Job Opening

Posting Title: Asset Recovery and Illicit Financial Flows Fellow
Department/Office: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
Duty Station: OTHER
Posting Period: 19 May 2022 - 28 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute-181705-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Fulfillment of duties described.

Work Location

Home-based/with possible periodic travel to Belgium and/or countries relevant to the IFF and AR projects (subject to need and COVID travel restrictions)

Expected duration

Part-time (10 working days each month), 15 June 2022 - 14 June 2023

Duties and Responsibilities

UNICRI is a United Nations entity established in 1968 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice. UNICRI is mandated to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non- governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNICRI' s principal goals are:

• to advance understanding of crime-related problems;
• to foster just and efficient criminal justice systems;
• to support the respect of international instruments and other standards; and
• to facilitate international law enforcement cooperation and judicial assistance.

This position is located within UNICRI’s Asset Recovery & Illicit Financial Flows Programme. The current projects under the programme are aimed at bolstering capacity of officials to address illicit financial flows (including those linked to acts of organized crime and corruption) in the European Union’s Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) as well as in Libya. The projects also assist officials in these countries to better trace, seize, confiscate and recover assets linked to organized crime and corruption.

The Fellow will support the project team in the implementation of activities, in particular in carrying out research on the impact of corruption and illicit financial flows, as well as research on good practices in asset recovery; the Fellow will also support monitoring of progress achieved by the beneficiary countries, and will be expected to collate and analyze feedback from officials on training provided, and support the implementation of such training (and related study missions).

Under the supervision of the Senior Legal Officer, the incumbent will be asked to produce the following:

• Assist in finalizing report on Illicit Financial Flows for the EU Eastern Partnership Region, providing edits and inputs where needed;

• Assist project staff in collecting and analyzing results of feedback on corruption perceptions survey, with recommendations as to which audiences and issues may need to be targeted for subsequent public awareness campaign on preventing corruption;

• Obtain feedback from national stakeholders on state of cases (both penal and non-penal) in Eastern Partnership Region and in Libya in which assets have been recovered, as well as cases of high priority which may need to be addressed;

• Assist in drafting report on global use of civil confiscation mechanisms (good practices and lessons learned), ensuring that information in report is qualitative and accurately sourced;

• Assist in drafting report on good practices in the recovery and return of cultural assets, ensuring that information in report is qualitative and accurately sourced; and

• Performing other job-related duties upon request.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in political science, justice & security, criminology, social sciences or equivalent discipline is desirable. A first level university degree with two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Experience: Work experience is not required for junior fellows with a Master’s degree; however, a minimum of one year of relevant working experience in support of research or data analysis linked to illicit financial flows, corruption and/or asset recovery is desirable. Previous experience in projects related to the field of crime prevention is highly desirable. Previous experience in UN or other international organization in this field as well as experience with international asset recovery standards are highly desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, written and verbal fluency in English is required.

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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