Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative to support the capacity building of the Asset Recovery Investigative Task Force (ARITF) in Ethiopia
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 16 January 2023 - 24 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-199514-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will perform the following substantive duties and responsibilities:

a) Mentoring. Under the direction of the StAR team, the consultant will provide technical advice and on-the-job training to and the directorate of Asset recovery of the AGO staff and leadership on the identification of cases with asset recovery potential, case prioritization, case strategy, the drafting of effective freezing, seizure and confiscation applications, as well as the development of model applications and of jurisprudence.
b) Capacity building. The consultant in collaboration with the StAR team will organize and participate in at least one capacity building activity for the AGO as agreed with the Attorney General’s Office, to include: a) financial investigations; b) investigating corruption in procurement projects.
c) Judges workshop. The consultant will participate in a scoping mission with the StAR team to identify needs and potential activities for the judiciary.

The mission of the consultant will be carried out within the limitations established in the Guidelines for StAR Country Assistance, under which StAR staff or contractors will not:

• become involved in litigation in any country, or be involved in the legal representation of any party;
• take sides, or be seen to take sides, between member countries;
• become privy to confidential information provided by one country to another via an MLA request;
• take possession of any evidence;
• serve as a witness at any trial, or become involved in the submission of any evidence at trial;
• manage a case for a client country or make decisions for any client country.


• The consultant shall respect member government laws at all times and abide by all relevant United Nations rules, in particular in terms of confidentiality.
• The consultant will be required to maintain the strictest degree of confidentiality on the information to which he/she will be exposed. Any materials or information, whether written, audio-visual or oral must be used exclusively for the purpose of this assignment and are not to be shared with anyone outside of defined delivery channels on a need-to-know basis.
• No statements will be made to any third party regarding any matter associated with any engagement, unless explicitly authorized by the Ethiopian authorities and the StAR Secretariat.
• The consultant shall manage information, reports, documents and electronic media obtained, accessed or reviewed under this ToR in a secure manner and location. The privacy, safe keeping, security and integrity of those documents are matters for which the mentor will be responsible.

Work Location

Home-based with travel to Ethiopia

Expected duration

15 February - 15 December 2023

Duties and Responsibilities

Background of the assignment:

The StAR Initiative (StAR) is a partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that supports international efforts to end safe havens for corruptly acquired assets. StAR works with developing countries and financial centers to prevent the laundering of proceeds of corruption and to facilitate more systematic and timely return of corruptly acquired assets. StAR advocates that developed and developing countries share a joint responsibility in tackling corruption and that international collaboration and collective action are needed to facilitate asset recovery.

In October 2018, the Government of Ethiopia requested StAR to provide advisory and technical assistance in its stolen asset recovery efforts. Furthermore, during the Pursuant to the original request StAR deployed scoping and follow up missions to Addis Ababa in October 2018 and February 2019, and developed a plan aimed to provide support to the Asset Recovery Investigative Task Force (ARITF) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). Subsequently, the AGO transformed the ARTIF into a Directorate of Asset Recovery in early 2021, and StAR has continued its support in building capacity to recover proceeds of corruption. During a StAR mission carried out in September, 2022, the team identified the need to build capacity among the judiciary to increase their understanding of international asset recovery and FATF standards in regards to confiscation.

Accordingly, StAR needs to recruit a consultant to support these activities.

Purpose of the assignment:

The purpose of the assignment is to support the Directorate of Asset Recovery in carrying out its mandate, through capacity building activities and hands on assistance, and support the judiciary in better understanding international asset recovery processes.

Qualifications/special skills

• An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, international relations, social science, law, political science, international relations or criminology, in in the area of law enforcement, law, accountancy, (or a relevant related discipline), 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.
• At least ten (10) years’ work experience in the area of criminal law and financial investigations, specifically on complex financial investigations and/or prosecutions including seeking and obtaining international cooperation is required;
• Experience in mentoring and training junior staff and in leading teams of investigators is desirable;
• Capacity to work independent and with minimal supervision is desirable;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required;
• Proficient in Word, Excel is desirable.


• 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 another official United Nations language is an advantage. In addition, fluency in oral and written Amharic is desirable.

No Fee


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