Adviser (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism) (AML/CFT), P4

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Location
    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Adviser (AML/CFT) will be located in the UNODC Country Office in Vietnam (COVIE), in Hanoi, operating under the Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP). The incumbent will report to the UNODC Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), as first reporting officer, and the GPML, as second reporting officer, located in the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Support the AML/CFT component of activities relating to Forestry Crime in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region;
  • Work closely with the national authorities in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to provide AML/CFT advice, training and technical assistance to build AML/CFT capacity of national agencies and to support the effective implementation of AML/CFT regimes of Member States in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, upon request;
  • Provide technical assistance, training and mentoring advice and support capacity building, in accordance with applicable national laws, with a priority focus on Forestry Crime;
  • Implement national AML/CFT strategies and coordination mechanisms, which set out objectives to manage and coordinate AML/CFT responsibilities;
  • Provide financial investigation training and mentoring to build capacity of financial intelligence units (FIU), intelligence agencies, law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to successfully investigate and prosecute money laundering and financing of terrorism;
  • Provide advisory service to the development of the financial intelligence unit (FIU) and build capacity of FIU staff to effectively collect and analyze relevant information and to disseminate financial intelligence to law enforcement agencies and other relevant authorities;
  • Provide special advice related to freezing, seizure and confiscation of criminal assets, including training and mentoring of personnel responsible for confiscation actions;
  • Enhance effective regional and international cooperation in relation to identification, investigation and prosecution of money laundering and financing of terrorism, including provision of training and advice on police to police cooperation, FIU exchange of information, mutual legal assistance and other information exchange mechanisms; (to include the drafting of memorandum of understandings where required);
  • Develop information systems for collection and analysis of relevant statistics on the operation of the AML/CFT system to assist in measuring the effectiveness of the AML/CFT regime;
  • Raise awareness on AML/CFT in government agencies, the legislature, the private sector, and the public at large, as appropriate;
  • Contribute to development of the UNODC regional programme and support delivery of AML/CFT components of other UNODC projects related to AML/CFT, including on terrorism, corruption, drugs and trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants;
  • Work in cooperation with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and FATF Style Regional Bodies (FSRB), and other donors and technical providers where necessary, to ensure leveraging of resources and coordination of activities in ways that would be advantageous for the beneficiary countries;
  • File monthly reports concerning his/her work in the region to the UNODC Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and to the Head GPML, Vienna;
  • Undertake mission travel, as required;
  • Perform other work related functions, as required.


  • Professionalism: Has expert knowledge and understanding of the relevant aspects of money laundering, combating terrorism finance (AML/CFT), proceeds of crime, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and extradition legislation. Has ability to foster regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial/economic regime. Demonstrates ability to liaise with prosecutors and to prepare documents required by the courts in the course of investigations, asset freezing/seizures and prosecutions. Has knowledge of and ability to provide training and mentoring of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, intelligence officers, FIU staff and/or other criminal justice officials in matter relating to the investigation and prosecution of money laundering or other financial/economic crimes. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments, including the UN Security Resolutions and Conventions relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Has knowledge of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) mutual evaluation process. Is able to provide expert advice and to be proactive in seeking to develop new areas of work within identified objectives and strategies. 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;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology or, related disciplines 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/recognized qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including international experience, in anti-money laundering (AML), law enforcement, investigations and prosecutions, a substantial portion of which has involved advising on relevant legislation, investigations, intelligence and law enforcement matters, including seizure/forfeiture of criminal assets and preparation of cases for trial, is required. Experience in development and delivery of AML/CFT training and providing advice and assistance to FIU staff, law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the area of proceeds of crime is required. Experience of working on AML issues (training and operational) in both common law and civil law jurisdictions is required. Experience with AML/CFT capacity building in developing countries is required. Experience in a dedicated proceeds of crime investigation unit, preferably having worked closely with FIU staff, police, prosecutors, customs personnel, financial professionals and other relevant disciplines involved in the investigation of money laundering cases and the seizure/forfeiture of criminal assets is desirable. Experience in preparing of court documents necessary for investigations/seizures/ prosecutions, including search warrants, applications for wiretap authorizations, applications for freezing/seizure of criminal assets, etc. is desirable.


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

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