Research Consultancy on Asset Recovery

Civil Forum for Asset Recovery
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 26

Position description

CiFAR is seeking a consultant to conduct an in-depth study on the subject of stolen assets and asset recovery between Germany and developing countries.


This project aims to provide an overview of past and current international asset recovery processes and mutual legal assistance cases on asset recovery between Germany and developing countries. It shall also identify figures and estimations related to current and past freezing, confiscation and return procedures involving proceeds of corruption from developing countries.

Objectives of the research

The study produced under this consultancy aims to provide policy-makers and civil society with the tools necessary to develop evidence-based, efficient and transparent policies and practice on asset recovery in Germany.

Core research areas

The research study will to identify and analyse past and current asset recovery cases between Germany and developing countries linked with corruption and other illicit financial flows. It will identify in particular:

  • Figures of assets frozen, confiscated and returned in the framework of international asset recovery cases between Germany and developing countries, specifically from Africa, Latin America and Western Balkans;
  • Information on past and ongoing international corruption, grand corruption and asset recovery cases involving Germany as a receiving country from above mentioned developing countries (individuals and authorities involved, status, challenges, amounts involved and other information) Information on the implementation of international sanctions by Germany in relation to grand corruption;
  • If possible estimations about assets and their values from PEPs in above mentioned developing countries stored in Germany as well as estimations on illicit financial flows between Germany and developing countries;
  • Based on the findings of the above research, needs and entry points for technical assistance of German development cooperation for developing countries will be identified if relevant.

Research methodology

The appointed researcher will be responsible for setting up methodological approach and research design in cooperation with CiFAR, including the structure of the study that will enable them to meet the objective of the research study.

Data collection methods should focus on desk-based research, interviews with relevant policy-makers from the government; public prosecutors, the media and other experts. Online and in-person interviews are welcome if deemed relevant. This project includes a limited budget for travels to conduct relevant interviews and similar field research within Germany.

The researcher is expected to refine the research design of the study together with CiFAR during the first two weeks of appointment. The research design should include proposed research methods, outline of the content, main sources of information, planned travels for in-person interviews and reviewed literature. During the drafting phase, the researcher will be in close communication with CiFAR regarding progress on research; CiFAR will provide support if necessary such as identifying sources and other information. The researcher shall discuss and implement feedback by CiFAR and the donor after submission of the draft study and finalise it within the planned timeframe. If relevant, the researcher will also participate in a launch event of the study.

While the topic of asset recovery is engrained in the legal field, the tone and style of the report should be appropriate for policy makers and civil society. The language of the produced study shall be English.


  • Relevant work experience in the anti-corruption field at an international level. Knowledge of international asset recovery framework and policy an advantage;
  • Good knowledge of the German anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, confiscation as well as Mutual Legal Assistance policies and legislation;
  • Fluent oral and written English and German communication skills;
  • Track record of having conducted similar research.

Application instructions

The application should include the following documents in English:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal with a brief overview of how the work will be approached, what methods will be used, rough outline of the study and estimated budget
  • One sample of relevant previous written work in English (confidentiality guaranteed)
  • Completed VAT form

 To apply, please send your application with the subject line “Research Consultant” by 5th October 2018.

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