Anti-Money Laundering/Transitional Crime Program Advisor (INL)

Celestar Corporation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 16

Position description

The Celestar Corporation has been issued an IMMEDIATE Task Order to provide support to the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). As a result, we’re looking for an Anti-Money Laundering/Transitional Crime Program Advisor who will be seated in Washington, DC. If interested and qualified, we welcome you to post for this challenging opportunity.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: A Secret security clearance is required for this position; however, the Contractor may begin work with an interim Secret clearance.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) Year from the Date of Assignment with the potential for four (4) follow-on Option Years.
The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor. The Department of State’s mission is to advance U.S. national security interests, fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives that build a freer, prosperous and secure world.
INL keeps Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores.
The Office of Global Programs and Policy (INL/GPP) engages in multilateral and bilateral diplomatic and programmatic efforts to promote USG foreign policy and national security interests in a range of priority crime issues, including anticorruption, anti-money laundering and combating terror finance, border security, cybercrime and intellectual property rights, environmental crime/wildlife trafficking, and organized crime. INL/GPP’s Transnational Programs Team plays a leadership role in INL, the Department, and the inter-agency community in combating transnational crime issues including money laundering and illicit finance. The team’s principal roles are 1) domestic policy development through interagency and intra-Department coordination; 2) development of and participation in multilateral processes and other diplomatic and public diplomacy initiatives; and 3) development and management of funded projects and activities to advance our policy goals. The team can also collaborate with or assist INL regional offices on development and implementation of bilateral programs with an anti-money laundering component. The team works closely with other elements of the Department, DOJ, DHS, Treasury, and other partners, in several key international efforts, with a focus on adoption of international standards, fostering international cooperation, processes to promote concrete follow-up action, and capacity building.


The Transnational Programs Team is responsible for the coordination of all anti-money laundering law enforcement training and technical assistance activities undertaken by INL/GPP. The team serves as the key focal point for the bureau on money laundering and illicit finance issues and serves as a resource for expertise to the Department and various interagency working groups.


The Anti-Money Laundering/Transnational Crime Program Advisor, referred to as Advisor, for the remainder of this document, serves as an anti-money laundering/illicit finance advisor for the Global Programs and Policy Office of INL and provides assistance in aspects of these programs. The Advisor’s work will principally focus on INL’s money laundering/illicit finance law enforcement training and technical assistance programs with international organizations, NGOs, and U.S. law enforcement agencies, but will engage in each of the other aspects of the team’s work upon request. The Advisor will serve as the principal INL Bureau-wide Technical Advisor for these issues, providing expert input to support programming on other INL/GPP teams and in other INL offices (principally geographic program offices), as detailed further below.


The hours for this full-time position are the core hours of INL/GPP: Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.


The physical work location is INL/GPP office at Columbia Plaza (SA-1), 2401 E Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Travel is authorized for this position in accordance with the award


There is mandatory training required for DOS-specific equipment, systems, and processes (reference 13 FAM 300 Agency Mandated Training), which shall be completed promptly and in accordance with Department policy.

Travel related training (i.e. FACT (CT650), HTSOS-C etc.), may be required, if applicable.

  • Work as part of a small team responsible for managing centrally managed anti-money laundering/illicit finance programming along with other transnational crime issues.
  • For INL/GPP’s centrally managed programming, provide support on the daily implementation of the program to include preparation of papers and correspondence concerning program issues, and providing general assistance with the program as directed.
  • For INL/GPP’s centrally managed programming, assist in the oversight of project implementation; assist with the maintenance of funding and budgetary spreadsheets pertaining to task order and program management; and assist the Team Leader on drafting, reviewing and amending all types of project documents.
  • Provide knowledge and expertise in various aspects of money laundering and illicit finance policy issues and program activities to INL/GPP (including other global programs) and to other offices across INL, including geographic program offices.
  • Conduct assessments of the status and effectiveness of country AML regimes, identify shortcomings and reform and technical assistance needs, and recommend programmatic approaches in response.
  • Remain up to date on international standards and frameworks, including particularly FATF standards, country recommendations, and meetings, including by liaising with EB, DOJ, and Treasury.
  • Support INL’s multilateral team including contributing to the development of INL anti-money laundering multilateral objectives and strategies and their implementation.
  • Research, develop, and memorialize INL anti-money laundering doctrine, such as lessons learned, best practices, compilations of INL programming, monitoring and evaluation approaches, and other guidance.
  • Provide and/or coordinate briefings and background materials, upon request, to the INL Front Office, strategic planning unit, and/or board.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with office and other INL colleagues, members of USG law enforcement agencies involved in programming, and USG personnel assigned to U.S. Embassies that are associated with particular implementation programs and policy processes.
  • Draft a variety of technical, programmatic, funding, and informational memoranda and letters; assist in the preparation of responses to Congressional questions, press guidance, and interagency documents in accordance with Department policies and regulations.
  • Provide assistance with the coordination with law enforcement agencies, intra-agency meetings, other agencies, IOs, and NGOs, advising them of stated policy on program issues to include briefings, both written and oral, to senior officials on outcome of meetings.
  • Assist in coordinating the annual production of the Money Laundering Volume of the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, including inter alia tracking submissions, assisting in the clearance process, and proofreading; assist in preparation of briefings on INCSR V. 2 and of responses to demarches.


  • U.S. Citizen.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Four (04) to six (06) years’ experience in relevant field; Demonstrated knowledge of specific country issues, including specialized knowledge of international narcotics and law enforcement, or similar type programs sufficient to ensure project work is in compliance with management policies and procedures and in conformance with the Foreign Assistance Act and other regulatory procedures and guidelines.
  • Proven knowledge of Federal policies and procedures including methods of providing assistance and the Federal budget process.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of players.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation with regard to the interpretation and application of analysis.
  • Experience drafting US government reports and documents, such as the INCSR, embassy cables, and other documents.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, environmental policy, economics, history, law, statistics, or in the humanities.
  • Graduate Degree from an accredited college or university in international affairs, finance, or economics.
  • Demonstrated three (03) to five (05) year’s experience in program management and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated five (05) years or more experience on money laundering, crypto-currency, or other related illicit finance issues.
  • Demonstrated experience working on or academic studies related to international affairs.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate independently, employing oversight over existing and future operations and procurements.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Demonstrated experience working or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies (e.g., Departments of Justice and Treasury) engaged on money laundering and illicit finance issues and the federal law enforcement/criminal justice community.
  • Professional certification related to financial crime, anti-money laundering, or closely related fields.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cyber/cryptocurrency issues. Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in money laundering and illicit finance and other transnational crime issues, initiatives, and standards (from practice, policy, or programming perspectives), or demonstrated ability to come to speed quickly on new areas of knowledge.
  • Demonstrated prior experience with and knowledge of the State Department’s foreign assistance process, the structure and hierarchy of U.S. embassies, and State Department policies and processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a timely and concise manner; interact effectively with others at all levels to prepare, analyze, explain and defend determinations and requirements with respect to conformance to applicable laws, policies and other regulatory guidelines; and advise program officials.
  • Demonstrated work experience in managing complex projects which includes determining and validating requirements, managing project implementation, tracking progress and monitoring impact, and managing related budget processes.

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