Job Opening

Posting Title: Adviser (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)), P4 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: PRETORIA
Posting Period: 22 July 2021 - 20 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-159924-R-Pretoria (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 within the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will be located in the UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) in Pretoria, South Africa, and will report to the UNODC Representative ROSAF as first reporting officer and the Programme Coordinator of GPML of UNODC, based in Vienna, Austria, as additional reporting officer. The work of the incumbent will be planned in consultation with the UNODC Representative, ROSAF.

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The Adviser (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism) (AML/CFT) will work closely with the regional and national authorities to provide AML/CFT advice, training and technical assistance to build AML/CFT capacity of national agencies and to support the effective implementation of AML/CFT regimes. Specifically, S/he will provide technical assistance, training and mentoring advice and support capacity building, in accordance with applicable national laws. The Adviser (AML/CFT) will also support the implementation of the UNODC-Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Programme, as relevant.

The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Support implementation of the UNODC project “Assets Recovery Inter-Agency Network in Southern Africa” (ARINSA) by developing and implementing its law enforcement component.

• Implement national AML/CFT strategies and coordination mechanisms, which set out objectives to manage and coordinate AML/CFT responsibilities in each country and at the regional level.

• Provide Financial Investigation training and mentoring to build capacity of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to successfully investigate and prosecute money laundering and financing of terrorism and proceeds of crime cases.

• Provide advisory service to the development of the financial intelligence unit (FIU) in each country and build capacity of FIU staff to effectively collect and analyze relevant information and to disseminate financial intelligence to law enforcement agencies and other relevant authorities.

• Provide special advice related to freezing, seizure and confiscation of criminal assets, including training and mentoring of personnel responsible for confiscation actions.

• Train and enhance the capacities of border control agencies to monitor cross-border transportation of cash and bearer negotiable instruments (BNIs), identify cash couriers and seize cash and BNIs, when appropriate.

• Provide specialist assistance to the effective implementation of Financial Action Task Force Recommendations.

• Enhance effective regional and international cooperation in relation to identification, investigation and prosecution of money laundering, financing of terrorism, and illicit financial flows, including provision of training and advice on police to police cooperation, FIU exchange of information, mutual legal assistance and other information exchange mechanisms; (to include the drafting of memorandum of understandings where required).

• Develop information systems for collection and analysis of relevant statistics on the operation of their AML/CFT system to assist in measuring the effectiveness of the AML/CFT regime.

• Raise Awareness on AML/CFT in government agencies, the legislature, the private sector, and the public at large, as appropriate.

• Contribute to the development of the UNODC regional programme and support delivery of law enforcement and AML/CFT components of other UNODC projects in the Region, including on corruption and illicit trafficking in order to ensure synergy in implementation of the UNODC technical assistance package.

• Provide support to UN thematic groups, as required and ensure alignment of UNODC law enforcement work with the broader development agenda.

• Work in cooperation with the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG), and other donors and technical providers where necessary, to ensure leveraging of resources and coordination of activities in ways that would be advantageous for ARINSA countries.

• File weekly updates and quarterly reports concerning his/her work in the region to the UNODC Representative, ROSAF, in Pretoria and to the Head of GPML, Vienna.

• Perform other work-related functions, as required.


• Professionalism: Has demonstrable understanding and knowledge of relevant aspects of money laundering and combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT). Has demonstrable knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments, including the UN Security Resolutions and Conventions relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Has knowledge of the FATF recommendations and the mutual evaluation process, the joint FATF, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) assessment methodology, and the FATF International Cooperation Review Group procedures. 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.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law or criminology 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 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Certification/recognized qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in drug control activities, crime and/or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal justice, international relations, social or political affairs or related area relevant to UNODC's mandate is required.
Experience in project or programme development, management and administration is desirable.
Working experience in technical assistance delivery and/or programme/project implementation in developing countries is desirable.
Working experience in a financial intelligence unit is desirable.
Working experience in the Southern African region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English 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 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.

Pretoria is classified in the A category (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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