Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant Asset Management Knowledge product
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 21 January 2021 - 09 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-148484-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the guidance of the responsible substantive secretariat staff, the consultant shall:

• Conduct research which may include case examples, jurisprudence and other legal literature in different jurisdictions, and interviews with practitioners and civil society, as necessary, with a view to achieving the overall objective of both knowledge products.
• Draft the above-mentioned knowledge products based on the findings of the research.
• Participate in a virtual expert meeting to be organized in connection with the knowledge products.
• Any other assignments related to this matter as may be required.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

Proposed period: 8 March 2021 – 31 August 2021

Actual work time: 60 working days

Duties and Responsibilities

Background of the assignment:

The management of seized and confiscated assets pending return or final disposal has become a priority on the international anti-corruption agenda in the past few years. It is an important aspect of successful anti-corruption enforcement and asset recovery. Effectively managing seized and confiscated assets ensures that their value is preserved in a transparent and accountable manner and reduces the risks associated with having instruments of crime in circulation.

Article 31, paragraph 3 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (the “Convention”) requires States parties to adopt, in accordance with their domestic law, such legislative and other measures as may be necessary to regulate the administration by the competent authorities of frozen, seized or confiscated property covered by the Convention.

The outcomes of the country reviews conducted in the framework of the Implementation Review Mechanism of the Convention indicated that several States parties had faced particular challenges and had identified corresponding technical assistance needs in connection with the implementation of article 31, paragraph 3, of the Convention.

At its fifth, sixth and seventh sessions, the Conference of the States parties to the Convention adopted resolutions 5/3, 6/3 and 7/1 in which it encouraged States parties and UNODC to share experiences and build knowledge on the management, use and disposal of frozen, seized and confiscated assets, and to identify best practices that address the administration of seized assets.

In fulfilment of these mandates, UNODC published the Study entitled “Effective Management and Disposal of Seized and Confiscated Assets” in 2017, which presents the experience of 64 countries on the management and disposal of seized and confiscated assets.

At its eight session, held in Abu Dhabi from 16 to 20 December 2019, the Conference, in its resolution 8/1 entitled “Strengthening of international cooperation on asset recovery and of administration of frozen, seized and confiscated assets”, welcomed the Study and decided that the Asset Recovery Working Group should, among others, continue to collect information on best practices from States parties with a view to updating the Study.

Purpose of the assignment:

The aim of the contract is to conduct the necessary research and draft two interrelated knowledge products, namely, (a) an updated version of the Study “Effective Management and Disposal of Seized and Confiscated Assets”; and (b) a legislative guide on the management of frozen, seized and confiscated assets.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
• Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Economics, Finance, Law, Criminal Justice, Management, or any other relevant field 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.

Experience:
• At least 10 years of professional experience is required, which includes legal research and drafting, in an area related to crime prevention and criminal justice, preferably with a focus on organized crime, corruption, seizure, confiscation, asset recovery, management and disposal of assets and/or closely related issues.

Language:
• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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