Job Opening

Posting Title: Adviser (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism - AML/CFT), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 03 March 2021 - 01 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-150459-R-Kabul (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 UNODC Country Office in Afghanistan (COAFG), in Kabul, Afghanistan. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative of the Country Office in Afghanistan, the technical guidance of the Law Enforcement Expert, both based in Kabul, and the substantive guidance of the Vienna-based Programme Officer/Manager (Anti-Money Laundering Law Enforcement Adviser) of the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML).

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The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Provide specialist advice in the establishment and enhancement of institutions capable of implementing an AML/CFT regime, including inter-agency coordinating frameworks;

• Support capacity building of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), including policies and operational practices, relations with regulatory and law enforcement agencies as well as the judiciary, information and analysis systems, personnel training programmes, and mutual legal assistance and information exchange capacity;

• Plan, coordinate and deliver AML/CFT technical assistance, including training in national centres of excellence and training academies;

• Coordinate the organisation and delivery of train-the-trainer programmes on financial investigation, counter financing of terrorism, cash smuggling, money and value transfer systems (MVTS), and other relevant topics;

• Provide expert advice to all staff assigned to handle work in the area of AML/CFT, posted in and/or under the oversight of COAFG, as well as relevant staff in Afghanistan;

• Foster contacts and, where appropriate, co-operation with the private sector, civil society, national AML/CFT officials and relevant international/inter-governmental bodies;

• Participate as part of the UNODC delegation to the Asia Pacific Group and Eurasian Group Plenary meetings;

• Use participation in regional and international meetings to establish and maintain contact with AML/CFT professionals in the region;

• As specialist Adviser actively participate in the development and implementation of the AML/CFT training systems and capabilities of the UNODC global, regional and national programmes;

• Cooperate closely with GPML on the organization and delivery of technical assistance activities;

• Perform other work-related functions, as required.


• Professionalism: Demonstrates understanding of the relevant aspects of anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing. Has good knowledge of supporting regional and international cooperation in order to enhance the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT frameworks. Demonstrates ability to liaise with investigators and prosecutors and has knowledge of criminal procedures under common/civil law regimes (including as appropriate the preparation of documents required by the courts in the course of investigations). Is able to train and advise Financial Intelligence Units, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and/or other officials in matters relating to the detection, investigation and disruption of money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, national and international sanctions regimes, and Conventions relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Has knowledge of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and mutual evaluation process. Is able to communicate effectively with substantive experts and high-level government officials of diverse cultures. Is willing to undertake Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE) training. 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.

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology or other related area of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement 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 additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional work experience in anti-money laundering, criminal and/or terrorism investigations, including inter-agency and international investigations, is required.
Experience in a dedicated anti-money laundering, proceeds of crime or counter financing of terrorism unit is required.
Work experience with police, prosecutors, customs personnel, financial intelligence units and other relevant AML/CFT professionals is required.
Experience in development, management and delivery of AML/CFT technical assistance and providing advice at operational and policy levels is required.
Experience in investigating and disrupting the criminal abuse of money and value transfer systems (MVTS) and / or cash smuggling networks is desirable.
Experience with working in developing countries is desirable.
Experience of working in Afghanistan is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Kabul is classified in the E category (non-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.

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