Middle East; backstop mentors; participate in meetings of the Middle East, North Africa region Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF), Asia/Pacific Group (APG), and other regional bodies as necessary.
  •  Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT and contribute to their promotion among Member States.
  • Draft substantive inputs to reports to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), and other legislative and technical bodies.
  •  Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned AML/CFT-related programmes/projects, etc. Contribute to fundraising and meetings/briefings with donors. As requested, attend policy-making and technical meetings to monitor and analyze events and discussions.
  •  Assist in monitoring the expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility; draft parts of or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme or project documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc.
  •  Perform other work-related duties as required.



Has understanding and knowledge of the problem of illicit financial flows from crime and terrorism; has knowledge of money laundering and combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT), and proceeds of crime/asset forfeiture legislation, as well as the relevant international instruments and mandates of the UN and UNODC, FATF; has knowledge of recommendations and the mutual evaluation process; and those of the FATF-Style Regional Bodies; is able to assist in the development of professional training materials, including in relation to UNSCR 1267/1988/1373 and the delivery of expert-level training courses; has knowledge of AML/CFT legislation and implementation capacities in general and is able to apply them to the situation of Afghanistan and other countries; has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and Organizing:

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university (Master's degree or equivalent) in the field of law is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).


  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in the area of professional experience, in civil and/or criminal law, including case preparation on illicit financial flows, anti-money laundering and the counter-financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.
  • Experience in providing support to law enforcement officers and prosecutors is required.
  • Work experience related to Afghanistan and/or the Middle East region is desirable.
  • Experience in supporting the development and/or delivery of AML/CFT capacity building in developing countries, including training, is desirable.
  • Experience in projects related to Money and Value Transfer Services is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


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