Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENTIANE
Posting Period: 30 November 2021 - 29 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-168909-R-Vientiane (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 Regional Office for South East Asia (ROSEAP), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and is based in the Country Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR (COLAO). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Anti-Money Laundering and Counter- Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Adviser based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, as first reporting officer and under UNODC Programme Coordinator of the Regional Office for South East Asia (ROSEAP), as the second reporting officer. Substantive guidance will be provided by the Programme Coordinator heading the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS)/OCB/DTA/UNODC, who will be an additional reporting officer.

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Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

• Provide substantive input and support to the planning, coordination and implementation of the programme strategies and activities of GPML, specifically in relation to the development of a customs investigation and prosecution support programme for the Lao PDR Customs Department.

• Participate in the formulation, development, implementation, coordination, backstopping and evaluation of the Lao PDR Customs Department investigation and prosecution support programme and activities; monitor and analyse the programme’s development and implementation; review, prepare and/or ensure timely preparation and submission of relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties, counterparts and stakeholders; identify and track follow-up actions.

• Provide backstopping and guidance on technical, substantive and administrative issues within the assigned technical assistance activities, Lao PDR Customs investigation and prosecution support programme and other related projects.

• Monitor financial resources, budgets, the expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility including programme/project segments; draft parts of or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme, project and budget documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc., ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations and reporting requirements.

• Participate in needs assessment, programming and other technical missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals with cooperating governments, international funding institutions (IFIs), UN agencies, non-governmental and/or civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs).

• Provide guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties; draft mission summaries and mission-related documents.

• Contribute to the preparation of Country Profiles and Strategic Programme Frameworks, and their finalization for submission to the UNODC Executive Committee and Programme and Project Committee, as well as implementation of UNODC Regional Programme in South East Asia and the Pacific.

• Prepare and/or assess draft programme and project ideas and documents for technical assistance in the assigned countries, regions or functional areas; review, finalize and submit to GPML management quarterly project progress reports.

• Draft and review memoranda of understanding (MOU); monitor and assess the implementation of regional agreements establishing frameworks for regional cooperation in AML/CFT related matters.

• Prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analysis, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports, studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, etc.

• Participate in workshops, seminars and training courses and conduct presentations as required.

• Provide substantive support in the development of relevant technical and training materials, tools and capacity building packages.

• Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in assigned areas and contribute to their promotion among Member States.

• As assigned by the Representative, participate in UN Country teams cooperation arrangements and provide required input to different UN reports and workplans to support UNODC’s contribution to the UN work at the country/regional levels.

• Perform other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has demonstrable understanding and knowledge of relevant aspects of money laundering and combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT) in the context of domestic and international customs activities. 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, particularly in relation to customs operations. Has knowledge of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). 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, management, business administration, or public administration, 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 (5) years of progressively responsible experience in customs, crime and/or terrorism prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal justice, law, international relations, or related area relevant to UNODC’s mandate, and as applicable to the specific area of work, is required.

Experience in planning, coordinating and implementing field-based technical assistance in relation to customs investigations and prosecutions is required.

Relevant experience in a field environment in Asia and/or the Pacific is desirable.

Work experience in providing technical assistance and/or programme/project development and management is desirable.

Experience with the United Nations system and/or similar organisation on criminal justice and crime prevention issues is desirable.


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


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.

Vientiane is classified in the B 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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