Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant – Asset Recovery Research
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 14 July 2022 - 07 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-185819-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will accomplish the following tasks to achieve the above-mentioned objectives:

(1) Provide inputs for the methodology for the research on the state of play of the asset recovery systems in the Western Balkan jurisdictions

After draft methodology is produced, the consultant will review and provide inputs to finalize the methodology.

(2) Conduct data collection process

Based on the agreed methodology, the relevant data shall be collected via a proposed methods (e.g., desktop research, interviews, analysis of available datasets and statistics, relevant studies, reports and publications). The collected information will seek to draw findings, conclusions and recommendations about the state of affairs of the asset recovery efforts at the national and regional levels.

(3) Draft the research document

Based on data collected and analysed, the consultant will draft the research report. The drafting will include information on how the European and international standards on the asset recovery are implemented, the challenges thereto and proposals for mitigating action. The research document will furthermore present recommendations and conclusions..

(4) Present the findings in a round table with the relevant stakeholders of the respective Western Balkan jurisdictions.

The findings, conclusions and recommendations of the research document will be presented to the relevant stakeholders at a regional round table
The consultant will reflect the received feedback to finalize the research report.

(5) Finalize the research report

The consultant should incorporate the feedback from the round table into the draft report and finalize it.

(6) Participate in the presentation of the final research report

The consultant will prepare a presentation of the final publication and present it to relevant stakeholders at the closing conference of the project.

Work Location

Home-based, no travel involved

Expected duration

100 working days from 01 September 2022 to 31 March 2023

Duties and Responsibilities

UNODC’s work in the region of South Eastern Europe is covered by the respective UNODC Regional Programme (RP SEE). The objective of the RP SEE is to meet specific national needs articulated in an inclusive, participatory process while at the same time ensuring that activities and outputs at national level form part of a coordinated, harmonized regional and inter-regional approach in line with the principles that underlie UNODC’s activities globally, and more broadly in line with the 2030 Agenda. UNODC strives to bring its global expertise and scope to South Eastern Europe to strengthen both national and regional approaches, embedding the Regional Programme for South Eastern European national, regional, inter-regional and global contexts and creating coherence across them.

Under the Regional Programme, UNODC, as the global leader in addressing the problem of illicit drugs, transnational organized crime and terrorism, provides support to the region in the implementation of relevant treaties and instruments, including by means of supporting the development of national drug and crime policies and strategies and their implementation plans, as well as the EU requirements under chapters 23, 24 and 28 of the EU acquis Communautaire. This supports the governments in fulfilling their obligations within the United Nations as well as meeting the EU accession requirements.

UNODC, together with its government partners, international and regional organizations and civil society stakeholders, structures its work within the four Sub-Programmes of the RPSEE, all grounded in a gender-responsive, human rights-based approach:
Sub-Programme 1: Law enforcement and enhanced border security and related topics
Sub-Programme 2: Organized crime and countering illicit financial flows
Sub-Programme 3: Prevention of drug use and treatment and care of drug use disorders
Sub-Programme 4/
Cross-Cutting Pillar: Strengthening research capacity, policy and monitoring

The consultant will support the implementation of the project “From Illicit Financial Flows to Asset Recovery” under the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe in the six Western Balkans jurisdictions. The consultant will be responsible for conducting research on the state of play of the asset recovery systems in the Western Balkan jurisdictions, based on the previously developed methodology, collect inputs draft the research report, and present the final publication to the stakeholders.

Purpose of the assignment:

The assignment should assess the effectiveness of the Western Balkan jurisdictions, in seizing, confiscating and managing proceeds and instrumentalities of crime. Utilizing the existing reports as a baseline (e.g., the RAI report “Asset Recovery in the Western Balkans: A Comparative Analysis of Legislation and Practice.”, European Commission reports, GRECO reports, UNCAC Implementation Review reports etc.) and applying the previously developed methodology, this assessment will seek to review the enhanced capacities provided by the project. This will serve as a baseline for future initiatives in the field of preventing and fighting serious and organised crime and asset recovery.

The consultant will conduct a comprehensive research on the state of play of asset recovery efforts in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo under the UNSCR 1244. The research will be based on the methodology developed prior to the assignment. The consultant will participate in developing the methodology, through providing inputs and through close cooperation with the consultant primarily responsible for developing the methodology.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology or another related field, 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;
A minimum of 7 years of working experience in providing technical assistance and/or research in the area of asset recovery, anti-corruption and /or international law enforcement cooperation is required.
Excellent English language drafting skills are required.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian or Albanian is an advantage.

No Fee


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