Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant on Illicit Financial Flows in Kyrgyzstan
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 17 May 2022 - 24 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific-181414-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service


A. Ensure timely implementation of the pilot study according to the pilot testing plan;
B. Facilitate data collection process through liaising with relevant national authorities and using official data sources available publicly;
C. Resolve data queries and inconsistencies;
D. Contribute to data analysis using the selected IFF measuring tools;
E. Summarize the results of IFFs assessment using the selected methods in the pilot country;
F. Draft selected inputs for the final pilot report;
G. Coordinate and draft minutes of any meetings and phone calls with national institutions;
H. Contribute to the national action plan on Illicit Financial Flows;
I. Provide improvement to existing methodology on measuring tax and commercial IFFs with alternative methods;
J. Prepare materials for the dissemination of the project

Work Location


Expected duration

1 June - 31 December 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

The current project is aimed at developing a series of coordinated actions to test and consolidate existing and new methodological guidelines for the measurement of Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) at the national level, with implementation in selected countries of Asia – namely Viet Nam, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The methodology follows the principles of the UNCTAD- UNODC Conceptual Framework for the Statistical Measurement of Illicit Financial Flows and has been developed to assist national statistical offices and other relevant institutions in the measurement and monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Indicator 16.4.1 on IFFs, consistently with the System of National Accounts and the Balance of Payments frameworks. The project is also aimed at providing technical assistance and strengthening national statistical capacities while establishing a sustainable process of data collection and estimates production in the measurement of the value of such illicit activities and in the monitoring of SDG Indicator 16.4.1. The implementing countries will benefit from an increased understanding of the concepts and definitions of illicit financial flows and an enhanced awareness of the risks related to such flows and the importance of their monitoring.

Partners of this project are UNODC, ESCAP and UNCTAD. The implementation started in 2021 and will continue until Q4 2022.

The consultant will work under direct supervision of the Economic and Environment Statistics Section, ESCAP Statistics Division. The consultant will need to coordinate intensively with the Regional Consultant based in Bangkok and the project focal point in the national statistical agency of Kyrgyzstan.


The purpose of the assignment is to support and facilitate the implementation of the project in Kyrgyzstan to conduct pilot studies on the measurement of IFFs, by carrying out a pilot study to estimate inwards and outwards illicit financial flows related to tax evasion and trade mis-invoicing. . The Consultant will support ESCAP to liaise and coordinate with National Institutions in Kyrgyzstan to ensure smooth and timely project finalization at the national level. Core tasks will involve coordinating national institutions to collect key data, data analysis and prepare a final report of the pilot study in collaboration with ESCAP and the national statistical agency of Kyrgyzstan.


The main duties and responsibilities assigned to the Consultant are identified as follows:

• Facilitate the implementation of the pilot study in consultation with the regional consultant and ESCAP;
- Ensure timely data collection by liaising with relevant national authorities in custody of necessary data and accessing the publicly available databases;
• Review data collected for quality checks and ensure data is ready for analysis and dissemination;
- Ensure timely implementation of data analysis on selected methods;
• Liaise and maintain regular communication with the ESCAP Staff and Consultants;
• Review all available documentation regarding the methodological approach, the statistical framework as well as the data collection tools and other relevant technical documents;
• Facilitate coordination among relevant national institutions to promote and streamline information exchange;
• Collect feedback from national institutions on the results of the estimation process;
• Participate in expert group, regional and national meetings;
• Provide selected written inputs for the report on the pilot activities.
• Support ESCAP in the preparation of the final pilot report and provide inputs for the country action plan on tax and commercial IFFs.
- Participate in the final dissemination activities

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
University degree (bachelor's degree or equivalent) in economics, econometrics, statistics, criminology, or in a related field is required.

• A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in statistics and/or quantitative research in economics or criminology is required.
• Demonstrated analytical, research, writing and communication skills are required.
• Experience in managing data and proficiency with statistical software (Excel, Stata, R or Python) is required.
• Familiarity with administrative data on crime and criminal justice is required.
• Work experiences with national statistical offices, research or academic institutions are desirable.
• Excellent research skills and proven ability to undertake research in the field of estimating value of illicit markets or illegal financial transactions or money laundering are desirable.
• A track record in research related to economic value of illicit markets and knowledge of existing frameworks adopted by national statistical offices (e.g., the System of National Accounts and the Balance of Payment) is an asset.
• Knowledge of multilateral processes and experience working at an international organization or an internationally recognized think tank is an asset.

For this position, fluency in English and Russian, including excellent drafting skills is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset.

No Fee


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