Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Illicit Financial Flows, Anti Money-Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)) - Temporary, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: SAN SALVADOR
Posting Period: 28 September 2020 - 12 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-142185-J-San Salvador (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Office in El Salvador (POSLV), under the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN) in Panama, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Office (Chief Advisor), as first reporting officer, and the Regional Representative, Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean, as second reporting officer.

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The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Deliver technical assistance, mentoring and training to the Office of the Attorney General in areas of illicit financial flows and AML/CFT prosecutions, with a focus on financial analysis and investigations, capacity building for financial intelligence units, financial analysts and cooperation with the formal and informal banking sector and supervisory bodies of the financial system.

• Participate in awareness-raising and needs assessment activities related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT; review existing legal, regulatory, and law enforcement capacity and draft reports with recommended actions, in cooperation with national counterparts, on technical assistance needs in order to assist in their implementation of international standards related to AML/CFT.

• Undertake outreach activities; organise training workshops, seminars, etc. related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT.

• Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in areas related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT and contribute to their implementation in El Salvador.

• Provide substantive inputs to UNODC and donors’ reports.

• Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned AML/CFT-initiatives, etc. Participate in fundraising and in meetings/briefings with donors. As requested, attend policy-making and technical meetings to monitor and analyze events and discussions.

• Monitor 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.


• Professionalism: Has demonstrated current and comprehensive understanding and knowledge of financial analysis and financial investigation techniques and their application in cases of illicit financial flows from drugs and crime. Has demonstrated knowledge of the relevant aspects of money laundering, 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, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and those of the FATF-Style Regional Bodies. Has knowledge in fostering national, regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial regime, as well as measures to prevent and combat illicit financial flows. Has demonstrated ability to develop professional training materials and to deliver expert-level training courses, as well as demonstrable ability in training/mentoring financial analysts, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and/or other criminal justice officials in matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of money laundering and/or other financial/economic crimes. Has knowledge of AML/CFT legislation and implementation capacities. 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& 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. Demonstrates a high level of initiative and the ability to be proactive in seeking to develop new areas of work within identified objectives and strategies.

• Teamwork: 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 degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of economics, accounting, business administration, finance, or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in financial analysis or financial investigation of illicit financial flows and cases of money laundering or financing of terrorism is required.
Experience in the development and delivery of anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) training programmes is required.
Experience in providing mentorship or advisory services to law enforcement officers and/or prosecutors on AML/CFT matters is required.
Work experience in Latin America is required.
Work experience in financial monitoring and control entities is desirable.
International professional experience in the field of finance is desirable.
Experience in fostering regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country's AML/CFT/financial regime is desirable.
Work experience within the United Nations System or a similar international organization is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2020. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

San Salvador is classified as a B and family duty station.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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