Job Opening

Posting Title: Adviser (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism) - (Temporary Job Opening), 3 positions
Posting Period: 19 October 2016 - 01 November 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-68627-J- (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice


• The temporary positions for Kabul and Nairobi are available until 28 February 2017. The temporary position for Almaty is available until 31 March 2017. Filling of these temporary vacancies and actual duration is subject to availability of the posts and funding. If the selected candidates are internal staff members of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Almaty is classified as A, Kabul is classified as E and Nairobi is classified as B duty station. Almaty and Nairobi are classified family duty stations, Kabul is classified a non-family duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the UNODC Country Office in Afghanistan (COAFG), in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the UNODC Programme Office in Kazakhstan (POKAZ), in Almaty, Kazakhstan and in the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), in Nairobi, Kenya, with frequent and extensive travel to multiple locations in the East Africa region, specifically Kenya and Somalia, subject to security considerations. The incumbents will work under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative in each of the respective Offices, and in the case of Kabul also under the technical guidance of the Senior Law Enforcement Expert based in Kabul. The incumbents will also work under the substantive guidance of the Vienna-based Programme Officer/Manager (Anti-Money Laundering Law Enforcement Adviser) of the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML).

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The incumbent will perform the following duties:

• Provide specialist advice in the establishment and enhancement of institutions capable of implementing an AML/CFT regime, including inter-agency coordinating frameworks;

• Support capacity building of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), including policies and operational practices, relations with regulatory and law enforcement agencies as well as the judiciary, information and analysis systems, personnel training programmes, and mutual legal assistance and information exchange capacity;

• Plan, coordinate and delivery AML/CFT technical assistance, including training in national centres of excellence and training academies;

• Coordinate the organisation and delivery of train the trainer programmes on financial investigation, counter financing of terrorism, cash smuggling, money and value transfer systems (MVTS), and other relevant topics;

• Provide expert advice to all staff assigned to handle work in the area of AML/CFT, posted in and/or under the oversight of the respective Country Office in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Kenya;

• Foster contacts and, where appropriate, co-operation with the private sector, civil society, national AML/CFT officials and relevant international/inter-governmental bodies;

• Participate as a part of UNODC delegation in the meetings of the relevant regional anti-money laundering organizations;

• Use participation in regional and international meetings to establish and maintain contact with AML/CFT professionals in the respective region;

• As specialist Adviser actively participate in the development and implementation of the AML/CFT training systems and capabilities of the UNODC global, regional and national programmes.

• Cooperate closely with GPML on the organization and delivery of technical assistance activities.

• Perform other work related functions, as required.


• Professionalism: Demonstrates understanding of the relevant aspects of anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing. Has good knowledge of supporting regional and international cooperation in order to enhance the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT frameworks. Demonstrates ability to liaise with investigators and prosecutors and has knowledge of criminal procedures under common/civil law regimes, including the preparation of documents required by the courts in the course of investigations. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, national and international sanctions regimes, and Conventions relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Has knowledge of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and mutual evaluation process. Is able to communicate effectively with substantive experts and high-level government officials of diverse cultures. Is willing to undertake Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE) training. 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.

• 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.

• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments to keep clients informed and to anticipate and prevent problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement is required. A first-level university degree or equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in money laundering, criminal and/or terrorism investigations, including inter-agency and international investigations, is required. Experience in a dedicated anti-money laundering, proceeds of crime or counter financing of terrorism unit, preferably having worked closely with police, prosecutors, customs personnel, financial intelligence units and other relevant AML/CFT professionals, is required. Experience in investigating and disrupting the criminal abuse of money and value transfer systems (MVTS) and / or cash smuggling networks is highly desirable. Experience in training/advising Financial Intelligence Units, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and/or other officials in matters relating to the detection, investigation and disruption of money laundering and the financing of terrorism is highly desirable. Experience in development, management and delivery of AML/CFT technical assistance and providing advice at operational and policy levels is required. Experience with working in developing countries is highly desirable. Experience of working in Afghanistan is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions in Kabul and Nairobi, fluency in English is required. For the position in Almaty, fluency in English and Russian is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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