Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Almaty, UNODC Programme Office in Kazakhstan, operating under the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and will work in close cooperation with the UNODC Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML). The Adviser will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia and the Head of GPML. The incumbent will also work in close coordination and cooperation with the Programme Coordinator of Sub-programme 1 (SP1) of UNODC ROCA. The work of the incumbent will be planned in consultation with the Regional Office for Central Asia and with substantive input from the Head of GPML. The incumbent will work closely and liaise with law enforcement staff and the anti-corruption adviser in ROCA.
Within assigned authority, the Adviser will perform the following specific duties:
- Work directly with the national authorities to provide Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) advice, training and technical assistance to support the development and implementation of the AML/CFT regime in Central Asia and South Caucasus, with a particular focus on counter illicit financial flows, narcotics trafficking and CFT.
- Work with all AML/CFT competent authorities to increase capacity in implementing: (i) financial investigations; (ii) interagency cooperation; (iii) international cooperation; (iv) prosecution of economic crimes; and (v) increasing the effective implementation of the AML and CFT laws.
- Coordinate interagency cooperation related to the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the United Nations Transnational Organised Crime Convention, International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism; and the Financial Action Task Force International Standards on Combatting Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation, and the implementation and development of a national policy framework based upon international instruments and norms.
- Provide (i) mentoring services on financial investigation, counter financing of terrorism, implementation of the AML law, CFT law and related legislation, case management, and other relevant topics; and, (ii) training and capacity building, in accordance with the Member States in Central Asia and South Caucasus’s national policy and legislative frameworks, their mutual accountability frameworks, national and thematic risk assessments, nationally adopted recommendations of assessments and evaluations and consideration of developments in international policy.
- In line with UNODC’s strategic assistance plan as continuously aligned to government strategy: provide specialised advice and support to capacity building through mentoring of competent authorities, including but not limited to the financial intelligence units (FIU), law enforcement agencies (LEA), prosecuting authorities, intelligence and security agencies, central bank and regulatory and supervisory agencies, and provide advice and support in the areas of operational practices which address implementation gaps.
- Support the development of public-private sector partnerships and engagement with civil society.
- Participate in the development of UNODC's multi-year strategic approach.
- Participate in the alignment of UNODC’s AML/CFT assistance strategy to the Member States of Central Asia and South Caucasus’s risk assessments and implementation strategy.
- Represent UNODC at the Eurasia Group and MONEYVAL (FATF-style regional bodies) meetings and participate in FATF initiatives.
- Within the UN team and in collaboration with national counterparts, provide advice and develop training on management of information flows and case management and agency feedback, including platforms and systems based on thematic, sectoral and international ML and TF risk.
- Develop personnel training programmes and professional development platforms for AML/CFT practitioners, organise operational case meetings with participation of the LEAs, intelligence and security agencies and prosecutors.
- Supplement and update existing training programmes.
- Plan and coordinate the delivery of AML/CFT technical assistance, including for the establishment of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), platforms, manuals and systems. Develop and deliver training curricula; develop manuals and guidance documents; coordinate, conduct and deliver inter-agency technical workshops.
- Participate in regular discussions with officers of GPML and of the Terrorism Prevention Branch on all matters having an impact on the programme.
- As co-chair, support the implementation of the Illicit Financial Flows Pillar of the Paris Pact Initiative and the activities of the Central Asia Regional Information Coordination Centre (CARICC).
- Support GPML in the delivery of AML/CFT technical assistance to member states in the region.
- Support UNODC work including joint UN country team efforts in the region to advance work related to prevention illicit financial flows under SDG Goal 16 and target 16.4 monitoring as well as on inclusion on integrated financing frameworks for the SDGs.
- Develop policy advocacy and strategic partnerships with national and international stakeholders for joint programming.
- Develop new proposals for resource mobilization.
- Perform other work-related duties, as required.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, economics, finance, development, international relations or a related area is required. A first-level university degree or equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.
- A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional work experience in AML/CFT law enforcement, including inter-agency working and international cooperation, is required.
- Experience as a manager and investigator in a proceeds of crime and / or dedicated counter financing of terrorism investigation unit, preferably having worked closely with police, prosecutors, customs personnel, financial intelligence units and other relevant AML/CFT professionals is required.
- Experience in development, management and delivery of AML and CFT technical assistance and providing advice on AML and CFT at operational and policy levels is required.
- Experience in implementing technical assistance projects relating to AML/CFT professional development and accreditation systems is required.
- Experience in training/advising Financial Intelligence Units, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and/or other officials in matters relating to the detection, investigation and disruption money laundering and the financing of terrorism is desirable.
- Experience as an FATF evaluator, including conducting FATF 4th round evaluations in the region is desirable.
- Experience of working with a multilateral organisation and multi-cultural environment is desirable.
- Experience working in Central Asia is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English and Russian is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.