Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Bangkok, Thailand, under the UNODC Regional Office for South East Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP). The incumbent will work in close cooperation with the UNODC Cybercrime and Anti Money Laundering Section based in Vienna. The Advisor will report to the UNODC Regional Representative for South East Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), as first reporting officer, and the Programme Coordinator (Head of the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML)), as well as the UNODC South East Asia Cybercrime lead as additional reporting officers. The work of the incumbent will be planned in consultation with the Regional Representative (ROSEAP) and with substantive input from the Head of GPML and the UNODC SE Asia lead for Cybercrime. The incumbent will undertake missions in the South East Asia and Pacific region and globally as required.
The Adviser (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism) will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provide specialised advice to implement national AML/CFT strategies and coordination mechanisms to combat technology-enabled financial crime;
- Deliver specialist financial investigation training and mentoring to build capacity of financial intelligence units (FIU), intelligence agencies, law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to successfully conduct financial investigations and financial disruption operations to combat technology-enabled financial crime;
- Advise and support the establishment of professional development systems, including certification and accreditation, for specialist technology-enabled financial crime practitioners;
- Provide specialised advice in connection with the freezing, seizure and confiscation of criminal assets originating from technology-enabled financial crime;
- Enhance effective regional and international cooperation in relation to identification, investigation and prosecution of technology-enabled financial crime, 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);
- Raise awareness on technology-enabled financial crime in government agencies, the legislature, the private sector, and the public at large, as appropriate;
- Contribute to the development of the UNODC Regional Programme for South East Asia and the Pacific and support the delivery of AML/CFT components of other UNODC projects including the delivery of technical assistance on continuous professional development systems for AML/CFT practitioners;
- Provide specialised support to the competent authorities in the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational and Organised Crime (UNTOC), the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (Terrorist Financing Convention (TFC));
- Work in close cooperation with UNODC’s Global Programme on Cybercrime to ensure coordination of activities and to develop and share tools and best practices;
- Work in cooperation with Interpol, EGMONT, 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 the work in the region to the UNODC SE Asia Cybercrime lead, the Regional Representative for South East Asia and the Pacific and to the Head of GPML in Vienna.
- Perform other work related duties as may be required.
- Professionalism: Demonstrates specialist understanding of technology-enabled financial crime, including where related to crypto currencies. Is able to foster regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT 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. Is able to provide training and mentoring to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, intelligence officers, FIU staff and other criminal justice officials in matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of tech-enabled financial crime. 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. 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, IT, 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 or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.
- A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience, including at the international level, in the investigation of financial crime, part of which must include the investigation of technology-enabled financial crime, is required.
- Advising on relevant legislation, criminal investigations, financial intelligence gathering, seizure/forfeiture of criminal assets and preparation of cases for trial is required.
- Experience as a law enforcement investigator in a dedicated cyber-crime or AML/CFT investigation unit, with specialization in technology-enabled financial crime, having worked closely with FIU staff, police, prosecutors, customs personnel, financial professionals and other relevant disciplines is required.
- Experience in the development and delivery of AML/CFT training and providing advice and assistance to FIU staff, law enforcement officers and prosecutors is desirable.
- Experience of working on AML/CFT issues (training and operational) in both common law and civil law jurisdictions is desirable.
- Experience with the FATF Mutual Evaluation process, including issues relating to technology-enabled financial crime 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 other United Nations official languages is an advantage.
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